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Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman Elects to Retire in 2017; Jim Umpleby Elected as Caterpillar’s Next CEO; Dave Calhoun to Become Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

After more than 41 years with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2017. During his time as Chairman and CEO, Oberhelman has reinvigorated the company’s focus on serving customers while also driving a culture of quality and safety. Oberhelman led the company to its highest sales and revenue peak in its 91-year history in 2012, and, since that time, has successfully led the company through the unprecedented downturn affecting our key industries.

During Oberhelman’s tenure:

Product quality levels have reached historically high levels.
Market position for machines has significantly increased.
New Lean Management processes have simplified and sped production capabilities, improving product availability for dealers and customers.
The company has increased its quarterly dividend by 83 percent since 2010.
The balance sheet is strong, and at the end of the second quarter of 2016, Caterpillar’s Machinery Energy & Transportation debt-to-capital ratio was 39.0 percent, with $6.764 billion in cash as of June 30, 2016.
Global safety metrics for employees have dramatically improved, with the Recordable Injury Frequency improving each year.

After more than 41 years with Caterpillar Inc., Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2017.

After more than 41 years with Caterpillar Inc., Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2017.

Caterpillar has been granted nearly 7,300 patents worldwide.
The company dramatically expanded its commitment to lower owning and operating costs for customers by connecting new and existing equipment through digital technology and data analytics.
“Our people have heard me say many times that my greatest responsibility as Chairman and CEO is to manage Caterpillar for today and position the company and its future leaders for long-term success,” Oberhelman said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this company, and I am confident in the choice of my successor, Jim Umpleby.”

“During the last four years, Caterpillar has faced unprecedented global economic conditions that have significantly impacted the industries served by our customers, as those industries and economic growth in many regions around the world have slowed or severely contracted. Faced with these challenges, our employees have responded like champions. We have improved our market position and grown our field population. Our product quality is at historically high levels, and I believe we are leading the industry in digital capabilities. I am confident that Caterpillar is stronger than ever, with product quality, power, technology and innovation that is the envy of our competitors. Add to that lean and agile manufacturing capabilities and an unrivaled global distribution channel. The future is bright,” Oberhelman added.

After more than 41 years with Caterpillar Inc., Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2017.
The company’s Board of Directors has elected Jim Umpleby, currently a Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Energy & Transportation, to succeed Oberhelman as CEO. Umpleby, a 35-year veteran of the company, will join the Caterpillar Board of Directors and become CEO effective January 1, 2017. He joined Solar Turbines Incorporated in San Diego, California, in 1980. Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbine systems. Early in his career, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer services. Umpleby lived in Asia from 1984 to 1990, with assignments in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Caterpillar Board of Directors elected Umpleby a Caterpillar Vice President and President of Solar Turbines in 2010. He was named Group President and a member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office, effective January 2013.

“For more than 91 years, Caterpillar equipment has been renowned for its quality, durability, innovation and value,” Umpleby said. “I have been privileged to work with Caterpillar employees and dealers in supporting our customers as they develop the world’s infrastructure and improve standards of living and quality of life. I look forward to leading our dedicated team as we build upon the accomplishments of those that have come before us.”

Jim Umpleby, currently a Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Energy & Transportation, will succeed Doug Oberhelman as Caterpillar Inc. CEO, effective January 1, 2017.
Oberhelman will remain as Executive Chairman of Caterpillar until March 31, 2017, when he will retire. Upon Oberhelman’s retirement, Dave Calhoun, a current member of the Caterpillar Board,

Jim Umpleby, currently a Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Energy & Transportation, will succeed Doug Oberhelman as Caterpillar Inc. CEO, effective January 1, 2017.

Jim Umpleby, currently a Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Energy & Transportation, will succeed Doug Oberhelman as Caterpillar Inc. CEO, effective January 1, 2017.

will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Calhoun is Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Portfolio Operations of The Blackstone Group L.P.

Ed Rust, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, and currently Presiding Director of the Caterpillar Board, will remain on the Board, but will no longer hold the title of Presiding Director once Calhoun assumes the role of Non-Executive Chairman.

