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Caterpillar Inc. is the most dominating force in the construction machinery industry.The Illinois-based company clobbered rival John Deere in 2010 revenue and this year it is expected to bring in $51.5 billion.
Its global presence is getting more massive with operations in 128 countries. It now generates about half of its sales from its abroad business. The company will make an aggressive push in Asia and plans to be producing 180,000 machines a year for them by 2015.
Caterpillar is the primary servicer for all major North American railroads, meaning they are responsible for over 100,000 miles of rail.
Caterpillar released 2.65 million metric tons of Carbon Dioxide in 2010, almost as much as all the cars in Washington DC
Caterpillar makes 25,000 forklifts per year - which altogether could lift 967 Empire State Buildings
More than 100,000 Cat engines are at work at any time worldwide in wood chippers, air compressors, irrigators, fire pumps, locomotives and mining machines
A large CAT loader can have up to 1577 horsepower which is four times as great as the horsepower of a Porsche Boxter
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