Caterpillar 250,000th Backhoe Loader manufactured in Leicester

Caterpillar 250,000th Backhoe Loader manufactured in LeicesterCaterpillar is proud to present its 250,000th Backhoe Loader machine. To celebrate this milestone, the press were invited to attend the reveal at Caterpillar, Leicester where the machines new owner came all the way from Texas to collect the keys.

With today’s economic climate, Caterpillar believe that it is key to promote their successes and look ahead not only to what the future has in store for this product, but also the full machine range that Caterpillar offers.

The importance of the Leicester facility is shown in many ways, including boasting an 80% export rate on all machines assembled at the plant. Caterpillar currently employs over 1700 people in its Leicester facility and over 13,000 across 16 major facilities in the UK.

Caterpillar has had roots in Leicester for more than 55 years, being the first major facility to open outside of the United States. The company is committed to a profitable and sustainable presence in the UK for the long-term benefits of all its stakeholders, not the least the communities in which Caterpillar employees live and work.

Having manufactured lift trucks since 1976, Caterpillar’s Leicester plant was chosen to assemble the new 416 Backhoe Loader in the summer of 1983. On September 7th 1985, Caterpillar launched its first commercially available Backhoe Loader a 416 built at the Leicester BCP facility, which was sold to a customer in New Jersey, USA. The machine was co-developed by a core team in Peoria, Illinois and the manufacturing business team in Leicester.

In spite of a relatively late entry into the Backhoe Loader market, the last 26 years have seen Caterpillar’s share in the Backhoe Loader industry grow considerably. This unique machine has become a vital product in the Caterpillar BCP portfolio. The Cat Backhoe Loader has evolved throughout this time, providing customers with a solution to their ever growing needs and no doubt, will continue to do so.

Since manufacture of this product began in 1985, Caterpillar has gone on to produce a total of 5 series of Backhoe Loaders each more innovative than the last, introducing industry firsts such as the True-Excavator style boom for excellent clearance over objects, which is still a signature trademark of the CAT Backhoe, and on certain models, standard pilot hydraulic joysticks, increasing operator comfort. In respect to other leading manufacturers, the CAT Backhoe Loader over the last 25 years has sold just under a quarter of a million units world wide taking considerable market share in a relatively short amount of time, demonstrating the recognition that Caterpillar Backhoe Loaders have been received as one of the best machines in the industry.

Image: John Goodrich & Lisa Goodrich of C.F Jordan Construction USA taking delivery of their new machine