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February 27, 1985 | Associated Press
Caterpillar Tractor Co. said it will close a 600,000-square-foot plant in Joliet, Ill., by 1987, partly because the facility is too far away from the company's main factory complex there. Caterpillar said it has not yet decided how many of the facility's 800 workers will be laid off. The plant makes hydrostatic controls, hydraulic pumps and motors and components.
June 28, 1986 | Associated Press
Caterpillar Inc. negotiators on Friday presented a new contract proposal to the United Auto Workers, hours before the midnight deadline for reaching a labor pact for 17,000 workers in five states. Caterpillar officials, citing a company-imposed news blackout, refused to comment on the proposal. Union sources, speaking on condition they not be identified, said the company had changed its position on some issues.
In a surprise breakthrough after more than five months of bitter deadlock, a federal mediator announced late Tuesday that the approximately 13,000 striking United Auto Workers at Caterpillar Inc. had agreed to go back to work. At the same time, Bernard DeLury, head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said that the earthmoving equipment giant had also agreed to drop its efforts to hire replacement workers for the strikers.
April 11, 1985
Caterpillar Tractor, Peoria, Ill., citing seasonally low winter sales, on Wednesday reported a $70-million loss for the first fiscal quarter, pushing the company's cumulative deficits since the start of 1982 to more than $1 billion. The builder of road-construction machinery said the loss came on revenue of $1.48 billion during the first three months of this year. Caterpillar said first-quarter revenue improved by $90 million over the same period a year ago.
October 17, 2003 | From Associated Press and Bloomberg News
Wall Street finished mixed Thursday as disappointing results from Dow components IBM and Caterpillar, and solid but not exceptional earnings at other companies, gave investors an excuse to shrug off a series of positive reports on the economy. Analysts said investors who had sent stocks to 16-month highs in recent days on expectations of a strong earnings season needed more incentives to make big stock purchases. "On balance, the earnings have been what Wall Street expected.
January 15, 1987
The Peoria, Ill.-based farm equipment manufacturer said the plants targeted for closure are its 2.4-million-square-foot Davenport, Iowa, facility; its 300,000-square-foot Dallas, Ore., facility and its 1.1-million-square-foot plant in Glasgow, Scotland. The moves are to cut costs and improve efficiency. The proposal would affect about 2,800 jobs and reduce the firm's fourth-quarter earnings by $109 million, but the company said it still expected to report a profit for the fiscal year.
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July 11, 1986
Caterpillar Inc. reported second-quarter earnings of $139 million, more than double last year's profit for the same period. The second-quarter showing marked the Peoria, Ill.-based firm's fifth consecutive profitable quarter after three years in the red, during which losses totaled nearly $1 billion. Earnings during the second period of 1985 were $50 million. Dealer sales of earthmoving machines were substantially higher than in the year-earlier period.
January 26, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of bulldozers and excavators, said fourth-quarter earnings rose 11% as demand from China, Russia and South Africa helped overcome slower sales in the U.S., where recession is "a definite threat." Net income increased to $975 million, or $1.50 a share, from $882 million, or $1.32, a year earlier, the Peoria, Ill.-based company said. Sales gained 10% to $12.1 billion. Overseas sales accounted for about 56% of the year's $45 billion in revenue.
April 10, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Caterpillar Inc. said it bought Rockwell International Corp.'s Kato Engineering unit. Terms were not disclosed. Mankato, Minn.-based Kato, which has 560 employees, makes electric generators used in primary and standby power systems. It reported sales of $70 million last year. Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar is the world's largest maker of construction and mining products, natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. It also produces a wide range of power generators.
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