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The ICAT Honorary Chair
Mr. Douglas R. Oberhelman
Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.
ICAT Honorary Chair
For almost 90 years Caterpillar machines have helped our customers build roads, bridges, canals and dams around the world – the infrastructure that makes transportation, trade and economic growth possible.
To serve our customers, we also have to receive supplies quickly and efficiently. We also need quick and efficient ways to transport our machines to our customers’ job and project sites.
In short, we need infrastructure. Historically, the United States invested in Infrastructure, and that investment built a national surface transportation system second to none. That system also fueled rapid economic growth here and supported growth abroad. Goods moved efficiently between the United States and our global trading partners -- through our ports and airports and highways and roads.
But for many years we haven’t made infrastructure investment a priority. To boost economic growth and trade, which lead to jobs and prosperity, we need constant and sustainable infrastructure investment.
Conferences like this, to explore how we can reverse past trends and develop long term solutions are critical. And it’s especially hopeful when leaders from education, government and business are together to talk about sustainable infrastructure funding. That’s where progress starts.
Thanks for your dedication to this very important issue.
February 19, 2014
About Caterpillar Inc.
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making progress possible and driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. With 2013 sales and revenues of $60 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 also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.