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Another Mining Plant Closure By Caterpillar

Posted on November 15, 2013

In the third mining-related plant closure in the last  three weeks, Caterpillar said it will close the Pulaski, Va., facility that manufactures scoops, haulers and other underground mining equipment, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The plant’s production will be moved to the company’s Houston, Pa., facility by the middle of next year, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Pulaski employs approximately 240 people.

Earlier this month, Cat announced the closure of its underground mining equipment plant in Beckley, W.Va. Production of Beckley's highwall mining machinery is being moved to Houston, Pa., where the company manufactures continuous mining machinery and longwall mining systems.

That move came on the heels of the announcement Oct. 29 that Cat is closing its Kilgore, Tex., manufacturing operations by the end of the year. The Kilgore facility makes dippers and ballast boxes used in mining shovels. The production of ballast-boxes will shift to Caterpillar's plant in South Milwaukee, Wis., while dippers will be moved to a plant in Wamego, Kan.