Caterpillar announces expansion of South Carolina plant

By WEEK Reporter

Caterpillar announces expansion of South Carolina plant

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 3:19 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Caterpillar Inc. announced plans to expand its facility in Sumter, South Carolina, which will nearly triple the facility's square footage.

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 Joliet, Illinois facility to Sumter.  This will allow the Joliet facility to focus on increasing production for other components produced there. 

The $20 million dollar expansion includes an additional 170,000 square feet.  This will bring the facility's size to over 275,000 square feet once complete.  It is anticipated that Caterpillar will add an additional 80 jobs to the Sumter plant over the next two years.

"It's always great to see one of our existing businesses decide to grow its presence in South Carolina," South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said.  "Caterpillar is a world class company, and we celebrate their decision to further invest in our state and create more than 80 new jobs in Sumter County."

Work on the expansion will begin immediately and is scheduled to be done by the fourth quarter of 2012.  Hiring is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2012.