Caterpillar Expanding in Tucson

Caterpillar Inc. is coming to Downtown Tucson, bringing hundreds of six-figure jobs to the region. State and local officials made the announcement this morning. Caterpillar, which manufactures construction and mining equipment, says it will bring 600 jobs to Tucson over the next five years. Those positions include executives, engineers, and product development and support positions. State officials say the economic impact of the move is projected to be about $600 million.

Pending the necessary government approvals, the Surface Mining and Technology division will be housed in approximately 40,000 square feet of leased space at 97 E. Congress.

Caterpillar has a more than 70-year presence in the state, and its Tucson Proving Ground and Tinaja Hills Demonstration Center locations currently have a workforce of approximately 300 people. This move significantly expands the company’s presence in the state, bringing total Caterpillar employment in Southern Arizona to nearly 1,000.

Caterpillar will begin moving employees to Tucson in the summer.

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