Caterpillar Inc.'s new parts distribution plant in Clayton, Ohio, will result in some jobs moving from its logistics center in Morton. It will replace the company's regional distribution center in Indianapolis, the company said Monday.About 170 material specialist positions will move from Morton to Clayton when the new $65 million, 1 million-square-foot plant opens in 2011.
However, the Morton facility will remain the headquarters plant for Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc., the wholly owned Caterpillar subsidiary, company spokeswoman Bridget Young said."The Morton plant will continue to be a key part, the hub, of our parts distribution business. That isn't changing," Young said of the Morton facility that employs 1,900. Affected workers will be able to apply for other jobs within Caterpillar, Young said.It will be the second new distribution plant to be built as part of that strategy. Earlier this year Caterpillar opened a 750,000-square-foot parts distribution center in Waco, Texas. "We are committed to customer success and to maintaining our leadership in parts distribution," said Steve Larson, vice president of Caterpillar and chairman and president of Cat Logistics. "One of the key reasons customers buy Caterpillar products is the superior product support capability our dealers provide. We support that capability through the industry's best parts distribution.
Once open and fully staffed, and dependent on market demand, the Clayton Distribution Center will employ 500 to 600 people, the company said.
The Clayton plant will be the third, behind Morton and Waco, to use the SAP solution for Service Parts Management. SPM is a global solution that replaces multiple legacy software systems supporting the Cat Parts network.
Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010, dependent on approval of incentives from the state of Ohio, Montgomery County and the Dayton Development Coalition.