Caterpillar Inc. has announced a series of investments totaling nearly $700 million aimed at strengthening its position in the global mining industry over the next four years. The company will produce a full range of mining shovels, ranging from a 125-ton (113-t) model through an 800-ton (726-t) model, at its manufacturing facility in Aurora, IL, initially; it is conducting a study of additional production sources in other parts of the world. Cat expects to begin pilot production of the new 125-ton class shovel in early 2011, with the first commercial shovels expected to be available later that year. The larger shovels are planned for commercial availability beginning in 2013 and through 2014. The company is also accelerating previously announced capacity expansion plans for trucks in Decatur, IL, with additional capacity expected to come on line beginning in 2011. The expansion will increase truck capacity at the facility by nearly 30%. Decatur produces Cat’s largest mining trucks, including the flagship 797F series truck, which has a maximum capacity of 400 ton (363 t). The company also plans to more than double capacity for 60- and 100-ton (54- and 91-t) trucks at its existing manufacturing facility near Chennai, India. The capacity expansion should be completed by early 2012.