Family-Owned Cat Dealer Expands in Washington, Ind.

Wed November 14, 2012 - Midwest Edition
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MacAllister Machinery Company Inc., a distributor of new and used Caterpillar equipment, recently announced plans to expand its operations in Washington, Ind., creating up to 61 new jobs by 2016.

The home-grown Hoosier company will invest $8.9 million to equip and expand its existing 38,740 sq. ft. Washington facility by more than 50,000 additional sq. ft. The expansion, which is expected to be completed in fall of 2013, will house sales, parts and services for MacAllister’s inventory of Caterpillar heavy and compact equipment as well as MacAllister Power Systems including Caterpillar generators.

“It always gives me great pleasure to see a homegrown company like MacAllister succeed in Indiana,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels. “MacAllister’s continued investment in Indiana will lead to more jobs for hardworking Hoosiers and shows why our business climate is the best in the Midwest.”

Established 67 years ago and solely owned by the MacAllister family, the company employs more than 750 associates at its 20 locations throughout Indiana. MacAllister, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, is one of the few distributors of Caterpillar parts and machinery in Indiana and serves customers in the heavy construction, coal, commercial and residential, government, construction, agriculture and power systems industries.

“MacAllister was founded in 1945 in Indiana and has deep roots in the Hoosier state, with 20 locations,” said Chris MacAllister, president of MacAllister. “We continue to grow, and our presence in Washington for 28 years is based on the excellent local workforce that serves our mining customers twenty four-seven. Centralizing component rebuild work from around the state in Washington leverages that excellent workforce and creates economies of scale,” he said.

MacAllister, which currently employs nearly 100 associates in Daviess County, plans to begin hiring additional management, service and customer service personnel to coincide with the completion of the expansion.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered MacAllister Machinery Company Inc. up to $700,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Daviess County will consider additional property tax abatement at the request of the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. Radius I Indiana also is supporting the project.

“We are excited and grateful to MacAllister for this investment in our community. The city is happy to help this expansion become a reality,” said Washington Mayor Joe Wellman.

In 2010, MacAllister inked an agreement with Whayne Supply to serve as a Mirenco dealer in northern and central Indiana.

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