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Labor Relations At Caterpillar Inc Introduction Nothing is more familiar on a construction site than the bright yellow heavy equipment manufactured by Caterpillar Inc Since as early as 1883 caterpillar equipment has seen use in every form of heavy construction earth moving agriculture and military use This company was started as a small wooden wheel-producing factory and has since grown into the international giant and leader in construction machinery production Caterpillar The Company Caterpillar History In 1883 the Holt brothers founded the Stockton Wheel Company with the purpose of seasoning woods to enable them to be used in the arid midlands of California and surrounding deserts The wooden wheels manufactured were to be the companies first venture into vehicular products Taking a step beyond the manufacture of wheels in 1886 the Holt brothers improved upon an existing agricultural machine the combine Replacing the traditional gear system which was used to transmit power from the ground wheels to the machines inner workings with a flexible chain belt system greatly reduced the amount of time spent repairing machine breakdowns The Holts next tackled the biggest problem in agriculture at the time the reliance on animal power for machines Developing a steam driven tractor which could haul up to fifty tons of freight at three miles an hour helped farmers to reduce the amount of money spent on maintaining large horse teams and the men who worked them Caterpillars namesake was developed in 1906 Observing the muddy farm conditions that would bog down ordinary equipment the Holts developed the linked belt crawl system This caterpillar-style tractor could negotiate any type of terrain and quickly began to catch on The 1908 sale of 25 of these caterpillar-type tractors to the engineers of the Los Angeles Aqueduct gave Caterpillar the credibility and sales they needed to further expand Throughout the early 1900s the Holt brothers continued to improve upon their tractors The onset of World War I
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