Products made in the United States have been showcased at the White House in a display entitled “Made in America.”
Included on the South Lawn of the White House is a Caterpillar 966M wheel loader, manufactured at the company’s Aurora plant.
Companies from all 50 states were invited to participate in the display. Caterpillar is the only company representing Illinois.
“This wheel loader is found on highways, construction sites, mining sites,” company Vice President of Global Government and Corporate Affairs Kathyrn Karol told WMBD’s Greg and Dan Show. “It’s an iconic product for Caterpillar.
The display is part of week-long celebration promoting items made in the United States.
“It definitely plays here in the U.S. and hopefully will play loudly for Illinois as we are on the South Lawn of the White House,” Karol said.
“Caterpillar is proud to represent Illinois and showcase this wheel loader as just one example of the skill and craftsmanship of our employees,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Caterpillar has a substantial presence across the country – operations in 19 states, approximately 70 facilities, a workforce of 48,500, the tremendous strength of the independent CAT dealer network supporting customers in all 50 states, and a supplier base of more than 15,000 companies.”
“We welcome the opportunity to continue working with the Trump Administration on policies that will increase economic growth,” Umpleby said.
The Washington Post reports in addition to Monday’s “Made in America” showcase at the White House, the president plans to issue a declaration Wednesday and deliver remarks on the importance of making things in the United States.
Saturday, Trump will travel to Norfolk to attend the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in the Navy’s new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.