Caterpillar expands in Brazil

  • 10-Sep-2010 08:51 EDT
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CAT plans to expand capacity at a plant in Piracicaba, Brazil, where backhoe loaders and small wheel loaders are made.

Building on its 50-plus-year history in Brazil and capitalizing on the expected growth in Latin America, Caterpillar Inc. has announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations in Brazil. The company has acquired an existing industrial facility in Brazil, located in Campo Largo, state of Parana, that after upgrading will cover 50,000-m2 (540,000-ft2). Workers at the facility will manufacture backhoe loaders and small wheel loaders, which are currently produced at Piracicaba and are part of the machine lineup for Caterpillar's Building Construction Products (BCP) division. In addition to the new facility, Caterpillar has announced plans to increase capacity at the company's flagship facility in Piracicaba for the manufacture of core products. Total investment of about $180 million is expected in both facilities over the next two years. It is expected that the new facility will begin production in 2011 and will create up to 1000 new jobs in Brazil when at full capacity.

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