January 15, 2020
Claude Heacock may not be a name many people recognize. But his influence and vision is still felt today at Caterpillar. So how did this Kansas native – who grew up in abject poverty and with no formal education – overcome huge obstacles to become company president in 1930, leading Caterpillar through some of its most historically-significant developments?
Corporate Archivist Lee Fosburgh digs into history with Rusty Dunn to tell the untold story of B.C. “Claude” Heacock, a man – who as you will see in this video – more than lived up to his nickname as the “colorful accountant.”
B.C. Heacock, East Peoria, Illinois office, ca. 1931.
B.C. Heacock, Caterpillar Showroom, East Peoria, ca. 1939.
10,000th Caterpillar diesel tractor, 1935.
20,000th Caterpillar diesel tractor, 1936.