“The Board has a robust, best-in-class succession planning process for the critical roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer as well as other top executive positions. One of our top priorities as a Board is developing a strong pipeline of senior leaders. Discussions are held throughout each year, and today’s announcement is the result of these ongoing and deliberate Board discussions,” Rust said. “I am certain Jim will continue the superb leadership, which is the hallmark of Caterpillar, in the years to come. I especially want to thank Doug for his strong and outstanding leadership of the company throughout his tenure, particularly in the last four years, when the global economic environment has created unprecedented challenges for Caterpillar. We wish Doug all of the best for a successful retirement following a distinguished and successful 41-year career.”

Calhoun has been a member of the Caterpillar Board of Directors since 2011. In addition to his role with the Blackstone Group, he was previously Executive Chair of Nielsen Holdings N.V. (2014-2015), served as Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of

Jim Umpleby, currently a Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Energy & Transportation, will succeed Doug Oberhelman as Caterpillar Inc. CEO, effective January 1, 2017.

Dave Calhoun, a current member of Caterpillar Inc.’s Board of Directors, will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective March 31, 2017.

The Nielsen Company B.V. (2006-2013), Vice Chairman of General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Infrastructure (2005-2006).

“I am honored to take on these new responsibilities with Caterpillar, an iconic and global leader,” Calhoun said. “Following a deliberate succession process, the Board confidently elected Jim as Caterpillar’s next CEO. He reflects the best attributes of Caterpillar’s culture and leadership. I also want to compliment Doug for his outstanding leadership as Chairman and CEO, as the capstone to more than four decades of service. His leadership in the last four years has been remarkable as the company has successfully navigated an incredibly difficult cycle while positioning Caterpillar to take full advantage of the next upturn.”

A replacement for Umpleby will be announced at a later date.

About Caterpillar
For 91 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 2015 sales and revenues of $47.011 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 caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

CASE, Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor Work with Team Rubicon to Improve Erosion Control and Natural Habitats at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge


CASE Construction Equipment, Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor provided equipment and product/training support to veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon for use in team_rubicon_blackwater_1training 10 new participants in its heavy equipment training program. The training included course work, and then practical operation in laying riprap for erosion control and spreading topsoil to encourage growth of the natural habitat for wildlife at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Cambridge, MD. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Blackwater NWR protects approximately 28,000 acres of tidal marshlands and woodlands for the benefit of wildlife species.

Team Rubicon is training its members in the safe use and maintenance of heavy equipment for its disaster response operations. Folcomer Equipment provided a SR240 skid steer, and Groff Tractor supplied a CX75C SR excavator to the effort. The partnership between CASE, Team Rubicon and the National Wildlife Refuge Association dates back to November 2015 when the three organizations began working together to complete training and project work. Other refuge training projects have been completed in Texas, California and Washington, with additional training taking place at sites throughout the country. Eventually, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that about 100 Team Rubicon members will be available to refuges for team_rubicon_blackwater_2heavy equipment work and hundreds more available as volunteers for service projects across the country.

“Both Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor understand the dual benefits of this partnership and how it relates to the CASE mission,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “We’re providing skills training for veterans to use in both disaster response operations and their careers. We’re also helping improve critical natural habitats and supporting sustainability in the process. Folcomer and Groff really stepped up to make this training possible.”

To learn more about Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. To donate to Team Rubicon in support of its disaster response efforts, visit Case.TeamRubiconusa.org. For more on CASE, visit CaseCE.com. Groff Tractor can be found online at www.grofftractor.com, and Folcomer Equipment can be found at www.folcomerequipment.com.

About CASE

CASE Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world. Through CASE dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible team_rubicon_blackwater_4financing. More information is available at www.CaseCE.com.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.


About Blackwater NWR
team_rubicon_blackwater_3Established in 1933, Blackwater NWR is an important resting and feeding area for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, and home of two formerly endangered species, the southern bald eagle the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel. Learn more about the refuge at www.fws.gov/refuge/Blackwater. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

Making the Grade: The Benefits of 2-D Machine Guidance and Control Systems

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Lane Construction: Building Diverging Diamond Interchanges to Improve Traffic Flow

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CASE Long Reach Excavators Add Increased Digging Capabilities to D Series Lineup

Two D Series excavators – the CX210D LR and CX250D LR – offer increased dig radius and depth with Long Reach (LR) models.

case_cx210d_lr_2CASE Construction Equipment’s CX210D LR and CX250D LR crawler excavators provide increased operating performance for deep trenching, sloping, demolition, dredging, digging in sand or gravel pits or any application that requires long-distance bucket reach and precision. Each Long Reach (LR) model features an elongated boom and arm for increased digging capabilities in deep or long-distance digging applications, while providing the same improved responsiveness and multifunction controls of the D Series.

