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Caterpillar Logistics Services Plans New Distribution Center in Spokane, Washington, 140 Potential New Jobs

06/24/2011
Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc.has 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.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2011. When operational in 2012 and dependent on market demand, the Spokane Distribution Center is expected to employ 100 to 150 people. The Spokane Regional Distribution Center currently employs about 11 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 effort is part of a North American multi-year expansion and enhancement of the global Cat Parts distribution network. The new expanded and enhanced regional facilities will replace smaller regional distribution centers, while increasing total warehouse capacity. The new facilities will will handle inbound processing of parts directly from suppliers whereas most parts were routed through a single global entry point in Morton, Illinois in the past. When complete, these process improvements will get parts on the shelf faster and improve Caterpillar's ability to fill dealer orders.

This facility builds on distribution network improvements achieved with the recent addition of a one million square foot parts distribution center in Clayton, Ohio (operational May 2011) and a 500,000 square foot distribution center in Waco, Texas (operational May 2009).

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