Caterpillar makes another investment in US operations

Company will spend $20 million to expand South Carolina plant and create 80 jobs.

March 15, 2012   by PLANT STAFF

PEORIA, Ill.: Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans for a $20 million expansion to its manufacturing facility in Sumter, South Carolina, a move that will create more than 80 jobs over the next two years.

The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat products. The additional capacity will bring the production of large hydraulic cylinders from the company’s Joliet, Illinois, facility to Sumter.

Once the expansion is completed, the Sumter facility will be the primary source for small and large hydraulic cylinders for North and South America. The expansion will allow the Joliet facility to focus on increasing production for other components currently produced there.

The expansion plan includes an additional 170,000 square feet, bringing the Sumter facility’s total footprint to approximately 275,000 square feet once complete.

This is Caterpillar’s second big investment since shuttering its Electro-Motive locomotive plant in London, Ont. that put 450 employees out of work.

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