On Friday October 28, 2011, Caterpillar Decatur finished building the 1,000th Large Mining Truck for 2011. The 797F has been purchased by Grupo Mexico, and will soon be hard at work at their Cananea copper mine in Sonora, Mexico. This unit is also the 175th 797F built since the release of the F Series in late 2009.
The history of Large Mining Trucks in Decatur, Illinois dates back to September 1984, with first production of the 785. Incidentally, the first production 785 has now been retired from operation, and is currently being prepared to be displayed proudly in front of the Decatur facility by the end of the year. Following the introduction of the 785, Caterpillar then went on to the production of the 789 in October 1986, and first production of the 793 in January 1991. It took approximately seven full years to produce the first 1,000 Large Mining Trucks (1985-1991). Caterpillar has now produced 1,000 Large Mining Trucks in the first 10 months of 2011!
Congratulations to the Caterpillar Decatur plant for their continued dedication to Caterpillar’s success.