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July 8, 2011 3:40 PM CDT

Caterpillar Announces New Parts Distribution Center in Spokane

New facility is part of multiyear expansion

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Cat Logistics plans to open a new parts distribution center in Spokane, Wash.

Cat Logistics plans to open a new parts distribution center in Spokane, Wash.
Building on the strength of the industry’s premier global service parts distribution network, Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. (Cat Logistics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), announced plans to open a new parts distribution center in Spokane, Washington. The new facility, which will replace the existing 125,000 square foot facility, will span more than a half million square feet and is part of the North American multiyear expansion and enhancement of the global Cat Parts distribution network.

“Cat dealers provide industry leading product support services," said Steve Larson, Vice President of Caterpillar Inc. and Chairman and President of Cat Logistics. “We enable that capability with the industry's best parts distribution network. The Spokane Parts Distribution Center makes us even stronger in North America by providing capacity for growth in parts demand while further optimizing the service parts supply chain."

When operational in 2012 and dependent on market demand, the Spokane Distribution Center is expected to employ 100 to 150 people.

“The announcement today by Caterpillar is great news for our community,” said Al French, Chair, Spokane County Board of Commissioners. “Bringing more jobs to this community is one of the County’s highest priorities. This economic development win was the result of the Spokane County team working with the Washington State Department of Commerce, multiple utility providers and the business community to provide the highest level of responsiveness and support to ensure that Caterpillar selected Spokane County for their Distribution Center.”

This facility builds on network improvements achieved with the recent addition of a one million square foot parts distribution center in Clayton, Ohio, in 2011, continuing execution of our global supply chain enhancement. It will be the fourth parts facility to utilize Service Parts Management (SPM), a global solution that replaces multiple legacy software systems supporting the Cat Parts network.

“I offer my congratulations to Spokane area leadership, who worked tirelessly to ensure the Caterpillar expansion happened in the Inland Northwest,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said. “And I’m pleased to be a partner in this effort, which is good for Spokane and the entire state of Washington as we move toward a full economic recovery.”

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2011.


About the Author

Bridget M. Young works in Corporate Public Affairs for Caterpillar, Inc.

 

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