CAT employees and retirees reminisce over new exhibit

By WEEK Reporter

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 11:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Big Yellow unveiled its new exhibit. "Power Parades of the Past" looks back at the famous Caterpillar demonstrations since 1964.

The Power Parades showed off Caterpillar's product line for employees and their families. Tuesday some of those same people got to reminisce on those moments and share them will family, co-workers and friends.

More than two dozen artifacts were on display, along with photos and videos featuring interviews with former cast members.

"They did what they were aimed to do," said Ken Gerber, a former cast member whose role was the comic relief, Gerber played "Toby the Clown" and "Alexander Botts." Gerber continued, "The show drew the employee into the equipment that they helped to build. In some fashion, each of the thousands of people help to build this equipment and they showcased the tractors."

"A worker would make a single part, but to see it all come together and to see the machine run, I think there's a whole lot of pride right there," said former tractor operator Mike Taylor.

The exhibit will be open until October 2, 2014.

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