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Big wheels from Illinois roll into D.C. for ‘Made in America’ week

A Caterpillar 966M wheel loader will be among the products on display at the Executive Mansion in Washington, D.C., today as part of the “Made in America” product showcase.
A Caterpillar 966M wheel loader will be among the products on display at the Executive Mansion in Washington, D.C., today as part of the “Made in America” product showcase.

PEORIA – Equipment from Caterpillar Inc. will be on display today to promote Illinois’ manufacturing at a White House event.

The “Made in America” product showcase at the Executive Mansion will feature one product from each of the 50 states in the union, including a Caterpillar 966M wheel loader.

The event is being held as part of an effort “that highlights and celebrates American-made products and encourages other companies to manufacture their products in the United States,” the White House said in a news release.

The display is expected to be attended not only by President Donald Trump, but also by Vice President Mike Pence, multiple Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and White House staff members, according to press guidance from the White House.

The president lavished praise on the company and its products throughout the 2016 campaign as well as after entering office. During a meeting of manufacturing leaders at the White House in February, Trump told then-Chairman and retired CEO Doug Oberhelman, “I love Caterpillar.”

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