Caterpillar is hosting a live video stream though Periscope

UnknownToday on October 8. Caterpillar is hosting a live video stream though Periscope, a new social media platform. A total of 8 video segments will stream during this one-day event, starting at 8am Central Time. Four segments will feature product demonstrations and four highlight technology/customer support solutions.

If you are not familiar with Periscope, it is a new live video streaming app for iOS and Android devices. This social platform allows users to quickly and easily share video right from their mobile device, and engage via chat (and by giving hearts) while watching broadcasts.

Below are the details of the event.
8 AM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Drone, Followed by Q&A with Marty Dains, Edwards Manager (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
9 AM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Ground Level, Followed by Q&A with Chad Cremeens, Field Operations Supervisor (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
11 AM Why Use Genuine Cat Parts, Followed by Q&A with Jeff Payne, Marketing Consultant (Building LC Service Bay)
12 PM SOS Tour, Followed by Q&A with Dana Franklin, SOS Expert (Building LC SOS Lab)
1 PM Fleet Monitoring Center Tour, Followed by Q&A with Mark Kelly, Condition Monitoring Adviser (Building LC Fleet Monitoring Center)
3 PM Walkaround Inspection Demo with Cat Inspect App, Followed by Q&A with Jeff Payne, Marketing Consultant (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
4 PM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Drone, Followed by Q&A with Marty Dains, Edwards Manager (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
5 PM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Ground Level, Followed by Q&A with Chad Cremeens, Field Operations Supervisor (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)

List of Machines
Articulated Trucks
Backhoe Loaders
Motor Graders
Multi-Terrain Loaders
Off-Highway Trucks
On-Highway Trucks
Skid Steers
Wheel Loaders
Wheel Tractor Scrapers

How to Watch
The following instructions will walk you through the process of downloading Periscope, setting up an account and following Caterpillar. Once this is setup, you’ll receive notifications on your mobile device each time Caterpillar begins streaming.
1. Download Periscope on your mobile device
Download on iOS (Click here!)
Download on Android (Click here!)
2. Log in via Twitter or create a new account (for help, click here)
3. Enable notifications when prompted
4. Search for and follow CaterpillarInc (for help, click here)

If you miss the live event, the videos will be available for 24 hours after each live stream through Periscope. They will also be uploaded to YouTube.

ARTBA Announces: Contractors from Virginia, Michigan and Florida 
Receive National Safety Awards

292e959e-725e-47e9-b81f-3973809ceb6bTransportation construction companies from Virginia, Michigan and Florida were recognized for their outstanding corporate worker safety programs at the 2015 American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) National Convention in Philadelphia. An awards ceremony took place during a Sept. 30 luncheon.

Winning firms were the top honorees of ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation’s (TDF) annual “Contractor Safety Awards,” a program developed to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry. Award winners demonstrated a low “OSHA Recordable Rate” as measured against benchmark metrics established by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Finalists were selected based on their achievements, as evidenced by recordable rates below the industry average. Representatives from each company were invited to make a presentation before a panel of industry professionals during the association’s convention. An ARTBA member panel of judges evaluated the entries based on corporate safety culture, operational safety plans and worker training programs. Awards were presented in three categories, based on the number of employee hours worked during the previous year:

  • 500,000 or fewer hours: Hardman Construction, Ludington, Michigan
  • 500,001 to 800,000 hours: Branch Highways, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia
  • 800,000 or more: Superior Construction Company Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida

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Caterpillar Announces New Organizational Structure for Mining and Customer and Dealer-Facing Divisions; Focus on Innovation and Data Analytics Remains a Key Priority

UnknownBuilding on its 90-year history of providing unmatched product support around the world, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced reorganization in its dealer and customer support divisions. These changes are designed to improve and speed the delivery of customer support while simplifying the way Caterpillar interacts with its global dealer network.

“These organizational changes will drive needed simplicity to the business, further enabling us to meet customer and dealer needs by becoming more nimble, lean and responsive,” said Rob Charter, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support. “Our dealers are the best in the industry when it comes to knowing and serving our customers. These changes will help Caterpillar increase accountability at the divisional level and continue to differentiate the Caterpillar business model from our competitors.”

The company is also placing added executive office emphasis on three strategic initiatives – data analytics, digital and innovation capabilities; Lean Transformation; and the Across the Table initiative. Having this additional, executive office focus complements the new structure of Caterpillar’s customer and dealer-facing divisions.

Mining Division Changes  

As previously announced, Chris Curfman, vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar’s Mining Sales & Support Division is retiring, effective December 31, 2015. His division will be integrated into the existing Global Mining machine business divisions. Bringing product, operations, sales and marketing organizations together in both the surface and underground mining applications aligns well with our customers and will also enable a more effective cost structure in a challenging mining environment.

The surface mining sales and support teams will join the Hauling & Extraction Division, which will be renamed the Surface Mining & Technology Division, led by Caterpillar Vice President Tom Bluth.

The underground mining sales and support teams will join the Material Handling and Underground Division, led by Caterpillar Vice President Denise Johnson.

Customer and Dealer-Facing Organizational Changes   

The company is reorganizing divisions across the company into a new structure that will improve efficiency and reduce complexity. This new organizational structure will enable the company to more quickly deliver on its previously announced Across the Table goals.

“Our team will be more responsive, agile and better positioned to work with our dealers as we serve our customers,” Charter said.

  • Distribution Services Divisions – the primary interface with our dealers, these divisions will remain but be reduced to two from three. The two groups will maintain sole responsibility for dealer development and performance, succession and continuity, along with portfolio management, operational excellence and Across the Table strategy execution.
    • Asia Pacific, CIS, Africa & Middle East Distribution Division, Vice President Raymond Chan – covers dealers in Asia-Pacific, CIS, Africa and the Middle East.
    • Americas & Europe Distribution Division, Vice President Phil Kelliher – covers dealers in North and South America and Europe.
  • Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, Vice President Nigel Lewis – new organization created to accelerate the growth of aftermarket sales and service solutions. This organization combines the aftermarket sales and marketing resources, with a focus on improving and growing aftermarket sales and service for Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation, including Cat Work Tools and Cat Reman products.
  • Wear Components & Aftermarket Distribution Division, Vice President Doug Hoerr – new division that merges the design and manufacturing of components and aftermarket distribution into one division to enhance the company’s focus on components availability and inventory improvements. This organization will be closely aligned with the Global Aftermarket Solutions Division to ensure product offerings meet or exceed customer and dealer expectations.
  • Marketing and Digital Division, Vice President George Taylor – newly created division that builds on the current Analytics & Innovation Division. Taylor, who has also been named Caterpillar’s Chief Marketing Officer, and his team will establish a go-to-market strategy for the integration of data analytics, providing state-of the-art solutions and support for customers and dealers. In addition to the digital transformation of the dealer and customer experience, the division’s functions include global brand management, marketing, rental services and retail sales development.
  • Sustainable, Work Tools & Industry Solutions Division, Vice President Greg Folley – new division that brings together the sustainable businesses of Cat Reman and Caterpillar Safety Services with the company’s machine attachment business – Cat Work Tools (design and manufacture). The new division also includes two external sales groups, Cat OEM Solutions and Defense and Federal Products.

Construction Industries Update

In addition to these changes, the Global Construction & Infrastructure Division, led by Vice President Paolo Fellin, has added responsibilities. As part of the company’s move to improve its dealer and customer coverage model, the division will also assume sales responsibilities for work tools, industrial and waste, paving and forestry products, as well as responsibility for heavy rentals.

The above moves will be effective November 1, 2015.

 About Caterpillar
For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit To connect with us on social media, visit