An expansion of a North Carolina Caterpillar facility has formally opened for business.
Caterpillar employees, along with North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and other state and local officials, celebrated the opening of the upgraded, 270,000-square-foot building Friday morning.
The building, which will be used to meet growing global demand for skid steer, compact track, and multi-terrain loaders, is expected to not only allow for increased workspace but will add a workforce of approximately 325 new employees.
"This strategic investment is part of Caterpillar's long-term strategy to deliver the highest quality, best value building construction machines in the industry," said Mary Bell, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Building Construction Products Division.
"My top priority is growing jobs," said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. "I'm focused on both attracting new companies and helping existing businesses grow and thrive. North Carolina's valuable partnership with Caterpillar has meant jobs for our people and investment in our communities that need it."
In addition to the Sanford expansion, Caterpillar has announced that construction on a new facility in Winston-Salem will soon add approximately 400 workers once the facility is fully operational.