Cat Logistics adding parts distribution center in Mexico

Caterpillar Logistics Inc. is is adding a new parts distribution center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the company announced on March 30. The 500,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 150 people and is expected to be operational mid-2013.

The capital city, San Luis Potosi, serves as an ideal location for a strategic logistics operation. Access to major airports and a rail hub is complemented by a major highway crossroads providing easy access to transportation routes between major cities in Mexico.

This investment represents the first of many aimed at enhancing parts distribution operations in Central and South America. The facility in Mexico will be the sixth new parts distribution center in the modernization plan and will join new facilities in Central California; Clayton, Ohio; Spokane, Wash.; Waco, Texas; and Dubai, UAE. The added facilities represent nearly four million square feet of increased capacity to the overall distribution network and clearly demonstrate our commitment to providing unmatched parts availability to customers and dealers around the world.

In addition to these new facilities, there are also capacity expansion projects underway at existing Cat Logistics facilities in Atlanta, Georgia; Grimbergen, Belgium; Melbourne, Australia; and Shanghai, China. These projects are focused on delivering unmatched customer support by increasing capacity and realizing network efficiencies. All of these facilities are leveraging common systems and processes in addition to Service Parts Management (SPM), a global solution that replaces multiple legacy software systems supporting the Cat parts network.

“We are pleased to reach the next stage of our multiyear expansion, and this facility will further enable us to meet the significant growth in this region now and in the future,” said Steve Larson, vice president of Caterpillar Inc., and chairman and president of Cat Logistics, in a press release. “Our investments in state-of-the-art technology and processes have one purpose — ensuring that Caterpillar and Cat dealers support our customers’ success better than anyone else.”

In addition to the global expansion and enhancement of the Cat parts distribution network, Caterpillar has announced a number of strategic capacity expansions globally including new and existing manufacturing facilities and additional research and development capacity. These actions have occurred in the United States, South America, Europe and across Asia, positioning the company to meet growing demand for its products in the coming years.