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Bucyrus-Erie was an American surface and underground mining equipment company. It was founded as Bucyrus Foundry and Manufacturing Company in Bucyrus, Ohio in 1880. Bucyrus moved its headquarters to South Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1893. In 1927, Bucyrus merged with the Erie Steam Shovel Company to form Bucyrus-Erie.
|Subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.|
|Fate||Purchased by Caterpillar Inc.|
|Founded||Bucyrus, Ohio, United States (1880 )|
|Founder||Daniel P. Eells et al.|
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Renamed Bucyrus International, Inc. in 1997, it was purchased by Caterpillar Inc. in a US$7.6 billion ($8.6 billion including net debt) transaction that closed on July 8, 2011. At the time of its acquisition, the Bucyrus product line included a range of material removal and material handling products used in both surface and underground mining.
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In 1904 Bucyrus supplied 77 of the 102 steam shovels used to dig the Panama Canal. These were ninety-five-ton models with five-cubic-yard buckets that could move approximately eight tons of material at once. They were operated by a crew of four. Similar to a locomotive, the crew was headed by an engineer, and included two firemen who stoked the boiler with coal, and a craneman. A support crew on the ground of six men extended the rails on which the shovel moved as the digging progressed. A famous photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt was taken in November 1906 operating a Bucyrus shovel in Panama during his inspection trip to the canal. In March 1910, a single Bucyrus shovel excavated 70,000 cubic yards over twenty-six consecutive days at the Culebra cut, setting a canal construction record. Each shovel averaged more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of earth excavated at the cut.
The company changed its name to Bucyrus-Erie in 1927 when it merged with the Erie Steam Shovel Company, the country's leading manufacturer of small excavators at that time.
In 1930 Bucyrus joined with the English firm of Ruston & Hornsby Ltd Lincoln, England, to form the Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd firm in England. Ruston & Hornsby Ltd were the pre-eminent manufacturers of steam excavators at the time, having started in 1874; the merger gave the company access to previously unavailable world markets.
Ruston & Hornsby Ltd sold their share in Ruston-Bucyrus in 1985, during a period of recession and consolidation in the mining industry, as they divested themselves of non-core businesses to survive.
For a time in the 1980s the company was known as Becor Western following its merger with Western Gear.
The company took its current name, Bucyrus International, Inc. in 1997.
Bucyrus built hundreds of large mining machines, as well as construction equipment, in an intense competition against competitor Marion Power Shovel. Bucyrus acquired Marion Power Shovel in 1997.
On May 4, 2007, Bucyrus completed the acquisition of the DBT Group, a Lunen, Germany based manufacturer of underground mining equipment, from RAG Coal International AG of Herne, Germany. Bucyrus acquired DBT because DBT's underground mining equipment complemented Bucyrus' surface mining products.
On November 15, 2010, Bucyrus agreed to be acquired by Caterpillar in a transaction valued at US$8.6 billion. Caterpillar said it intended to create a new mining business headquarters at the former Bucyrus headquarters location in South Milwaukee. The transaction closed in mid-2011.
The Intellectual Property Rights for Bucyrus Erie cranes was acquired by Sparrows Group which has crane manufacturing operations based in Houston, Texas 
- 4250-W walking dragline, also known as Big Muskie, was built in 1969, with a 220-cubic-yard (170 m3) bucket and weighed 13,000 metric tons. Big Muskie's 220-cubic-yard (170 m3) bucket is currently sitting outside McConnellsville, Ohio in a small park dedicated to coal mining.
- Two 3850-B stripping shovels built in 1962 and 1964, with bucket capacities of 115 and 145 cu yd (88 and 111 m3).
- The 2570-W or WS, one of B-E's most popular dragline models with bucket capacities between 120 and 160 cu yd (92 and 122 m3). Ursa Major at Black Thunder Coal Mine was reported to be the third largest dragline ever built.
- The Silver Spade and its twin the GEM of Egypt, 1950B Stripping shovels, was built in 1965 and 1967 respectively, with a bucket capacity of 80 m3 (100 cu yd). The Silver Spade was scrapped in 2007. Many videos can be seen of it working through Bennetshovel on Youtube.com
- The Stripping shovel Big Brutus, a 1850-B, was built in 1962, with a 90-yard bucket. It currently sits in West Mineral, Kansas, as the huge centerpiece of a museum.
- The Bucyrus-Erie 50-R, a 55-foot-high behemoth rising 11 stories tall and housing a massive drill, was responsible for the successful rescue of two miners during the 1963 Sheppton, Pennsylvania mining disaster.
- The 1250-B/W and 1260-W walking draglines, with buckets between 33 and 45 cu yd (25 and 34 m3).
- The 5-W walking dragline, carrying a 5-cubic-yard (3.8 m3) bucket and produced until around 1970;
- Marion Power Shovel Company of Marion, Ohio designed the crawler transporter used to carry Saturn V rockets and Space Shuttles to their launch pads.
- in 1946 an 1150RB walking dragline was transported to Britain as part of the Marshall Plan. It was used to remove overburden at various mines around the UK, lastly at St Aidan's opencast coal mine, Yorkshire, until the River Aire burst its banks and flooded the mine in March 1988. It has been preserved as a static monument at the site.
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Bucyrus International, Inc. ...announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the mining equipment business of Terex Corporation.
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Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization of B-E Holdings, Inc. and Bucyrus-Erie Company under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, as modified December 1, 1994 (the "Amended Plan").
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In 1880 Daniel P. Eells brought together relatives and business associates with the intention of forming a new manufacturing facility.
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Caterpillar Inc. and bucyrus International, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approxijately $8.6 billion (including net debt).
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