Inspiration and Pride - 45 Years Strong

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Our people demonstrate passion and take on every challenge they face. They’re here with a purpose and take pride in building what matters.

Today, we’re celebrating members of our Caterpillar team who have worked here for 45 years. When asked to share their thoughts on what has made an impact on them during their career – their responses were full of pride. Pride in their work, pride in their teams and pride in what our products and services make possible.

Take a peek at their responses.

CHUCK - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, U.S.

Q: What inspires you to come to work everyday?

A: I truly enjoy the people, my boss, and the work that I do. The relationships we’ve all built here are phenomenal. There is a young man here who I look to as a son. I come in everyday and enjoy the work that I do here.

MIKE - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, U.S.

Q: What inspires you to come to work everyday?

A: The guys I work with everyday. That’s what inspires me to come into work everyday…the camaraderie.

ELISABETH "BABETH" - EXCAVATION, FRANCE

Q: What inspires you?

A: On my personal time, I like to make candy cakes! I really enjoy this hobby because my thoughts are focused on the assembly of the candies. I regularly make candy cakes for my co-workers and even for their kids’ birthday parties. I try to personalize each cake according to their taste by creating a movie or cartoon character or even an ice skating rink, or a soccer field! I have also created some of them with the Caterpillar logo type for internal celebrations.

Julio - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, U.S.

Q: What inspires you to come to work everyday?

A: I want to make sure I come in every day knowing we’re getting these machines to the customer on time and making sure we’re building a quality product.

GEORGE - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDEGROUND, ILLINOIS, U.S.

Q: What inspires you to come into work everyday?

A: I am proud of my work. I am the last guy to weld this metal before it's sent off to the customer or the paint line. I have to make sure it's right. Always do it right the first time.

ROLLIN “RED” - ADVANCED COMPONENTS MANUFACTURING, ILLINOIS, US

Q: Do you have a motto?

A: Work hard, play harder

CRAIG - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, US

Q: What is your work motto?

A: Do the best you can do.

CHUCK - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, US

Q: What is your work motto?

A: Do the best you can do at any job. Be consistent at what you do and make sure to do it right.

ALLEN - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, US

Q: What is your work motto?

A: As long as you are able to ... keep on working

WILLIAM (BILL) - ADVANCED COMPONENT MANUFACTURING, ILLINOIS, US

Q: Do you have a work motto?

A: You make your record, they keep it. If you do your job and do it well, you are well rewarded for your dedication. So its up to you to set the record and make a good impression.

JOHN - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, USA

Q: What is an accomplishment you are especially proud of?

A: John says he’s referred to as a floater and is usually helping out all around SS because he’s been around so long and has handled a lot of different material. He said: “I can walk into a job and within a few days pick it up pretty quickly because I’ve handled so much material."

JEAN - EXCAVATION DIVISION, FRANCE

Q: Where have you seen our products making a difference in your community?

A: In the town I live in, there are two public work companies owning a lot of Cat machines. I personally know some operators who run our machines on job sites. As customers, they often tell me how good our machines are. Especially the models they have recently acquired, which are even more efficient.

WILL - ADVANCED COMPONENTS MANUFACTURING, ILLINOIS, USA

Q:What is your favorite job or most memorable career moment?

A: Witnessing Makuta (leadership) work the production floor with a hard-hat. He went out to lead by example for the employees on the production floor.

DAVE - ADVANCED COMPONENT MANUFACTURING, ILLINOIS, US

Q: What is an accomplishment you are especially proud of?

A: Being able to stay in one job for this long and putting quality into all of my work. I care about the end product and what the customer receives. It has to be reassuring that when you make a purchase as valuable as the trucks we put out, that someone on the inside, someone from within, took great care to make sure you received a quality product.

GARY - EXCAVATION DIVISION, GEORGIA

Q: What is your favorite job or most memorable career moment?

A: I graduated from the four year Machinist Apprentice program. My identical twin brother and I went through the program together. It was excellent training and preparation for my future assignments.

BOBBY - MATERIAL HANDLING & UNDERGROUND, ILLINOIS, US

Q: What is an accomplishment you are especially proud of?

A: Taking part in the NPI (New Product Introduction) builds. He says two of the toughest, yet were also his favorite, NPI builds he took part in include the D7E – an electric drive tractor and the more recent build of the D6 Horizon.

KLAUS - GLOBAL POWER SYSTEMS, GERMANY

Q: What is your favorite job or most memorable career moment?

A: I have been attached to crankcases and engines for around 40 years now. I had my most memorable experiences when I worked in China as a technical assistant / head of production in a Joint Venture for three years between 2000 and 2002.


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