For more than 85 years, Caterpillar engines have been powering the industries and businesses that communities around the world rely on to meet critical needs: hospitals, airports and data centers; marine vessels and locomotives; and of course, the heavy equipment digging, dozing, hauling and dumping at our customers’ worksites every day.
Caterpillar engines have earned their reputation for world-class strength and durability. The Caterpillar Foundry in Mapleton, Illinois, is where that reputation begins.
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.
The Mapleton Foundry is one of the largest in the United States. It can melt up to 1,000 tons of iron each day to produce finished castings ranging from 15lb liners to 22,000lb cylinder blocks. These components are the foundation for the company’s 115-6,600hp (86- 4,920 kW) engine platforms. The facility ships an average of 150,000 tons of finished product each year.
Sand, scrap and molten iron! Watch this video to see the process employees at Mapleton use to make an engine block.