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Caterpillar expands in Sanford, hopes to add 325 workers

Posted October 7, 2011

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— Caterpillar Inc. employees, along with Gov. Bev Perdue and other local officials, on Friday celebrated the opening of the company's expanded operations in Sanford, which is expected to add about 325 workers over the next five years.

About 100 of those positions have already been filled, company officials said, but anyone interested in applying for the remainder of the jobs – including logistic professionals, design engineers and welding technicians – can visit the company's website.

About 900 employees currently work at the Sanford location, which has seen several rounds of layoffs since 2008. The company's Clayton location has also seen layoffs since 2008. Managers did not disclose the total number.

The addition of the 270,000-square-foot building at 5000 Womack Road in Sanford allows for increased logistics and fabrications capacity required to meet growing demand for the skid steer, compact track and multi-terrain loaders currently produced in Sanford.

The building is about three football fields long and one football field wide.

"A lot of people want our jobs. There are Chinese competitors now trying to make a machine like this. For us to be competitive, this investment behind us improves our competitiveness. It’s essential to grow the business," said Reed Waitt, general manager of Caterpillar.

The company announced in August 2010 its plans to expand the facility, which is part of Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division.

"This is a company that makes things, and that’s what we want to do in this state, in this country," Perdue said. "So, today’s a good day for us. We’re real proud that Caterpillar chose to expand in Sanford."

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Caterpillar spokeswoman Bridget Young said the company is not disclosing the financial amount of its investment in the expansion. She would only say this is "long-term investment" in the future.

In addition to the Sanford expansion, the company previously announced construction of a lower powertrain components facility in Winston-Salem that is expected to employ about 400 workers once fully operational and at full capacity.

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  • Bryan D Oct 7, 2011

    And, don't think for a minute that Caterpillar cares about it's employees either. Hey layoff just as much as they hire.

    you have got to be ignorant if you think that....in the 13 years its been opened, only 1 layoff- and that was at the same time everyone else was laying off.....if they would of not laid off, they would have closed the doors and NO ONE would of had a job. Maybe you should take an economics course. From your spelling you could prob also fair well in a spelling class as well.

  • RWS Oct 7, 2011

    And, don't think for a minute that Caterpillar cares about it's employees either. Hey layoff just as much as they hire.

  • RWS Oct 7, 2011

    I'm a Caterpillar supporter, but too many people from central IL came down to run the Clayton plant and I suspect that was the case for Sanford.

  • buffalobills-last-roundup Oct 7, 2011

    "Thanks CAT for expanding in Sanford and giving an opportunity to the Citizens of Lee County a chance to get back to work."

    i second that!

  • oldrebel Oct 7, 2011

    "$10 to $15 with no benefits" gives those who are lucky enough to get these jobs the satisfaction of earning their pay instead of being unemployed and dependent on govt. assistance.

    There is honor in work. As Studs Terkel wrote, work defines us.

  • meeper Oct 7, 2011

    Let me guess, the media will give Obama the credit.

  • Luv2Camp Oct 7, 2011

    USA USA USA Thanks Cat!!!!

  • Tarheel born Oct 7, 2011

    Thanks CAT for expanding in Sanford and giving an opportunity to the Citizens of Lee County a chance to get back to work.

  • fzero Oct 7, 2011

    "Strange how they don't mention the compensation. Probably contract @ $10-15 / hr with no benefits. Just my guess."

    I'm sorry, but would you rather they be on welfare?

  • Uhavenoclu Oct 7, 2011

    wHY IS IT ONE DAY OR ONE STORY YOU TALK ABOUT NOT ENOUGH JOBS OR UNEMPLOYMENT GETTING TOO HIGH AND SUCH BUT THE NEXT DAY OR STORY YOU TALK ABOUT JOBS LOTS OF JOBS COMING TO TOWN OR THE AREA?
    Never believe what someone suggests to you,for they are just autosuggestions.Go by what you believe and you will see the truth within and not without.

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