Who Makes the Coolest Thing In Illinois?

February 18, 2021

The Illinois Manufacturers Association is sponsoring Makers Madness to find the coolest things made in Illinois, and our very own D11 Dozer and Caterpillar engine block have made the list!

Let’s show our pride in our yellow iron! Take a few minutes to cast your vote. Anyone can vote, whether you are in Illinois or not. Let’s show the strength of Caterpillar by showing our support for these amazing products!

Every product we make, every service and solution we offer is a result of the efforts of the entire Caterpillar family. Whether you build one of these products or work in an office on the other side of the world, your work helps us bring innovative solutions to our customers.

You can vote five times a day, starting on Wednesday, February 17. Every week, the list will be narrowed to the top 16, then eight, and then the final four. 

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D11 and engine block
D11 and engine block

Caterpillar Engine Block

Caterpillar engines have earned their reputation for world-class strength and durability. The Caterpillar Foundry in Mapleton, Illinois is where that reputation begins.  The more than 800 employees at the Mapleton plant make the cast iron blocks at the heart of most of the company’s engine platforms. It’s hard work that demands a focus on safety, quality and commitment to helping customers build a better world. Mapleton employees are a special kind of maker – executing an art that has been practiced for more than 1000 years to transform sand and metals into a solid block of iron.

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Engine Block Pour
Engine Block Pour

D11 Dozer

The Cat® D11 is the largest bulldozer manufactured in Caterpillar’s East Peoria, Illinois facility to serve customers worldwide. This iconic dozer is an industry leader in operator comfort and safety, performance, durability and serviceability. Paired with Cat Minestar Command technology, these dozers can be operated with remote control or semi-autonomous dozing solutions.  

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