Progress Rail Announces Grand Opening of Muncie, Indiana Locomotive Assembly Operation

Oct 28, 2011, 08:00 ET from Progress Rail Services

ALBERTVILLE, Ala., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost one year to the date of announcing its decision to locate a locomotive manufacturing facility in Muncie, Indiana, Progress Rail Services Corporation (PRSC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), officially opened its Muncie operation.  

Progress Rail announced the site selection in October of 2010 and began work in earnest in January of this year. In less than 10 months, the facility has produced completed diesel-electric locomotives for our customers. The Muncie facility is the first locomotive assembly plant to open in the United States in many years, and is the latest milestone to mark Progress Rail's strategic approach to compete and win in the global railway industry.

"This is the type of responsiveness our customers have come to expect from Progress Rail ," said Billy Ainsworth, president and CEO of Progress Rail.  "Through its Progress Rail subsidiary, Caterpillar has proven its commitment to the rail and transit industries and since 2006 has invested more than $2 billion to meet our customers' growing needs."

Caterpillar and its subsidiaries are recognized as the global leaders in diesel engine technology, which allows Progress Rail and EMD to offer the broadest range of locomotive engine solutions and remain the only manufacturer of 2- and 4-cycle locomotive engines. The companies are also working on numerous alternative fuel projects for customers. In December of 2008, Progress Rail utilized the first common rail fuel system for mainline locomotives, with its 4,300-horsepower PR43C locomotive, powered by two rugged Cat® engines – the C-175 and C-18.

In 2010 alone, Caterpillar and its subsidiaries invested a record $1.9 billion in product research and development. Through these collective research and development efforts, Progress Rail and EMD are able to produce the most durable, reliable and sustainable locomotives in the world.

Within the past year, Progress Rail also announced two additional locomotive assembly plants, as a further commitment to increasing capacity to produce locomotives globally, with one in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and another in Sahagun, Mexico.

"We are proud to be in Muncie, Indiana, today celebrating the official opening of our locomotive assembly plant.  We look forward to being a part of this community's economic future for many years to come," Ainsworth said. "We have assembled a talented and dedicated group of local employees eager to meet our customers' needs. As we continue to grow our business and build additional manufacturing capacity, Progress Rail will be well-equipped to produce and support the largest global population of locomotives."

Since acquiring EMD last year, Caterpillar and Progress Rail have made significant investments in new equipment and plant improvements, to enable EMD to create new products and services for the international railway industry.

"We want to thank our employees, our customers, the Muncie community and the State of Indiana for their support," said Dan Hanback, senior vice president of operations. "This is about meeting the challenging competitive realities in the global rail industry, but one that carries great potential. We're proud to say that Muncie is going to help us do that."

About Progress Rail:

Progress Rail Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a leading supplier of remanufactured locomotive and railcar products and services to the railroad industry, operating one of the most extensive rail service and supply networks in North America. We serve our customers through a network of more than 140 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom, with more than 4,700 employees. Progress Rail Services is headquartered in Albertville, Alabama.

Through its acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel, Progress Rail has expanded its network of global locations, furthering its commitment to providing industry-leading products and services. Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel is an original equipment manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and is a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation. The company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base in both North America and worldwide. EMD also has an extensive aftermarket business offering replacement parts, maintenance solutions and a range of value-added services.  

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About Caterpillar:

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 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:

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