Governor Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Newberry County and the Central SC Alliance today announced Caterpillar plans to increase operations at its facility in Newberry County.
The state and Newberry County have worked to assist the company with its expansion plans for Newberry, which should be completed in the next several years. The company expects employment at the Newberry facility to increase by about 500 people as a result of the capacity expansion project.
Caterpillar is making a multi-year, significant capital investment in support of the Newberry expansion plan. The company opened the Newberry generator set facility in 2006 as part of Caterpillarâ€™s Electric Power Division.
â€śThe expansion of our Newberry operation is part of the Electric Power Divisionâ€™s strategic global manufacturing plan for better serving our customers,â€ť said Joseph Mulay, Newberry facility manager for Caterpillar. â€śSouth Carolina has been an excellent fit for our company, and we are pleased to be increasing operations at our Newberry facility. We appreciate the continued support we have received from the state Department of Commerce and local officials in Newberry County,â€ť Mulay added.
Caterpillarâ€™s Electric Power Division includes global design, packaging and marketing responsibilities for Caterpillar electric power generation products, including U.S. locations in South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana and Georgia and international locations in Northern Ireland, India, China and Brazil. The Electric Power Division includes products branded with the FG Wilson, Olympian and Caterpillar names. The Newberry facility currently produces a full range of diesel gensets under 200 kW for the North American market. It also produces a limited range of products in the 250 KW to 700KW range. The expansion plan would increase genset production in the 250-1250 kW range primarily for North American customers. These gensets are typically used as backup power for smaller retail operations, homes, farms and in municipal applications.
â€śAs we work to compete in todayâ€™s global economy, our stateâ€™s commitment to lowering taxes, reducing regulatory burdens and maintaining a pro-business environment is critical. Todayâ€™s announcement to create 500 new jobs is indeed a sign that we are moving in the right direction, and we remain committed to further enhancing the stateâ€™s business environment to allow our existing businesses, like Caterpillar, to be more competitive during these challenging economic times. Iâ€™d like to thank Caterpillar for choosing to grow in our state, and also applaud the hardworking team at Commerce as well as the local economic development community in Newberry County,â€ť said Gov. Mark Sanford.
â€śCaterpillar continues to enhance its four-county footprint in South Carolina, and this expansion is a positive indication that the efforts of dedicated economic development professionals at the state and local level are working to separate us from the competition for new jobs in this economy. The expansion of the Newberry facility will allow Caterpillar to reach its customers in the nationâ€™s fastest growing market efficiently and reaffirms South Carolinaâ€™s ability to provide a high-skilled workforce and unmatched market access. Caterpillar is truly a world-class operation and its growth in Newberry County is sure to positively impact the local community and strengthen the companyâ€™s commitment to our state over the long-term,â€ť said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.
â€śAround 10 years ago, Caterpillar made the decision to make a significant investment in Newberry County in the form of a very large diesel generator manufacturing plant. Several years later, the company occupied the building and began limited production. Now, the decision to hire up to 500 additional employees means the original decision to invest in Newberry has come full circle. We are ecstatic that Caterpillar has decided to increase its investment in Newberry and look forward to a long and close relationship with Caterpillar. This announcement means a much brighter future for many in and around Newberry County. Many thanks to the Newberry County Development Team and the County Council who have spent many hours in making this event possible. A special thanks to Secretary of Commerce, Joe Taylor, and his staff for their continued pursuit of jobs in the Midlands area and for making this historic announcement possible,â€ť said state Senator Ronnie Cromer.
â€śNewberry County could not be more pleased with todayâ€™s announcement,â€ť commented Newberry County Council Chairman Henry Livingston. â€śIt is always positive to see an existing industry grow and continue to invest in the community. Most importantly, it brings much needed quality job opportunities to the citizens of Newberry County. Caterpillar is reinforcing its commitment to Newberryâ€™s power generation facility reflecting continued confidence in the countyâ€™s business environment and workforce. We are happy to support Caterpillarâ€™s success with this venture.â€ť
Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, â€śTodayâ€™s expansion announcement by Caterpillar further demonstrates the strong work ethic that exists here in Central South Carolina. Caterpillar is the worldâ€™s largest manufacturer of high-speed diesel generator sets and engines and we could not be prouder to have them in Newberry County. We offer a lot of unique and distinct business advantages to companies that have a direct impact on the bottom line including a superior transportation network, a deep water seaport and employees that are highly productive with the skills to make best in class products.â€ť
The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in the coming months. Individuals interested in job opportunities are encouraged to visit www.jointeamcaterpillar.com.