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Bustani, Khoury, Shammas And The C.A.T. Group

The C.A.T. Group has played a significant and proud role in the history of 20th Century contracting. Established in Haifa in 1937, the Contracting And Trading (C.A.T.) Company experienced both the sufferings and the aspirations of the tumultuous area. Founder Emile Bustani was joined by partners, Abdallah Khoury and Shukri Shammas, to form a company of the same name and with the same corporate emblem, the well-known black cat. After the death of the founders, the partners strategically established in 1993 an international corporate structure. C.A.T. Holding S.A. was registered in Luxembourg and took oversight of all contracting activities. The Board of Directors of C.A.T. Holding S.A. regroup six members of the three owning families, Bustani, Khoury and Shammas, and three independent members known for their integrity and prominence in the profession. Those changes were complemented with the creation of a new and modern structure, based on the separation between the ownership and the operational management, creating thereby the first family owned construction company in the Middle East with a purely employed professional management. The mission of the C.A.T. Group is to offer wide range of integrated engineering, procurement and construction services based on up-to-date knowledge, quality assurance, safety, quality workmanship, cost awareness and on-time delivery. Competent professional management, selective recruitment based on multi-cultural credentials and on social-oriented human resources management and practices, a focus on quality and on safety, have resulted in successful completion of many complex projects over the decades. C.A.T.’s continuing success rests on its commitment to use modern work methods and techniques, and to skillfully integrate new technologies.

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