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📅 Fri November 11, 2016 - West Edition
Gov. Doug Ducey traveled to Southern Arizona to officially welcome Caterpillar's Surface Mining & Technology Division to the region during an event at the company's Tinaja Hills Demonstration and Learning Center. It was announced in May that Caterpillar had selected Tucson as the new location for its centralized hub for this division.
Prior to the event, Ducey took a walking tour of the facility, met with employees and company leadership, and toured the test field in a Cat 797F mining truck.
Following remarks from Ducey and Caterpillar executives, the governor kicked off a demonstration of some of the company's innovative technology and equipment by pushing the first load of dirt with a remote-controlled D11 bulldozer. The Tinaja Hills team also showcased mining trucks, hydraulic shovels, wheel loaders, motorgraders, wheel tractor scrapers, remote-controlled bulldozers and autonomously controlled haul trucks.
“After much hard work, I am thrilled to officially welcome Caterpillar's Surface Mining & Technology division to Tucson,” said Ducey. “Caterpillar has a 70-plus year presence in Arizona, and I'd like to thank the entire Caterpillar team for their ongoing commitment to and confidence in our state. I can't think of a better place for Caterpillar to continue to thrive than right here in Southern Arizona.”
Ducey also recognized the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, Sun Corridor Inc., the city of Tucson and Pima County for their instrumental roles in bringing this division headquarters to Arizona.
The Surface Mining and Technology Division will create more than 600 jobs in the region over the next five years — bringing total Caterpillar employment to about 1,000 — and have an estimated economic impact of $600 million.