PEORIA, Ill., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Logistics Inc. (Cat Logistics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), today announced further enhancements to its parts distribution network with the addition of a new parts distribution center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The 500,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 150 people and is expected to be operational mid-2013. The capital city, San Luis Potosi, serves as an ideal location for a strategic logistics operation. Access to major airports and a rail hub is complemented by a major highway crossroads providing easy access to transportation routes between major cities in Mexico.
This investment represents the first of many aimed at enhancing parts distribution operations in Central and South America. The facility in Mexico will be the sixth new parts distribution center in the modernization plan and will join new facilities in Central California; Clayton, Ohio; Spokane, Wash.; Waco, Texas; and Dubai, UAE. The added facilities represent nearly four million square feet of increased capacity to the overall distribution network and clearly demonstrate our commitment to providing unmatched parts availability to customers and dealers around the world.
In addition to these new facilities, there are also capacity expansion projects underway at existing Cat Logistics facilities in Atlanta, Georgia; Grimbergen, Belgium; Melbourne, Australia; and Shanghai, China. These projects are focused on delivering unmatched customer support by increasing capacity and realizing network efficiencies. All of these facilities are leveraging common systems and processes in addition to Service Parts Management (SPM), a global solution that replaces multiple legacy software systems supporting the Cat parts network.
"We are pleased to reach the next stage of our multiyear expansion, and this facility will further enable us to meet the significant growth in this region now and in the future," said Steve Larson, vice president of Caterpillar Inc., and chairman and president of Cat Logistics. "Our investments in state-of-the-art technology and processes have one purpose—ensuring that Caterpillar and Cat dealers support our customers' success better than anyone else," Larson added.
In addition to the global expansion and enhancement of the Cat parts distribution network, Caterpillar has announced a number of strategic capacity expansions globally including new and existing manufacturing facilities and additional research and development capacity. These actions have occurred in the United States, South America, Europe and across Asia, positioning the company to meet growing demand for its products in the coming years.
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2011 sales and revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.
About Cat Logistics:
Caterpillar Logistics Inc. provides world-class supply chain solutions and services to its parent company, Caterpillar Inc., and more than 50 other leading corporations throughout the world. Headquartered in Morton, Illinois, Cat Logistics operates more than 108 offices and facilities in 23 countries on six continents. Cat Logistics, through its subsidiary Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC, provides its full service capabilities to companies in market sectors, which include automotive, industrial and aerospace service parts, consumer durables, technology, electronics and manufacturing logistics. More information is available at www.CatLogistics.com.
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