Caterpillar to Consolidate Midwest Facilities, Effective Immediately

May 13, 2015



Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will consolidate its facilities in Aurora, Ill., and South Milwaukee, Wis. The consolidation at each location will begin immediately.

In Aurora, the company plans to consolidate its current operations by reducing more than one million square feet of manufacturing space and eliminating the use of one of the largest buildings on the Aurora campus. Aurora will continue to produce large and medium wheel loaders, compactors, and wheel dozers, as well as powertrain and tube components associated with those products.

In South Milwaukee, where the company makes electric rope shovels, hydraulic mining shovels and draglines, the company plans to redesign and retool the facility, removing the need for more than 260,000 square feet of production space in its manufacturing footprint.

“The significant reduction of floor space will enable us to increase efficiencies by updating our tooling and reducing material flow through the installation of single stream manufacturing concepts. In turn, we will be able to better optimize both of these locations,” said Ed Rapp, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Resource Industries.