Caterpillar announces new distribution center in Australia

By WEEK Reporter

Caterpillar announces new distribution center in Australia

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Caterpillar Logistics Inc. (Cat Logistics), a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., Friday announced plans for a new parts distribution center in Yatala, Australia.

When at full capacity, the 500,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 150 people and is expected to be operational mid-2013. The new facility will be an important link in the Cat parts distribution network and will support the Cat dealers in Australia.

"This investment in a key market for Cat products is the next step in the multiyear expansion of our global parts distribution network. We are focused on ensuring our customers' success through a global, high velocity network that delivers the industry's best parts availability," said Steve Larson, vice president of Caterpillar Inc. and president of Cat Logistics.

Caterpillar says that access to major air and seaports complemented by a major highway network make this an ideal location for a strategic logistics operation. The facility will be the seventh new parts distribution center in the modernization plan and will join previously announced facilities in Waco, Texas; Clayton, Ohio; Spokane, Washington; Central California; Dubai, UAE and recently announced San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Expansion of existing Cat parts distribution facilities is also taking place in Grimbergen, Belgium; Melbourne, Australia; and Shanghai, China.