Caterpillar team responds to Oklahoma tornadoes

By |  June 6, 2013

After devastating tornadoes struck parts of Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas, Caterpillar, Cat dealers and the Caterpillar Foundation-supported organizations sprang into action. The city of Moore, Okla., was devastated by an EF5 tornado May 20, leaving homes, schools and hospitals in rubble.

Cat dealer Warren Cat, located in Oklahoma and Texas, reported no employees were injured from the tornado, however several employees suffered damage to their homes.

Warren Cat mobilized a team and began relocating equipment and needed resources immediately. A number of other Cat dealers also jumped into action, including Foley and Holt, who sent power modules at the request of Warren Cat to help reopen the Water Treatment Facility near Moore. Warren also shipped light towers, excavators, generator sets and compact construction equipment units to the area.

Cat skid steers are in action, and 44 Cat loaders are being used to clear roads.

“We are well organized and well supported by Caterpillar and the dealer network,” said Jim Nelson, dealer principal at Warren Cat. “We are grateful for the level of support and encouragement we have received from the Caterpillar family. We are thankful for the leadership and dedication of our employees in dealing with this tragedy.”

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