Customer Stories

Cat® Machines Lay the Foundation for Complex That Brings Together Hockey, Medicine & Community

Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andrew Fleury. Oh, and Mario Lemieux. If you’re a hockey fan, you know those names. And if you’re rehabbing from an injury in the Pittsburgh area, you just might rub elbows with them during treatment. It’s all thanks to a one-of-a-kind new facility built by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with the help of Cat® equipment.

“It’s a totally new concept—there’s no facility quite like it in the world,” says Matt Herr, the executive director and general manager of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, which is named after Penguins’ owner and National Hockey League legend Mario Lemieux. “It combines the world-class medical side of UPMC with one of the premier development sites for hockey anywhere in the world.”

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Cat® Machines Move the Earth So Motocross Riders Can Take to the Sky

Before some of the world’s best freestyle motocross (FMX) riders gathered in South Africa to perform gravity-defying tricks on their motorcycles, another group of talented individuals had its own innovative feats to accomplish—using Cat® machines.

To sculpt tons of red African soil into a track worthy of the world’s most prestigious FMX event series, the Red Bull X-Fighters turned to local Cat dealer Barloworld Equipment.

“Building the full track outside of the Union Buildings in Pretoria required a range of different earthmoving machines,” says Samantha Swanepoel, general manager of marketing and communications for Barloworld Equipment. “The expert track builders that Red Bull X-Fighters flew in from America prefer Cat machines, so we provided the equipment free of charge through our Cat Rental Store.”

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A Grueling Subterranean Test of Brain, Brawn and Machine

When the Resolution Copper Co. hired Cementation USA to sink a 7,000-foot shaft in the Arizona desert, no one expected the project would be easy. But the miners had no idea how much the job would test their mettle and resolve. Nearly seven years after work began in earnest, the historic dig – which created the deepest single-lift shaft in the United States – is wrapping up, its success a testament to the workers’ ingenuity.

One of their innovations involved a Cat® 279 Compact Track Loader, a machine rarely used in mine development, which cleared blast rubble off a small vertical inset and built a key tunnel. “We were working within some very tight constraints,” says Hector Denogean of Cementation, “and it really did the job.”

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