Caterpillar to expand North Dakota reman facility

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Caterpillar Inc. announced plans to significantly expand its remanufacturing facility in West Fargo, N.D. The company says the increased capacity will help meet demand for remanufactured drivetrain components for large off-highway trucks and other mining equipment, including final drives, transmissions, torque convertors and steering clutches.

The $50 million investment will include a 225,000-square-foot addition that will house increased production capacity for high-tech machining and metal additive processes, as well as a metallurgical lab. The expansion also will increase the facility’s production of new and remanufactured piece parts and advanced wear coatings.

Construction is expected to begin this month, with operations commencing in June 2012. When the expansion is complete and fully operational, it is anticipated Caterpillar will add roughly 250 additional workers over a three-year period, bringing the total work force to about 550 in West Fargo.

“This expansion will increase our capability to provide unmatched customer support to the mining industry,” says Greg Folley, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Remanufacturing & Components Division. “Remanufacturing is an attractive, growing and sustainable industry. Together with our remanufacturing facilities in Singapore and Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, we can now provide our mining customers drivetrain products with an unprecedented combination of availability, cost savings and support.”