Caterpillar announces location of new facility

By WEEK Producer

February 17, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Caterpillar has announced the long-awaited location of its new North American facility: Athens, Georgia.

The 1 million-square-foot facility is expected to employ 1,400 people. Cat estimates an additional 2,800 jobs will be created through non-Caterpillar companies and suppliers.

"We are making a series of significant investments around the world to position Caterpillar to maintain its leadership position," said Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman.

Oberhelman, along with other company leaders and state officials, was in Athens Friday for the announcement. 

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he is thrilled that Caterpillar chose the state as home for the new facility that will specialize in small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators.

"Georgia is proud to have built a business climate that provides the logistics, workforce, speed and efficiency that global industry leaders like Caterpillar are looking for," said Deal. "We appreciate Caterpillar's continued investment in our state, and this new operation will resonate in our workforce and our economy for generations to come."

Cat will break ground on the facility during the first quarter of 2012. Production at the facility is expected to begin in late 2013.

Those interested in applying for jobs at the facility may do so at www.jointeamcaterpillar.com.