January 17, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 39

Caterpillar officially opens

Strong kickoff for new West Plains distribution plant

The new Spokane Caterpillar Distribution Center opened last Thursday, Jan. 10, to a well-attended group of local business leaders and elected officials.

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James Eik
Caterpiller, Inc. president Stu Levenick, and facility manager Brad Gile cut the grand opening ribbon at a ceremony Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Caterpillar Distribution Plant.

Inside, the facility has 562,000 square feet on which to operate; enough to fit at least five football fields. On the outside, an additional 250,000 square feet provide some extra storage and bays for trucks to load or unload items.

The facility contains around 130,000 parts from over 2,600 different worldwide suppliers and ships as far west as Russia and across the United States. It also runs on a continuous emergency response plan. Shou...

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