Caterpillar To Open New Gen-Set Plant

Posted on October 10, 2005

Caterpillar announced it will open a new electric power manufacturing facility in Newberry, S.C., to assemble diesel and gas powered generator sets from 10 to 200 kW for sale in North America. Currently these products are produced at a manufacturing facility in Larne, Northern Ireland. The Larne facility will continue to produce generator sets as part of Caterpillar's wholly owned FG Wilson electric power business.

"By moving the production of these smaller gen-sets to North America, Caterpillar will be better positioned to quickly respond to customer demand for electric power in this important region," said Bill Rohner, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Electric Power Division. "The decision will also free up additional capacity in Larne so we can continue to support growing demand for electric power solutions to our customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia."

The production operation will be located in a Caterpillar-owned building in Newberry that was completed in 1998 but has remained largely vacant since that time. Caterpillar has maintained a presence in Newberry with a small number of Caterpillar employees providing customer support for North American dealers and Caterpillar's Electric Power Division. It is anticipated the larger Newberry facility will open in the first half of 2006, with first-year employment at the facility expected to be about 70 people.