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Dan Walerius, Published April 29 2010

Remanufacturing reduces waste

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day was a great reminder that wise use of our planet’s resources is critical to sustained progress. At Caterpillar, we make sustainable development part of how we do business. One way is through remanufacturing, which is a highly sophisticated form of recycling that takes end-of-life components and turns them into like-new products for a fraction of the cost. This keeps nonrenewable resources in circulation for multiple lifetimes.

Caterpillar is a global leader in the remanufacturing business. This technology promotes a sustainable environment by reducing waste and the need for raw materials to make new parts. The process of remanufacturing requires 85 to 95 percent less energy and material than manufacturing the same, new component.

Last year, Caterpillar as a company recycled and remanufactured a total of

1.5 million tons of material. Our West Fargo and Fargo facilities, known as Cat Reman Drivetrain, remanufactured 6,300 tons of parts and recycled more than 2,500 tons of scrap metal. This local contribution alone is roughly equivalent to the weight of more than 4,000 automobiles. We also recycled 288 tons of wood, cardboard and paper.

Our employees are proud of their contribution to the sustainability of our planet’s resources. We’re also proud to be part of a forward-thinking company that realizes that progress can be as good for the environment as it is for its customers, investors and local communities.

Walerius is Cat Reman Drivetrain Facility manager, Caterpillar.