Cat announces new distribution center in Mexico

By WEEK Reporter

Cat announces new distribution center in Mexico

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Caterpillar Logistics Inc., a wholly owned Cat subsidiary, announced Friday a new parts distribution center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The 500,000 square-foot facility will employ up to 150 people and is expected to be operational in 2013.  Access to major airports and railways are some of the reasons as to why San Luis Potosi was selected as the place to build.

This is part of Cat's plan to modernize and expand its parts distribution network.  The San Luis Potosi facility is the sixth new facility to be announced and many of Cat's existing distribution centers are scheduled to be upgraded.

"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 the region now and in the future." vice president of Caterpillar, Inc. Steve Larson said.

In addition to the global upgrade to its parts network, Caterpillar has also announced a number of new and existing manufacturing facilities for upgrade.  Cat also plans to add research and development capacity globally.