Each model also offers more standard features than previous CASE excavators, simplifying the buying process and making them extremely versatile and operator friendly. All CASE D Series excavators provide peace of mind and lower total cost of ownership through CASE ProCare™.

Basic Operating Specs:

CX210D LR:

160 horsepower

Operating weight 51,900 pounds

Max dig radius: 51 feet 2 inches

Max dig depth: 39 feet 4 inches

Bucket digging force: 14,600 foot pounds

CX250D LR:

177 horsepower

Operating weight 63,523 pounds

Max dig radius: 60 feet 1 inch

Max dig depth: 47 feet 9 inches

Bucket digging force: 17,310 foot pounds

The CX210D LR and CX250D LR both employ an SCR Tier 4 Final solution that provides greater fuel efficiency (CX210D LR – up to 9%, CX250D LR – up to 14%) without sacrificing power. SCR lets the engine run at peak performance throughout the work cycle and, because it works without a diesel particulate filter (DPF), there’s no DPF regeneration or associated lifetime service costs. This helps maximize uptime and performance – all with minimal maintenance.

case_cx210d_lr Intelligent Speed, Power and Efficiency

Faster cycle times are achieved through a new electronically controlled pump, a larger control valve and multiple sensors. These features combine with the CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System and its four integrated control systems to make the best use of the machine’s hydraulic power and momentum, resulting in added strength and fuel efficiency.

The four systems that make up the CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System are: Boom Economy Control (BEC), which reduces RPMs by using gravity during boom down and swing; Auto Economy Control (AEC), which lowers RPMs during idle and automatically shuts down the engine after a preset idle time; Swing Relief Control (SWC), which reduces hydraulic power at the swing start; and Spool Stroke Control (SSC), which adjusts hydraulic pressure during digs.

Using improvements to the Spool Stroke Control system, the CX210D LR and CX250D LR excavators re-use hydraulic fluid whenever possible to automatically increase cycle times and efficiency. The operator experiences a more productive machine without losing the precision of the machine’s controls.

The CX210D LR and CX250D LR excavators also provide the operator with three working modes – Speed Priority, Heavy and Automatic – that help the machine conserve energy and exert only as much power as needed to complete the job at hand.

More Robust Design

The arm and boom of each D Series excavator have been built stronger for greater durability and to support the added power of the machine. The undercarriage is built with thicker steel and a new single-slope design that reduces dirt accumulation and eases cleaning.

Greater Feature Standardization

CASE D Series excavators now offer more standard features than any previous CASE excavator. This includes Free Swing for improved craning, laying or lifting of offset loads; oil sample ports for quick sampling of engine and hydraulic oils; and an easy pattern selector for the operator’s preference of ISO or SAE controls. Each D Series excavator features a fully adjustable operator station anchored by a standard heated air-ride seat and joystick controls that allow for smooth performance.

These excavators also feature best-in-class cab space, excellent visibility, and a pressurized and iso-mounted cab that keeps noise and vibration down. A standard Bluetooth radio gives operators hands-free functionality that further improves the operator experience. A standard rearview camera feeds a 7-inch widescreen monitor that also provides operators with real-time access to important performance parameters, including fuel consumption, operating hours and machine information.

Light it Up

Each machine is available with a new (optional) LED working light package that provides illumination similar to sunlight – and more than three-times brighter than halogen – allowing contractors to work around the clock. The LED package includes six LED lights (two front, two rear and one on each side) and a side-view camera.

CASE ProCare

All CASE D Series excavators are covered under CASE ProCare – a suite of product assurances that includes a three-year Advanced CASE SiteWatch™ telematics subscription, a three-year/3,000-hour full-machine factory warranty, and a three-year/3,000-hour planned maintenance contract. ProCare allows business owners to invest in new equipment while helping to make owning and operating costs predictable for the first three years of lease or ownership.

For more information on the CX210D LR and CX250D LR as well as the entire lineup of CASE D Series excavators, visit CaseCE.com/DSeries.