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The world’s largest manufacturer seller of construction equipment

Caterpillar is not only the world's largest manufacturer and seller of construction equipment, but also a producer of mining equipment and generators, turbines, and engines. With hundreds of manufacturing and servicing locations - over 160 locations spread out in more than 193 countries - Caterpillar has helped create our roads, bridges, airports, yeah, simply the entire global infrastructure for almost 100 years. Some of Caterpillar’s main competitors are Deere & Company, Astec Industries, and Colombus McKinnon.

Replacing wheels with tracks

Caterpillar was founded through the merger of the two competitors Holt Manufacturing Company and C. L. Best Tractor Co. and currently has more than 4 million branded products in the iconic Hi-Way Yellow color at work around the world.

Fun fact: when Benjamin Holt replaced the rear wheels from one of his steam tractors with a pair of tracks to better deal with soft soil, the company photographer famously exclaimed that the machine crawled like a big…caterpillar and the company name was born.

More than only construction equipment

In addition to being a leading manufacturer, Caterpillar has branched into several other, maybe unsuspected operations. For example, the company makes durable smartphones for the industrial market and makes money from licensing agreements regarding its trademarked Hi-Yellow colored brand - with products in categories such as apparel, eyewear, games, scale models, toys, knives, and watches. Their brand is truly synonymous with high-performance products built to last.

Caterpillar has ongoing projects to reduce the cyclicality of its business by investing heavily in its services and aftermarket parts operations. Recent supply chain pressures, for example, were overcome by strong growth in services.