Caterpillar Inc. has selected the city of Victoria, TX, as the location for the company's new state-of-the-art hydraulic excavator manufacturing facility. Ground breaking for the 600,000-ft2 (55,741-m2) manufacturing operation is scheduled to take place in September. The facility is expected to begin production in mid-2012. Once fully operational, it will triple the current capacity of hydraulic excavators produced by the company in the U.S. and double the number of Caterpillar employees in the U.S. making excavators. The decision to increase capacity and employment in the U.S. is part of the company's long-term strategy to develop the appropriate global footprint to competitively produce hydraulic excavators. The expansion of excavator production in the U.S. will allow the Caterpillar facility in Japan to better serve the growing demand for excavators in Asia. The company also recently announced plans to quadruple excavator capacity at its manufacturing facility in Xuzhou, China, primarily in support of growing demand in the Chinese market.