Caterpillar announced today it has selected Rimco Cat, a privately owned Puerto Rico-based company founded by the McConnie family in 1981, to be the Cat dealer for Cuba. Currently, Rimco serves as the Cat dealer for Puerto Rico and the Eastern Caribbean. Upon easing of trade restrictions, customers in Cuba will be able to purchase Cat products through Rimco in accordance with U.S. and Cuba regulations.
“We’re pleased to take this important step with our longtime partner, Rimco,” said Philip Kelliher, vice president with responsibility for the Americas & Europe Distribution Services Division. “Cuba needs access to the types of products that Caterpillar makes and, upon easing of trade restrictions, we look forward to providing the equipment needed to contribute to the building of Cuba’s infrastructure. This momentous announcement is part of our preparations in anticipation of the United States lifting its 55-year-old trade embargo on Cuba.”
Caterpillar will continue its work with the Administration and Congress to end the embargo and while steps remain until relations are fully normalized, including lifting the embargo, Rimco and Caterpillar will continue preparations to serve the Cuban marketplace with construction and mining equipment, power systems, marine and industrial engines.