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Caterpillar breaks ground on Forsyth County plant

Crews broke ground in Forsyth County on a new Caterpillar Inc. plant on Friday.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Crews broke ground in Forsyth County on a new Caterpillar Inc. plant on Friday. 

The heavy equipment manufacturer is building a $426 million factory in Winston-Salem to produce axle units for large mining equipment. It could employ about 500 full-time and contract workers in five years.

The plant will produce axle assemblies for large mining machines, Caterpillar officials said, and it is part of the company's long-term strategy to increase mining truck capacity.

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