Caterpillar Inc. is expanding its Brazilian-based operations by opening a new operation for packaging generator sets and diesel-electric propulsion systems in support of marine and petroleum customers in Brazil. Operations to package 3500C series engines are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2011 at Caterpillar’s existing facility in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo. The company says that the generator sets and diesel-electric propulsion systems to be packaged there will include significant local content. The 3500C series packages for diesel-electric propulsion and marine auxiliary power find application in tug and salvage, cargo, and offshore applications. “The strategic decision to expand product offerings packaged in Brazil is based on Caterpillar's global corporate strategy, which forecasts continued positive growth in Brazil,” said Caterpillar Vice President Richard Case.