Caterpillar to open new parts distribution center

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Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc. has announced plans to open a new parts distribution center in Spokane, Wash. The new facility, which will replace the existing 125,000-square-foot facility, will span more than a half million square feet and is part of the North American multiyear expansion and enhancement of the global Cat Parts distribution network.

“Cat dealers provide industry-leading product support services,” says Steve Larson, vice president of Caterpillar Inc. and chairman and president of Cat Logistics. “We enable that capability with the industry’s best parts distribution network. The Spokane Parts Distribution Center makes us even stronger in North America by providing capacity for growth in parts demand while further optimizing the service parts supply chain.”

When operational in 2012 and dependent on market demand, the Spokane distribution center is expected to employ 100 to 150 people. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2011.