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Caterpillar Announces New Parts Distribution Center in Mexico

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Caterpillar Logistics Inc.
(Cat Logistics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has
announced further enhancements to its parts distribution network with
the addition of a new parts distribution center in San Luis Potosi,
Mexico.

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The 500,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 150 people
and is expected to be operational mid-2013. The capital city, San Luis
Potosi, serves as an ideal location for a strategic logistics operation.
Access to major airports and a rail hub is complemented by a major
highway crossroads providing easy access to transportation routes
between major cities in Mexico, according to Caterpillar.

 

This investment represents the first of many aimed at enhancing parts
distribution operations in Central and South America, the company said.
The facility in Mexico will be the sixth new parts distribution center
in the modernization plan and will join new facilities in Central
California; Clayton, Ohio; Spokane, Wash.; Waco, Texas; and Dubai, UAE.
The added facilities represent nearly 4 million square feet of increased
capacity to the overall distribution network.

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In addition to these new facilities, there are also capacity expansion
projects under way at existing Cat Logistics facilities in Atlanta, Ga.;
Grimbergen, Belgium; Melbourne, Australia; and Shanghai, China. These
projects are focused on delivering unmatched customer support by
increasing capacity and realizing network efficiencies, Caterpillar
says.

All of these facilities are leveraging common systems and
processes in addition to Service Parts Management (SPM), a global
solution that replaces multiple legacy software systems supporting the
Cat parts network.

 

"We are pleased to reach the next stage of our multi-year expansion, and
this facility will further enable us to meet the significant growth in
this region now and in the future," said Steve Larson, vice president of
Caterpillar Inc., and chairman and president of Cat Logistics.

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"Our
investments in state-of-the-art technology and processes have one
purpose — ensuring that Caterpillar and Cat dealers support our
customers’ success better than anyone else," Larson added.

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