Caterpillar will begin work immediately to expand its work tools business in Wamego, Kansas. The company will begin construction of a 40,000-square-foot-building at its work tools campus in Wamego. When the new facility is open, Caterpillar will have a total of nearly a quarter of a million square feet of manufacturing space under roof at its work tools campus in Wamego.
“Many of the products we make in Wamego end up being exported all over the world, and this expansion will position our operations in Wamego to grow and meet the expected increase in customer demand as we drive toward Caterpillar’s strategy and goals for 2015 and beyond,” said Bill Springer, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the work tools business.
Once fully operational, the new facility is expected to increase Caterpillar’s employment in Wamego by about 120 positions, bringing the total workforce in Wamego to more than 500 people. Caterpillar manufactures buckets, blades and other work tools in Wamego that are used on a wide range of Cat machinery.
“Caterpillar’s investment is great news for Wamego and Kansas. This effort is a true testament to the talented local workforce and the collaborative work done by state and local leaders,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “Today’s announcement shows that with the right business environment, Kansas can compete for good jobs and win.”