Caterpillar Inc. plans to significantly increase its manufacturing capabilities and capacity for hydraulic excavators that will be produced at a facility under construction in Victoria, TX.
In August 2010, Caterpillar announced that it would build the excavator plant, investing about $130 million to open the state-of-the-art, 850,000-square-foot operation. Work is under way and plans now include an additional $70 million investment in the Victoria area that will include another 200,000 square feet.
The new investment will increase excavator capacity beyond the original plans and will include the addition of selected fabrication manufacturing for excavator production. The expansion of investment in Victoria also helps set the stage for potential future phases of growth.
“Based on our analysis of where customer demand is moving for excavators in the years ahead, it makes sense to increase capacity in Victoria now so that we can better serve our customers,” said Gary Stampanato, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for hydraulic excavators. “In addition, we have determined Victoria is the right location to produce selected fabrications for the excavators that will be assembled in this new facility.”
Excavator production in Victoria is expected to begin in mid-2012.