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Caterpillar Invests $25 Million To Expand Its LaGrange, Georgia, Forest Products Facility

02/12/2015
A worldwide machinery and engine manufacturer, Caterpillar will expand its Caterpillar Forest Products facility, creating 50 jobs and investing $25 million into the project in LaGrange, Georgia.

Caterpillar’s Forest Products business unit has been operating in LaGrange, Georgia, for nearly 20 years, offering a complete manufactured line of forestry equipment?from Cat machines that help with road building, millyard and reforestation, to purpose-built machines that harvest, extract and load lumber.

“We are excited about our growth opportunities in LaGrange, and a large part of that is due to our world-class forestry team, who design and build forestry products that are shipped globally,” said Kevin Thieneman, General Manager for Forest Products. “Our LaGrange employees have demonstrated a true focus on quality and dedication to our values. We look forward to building an even stronger base in LaGrange and appreciate the support the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the city of LaGrange have provided in helping us achieve our goal.”

“Global leaders such as Caterpillar are finding success in Georgia and today’s expansion speaks to the vitality of advanced manufacturing in our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Caterpillar has been a longstanding corporate partner and has invested heavily not just in growing its business here, but also in growing Georgia’s future workforce.”

Ejane Caraway, Senior Project Manager on the Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment Team at GDEcD, assisted the company on behalf of the state of Georgia, along with the Development Authority of LaGrange.

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