Cat expands operations in North Carolina

Caterpillar Inc. is expanding its compact construction equipment operations located in Sanford, N.C.

Construction is expected to begin in early September 2010, with operations starting in July 2011. When the expansion is complete and fully operational, Cat expects to add 325 additional workers throughout a five-year period, bringing the total workforce to about 750 people.

The development, Cat says, will provide the increased logistics and fabrications capacity currently required to meet growing global demand for the skid steer in Sanford.

The expansion plans include a 270,000-square-foot building addition that will house logistics and the robotic welding technology for fabrication production.

The Sanford campus project provides Caterpillar with several key benefits that support our quest to constantly improve value for our customers,” Mary Bell, vice president of Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division, said in a written press statement. “We appreciate the support we received from our local partners and from the State of North Carolina for our growth strategy.”

The expansion of compact construction equipment production capacity is part of Caterpillar’s long-term strategy “to deliver the highest quality, best value building construction machines in the industry.”

“For the second time in less than a week, Caterpillar is making a major investment in North Carolina and strengthening its ties as a corporate citizen of our state,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “By expanding its stake in North Carolina, Caterpillar has demonstrated that our own investments in education, worker training, transportation and infrastructure have paid off. We have created the kind of business climate and workforce that is attracting new companies and encouraging the ones that are here to grow.”