Governor Lauds Western States for Investment in Idaho

Wed July 29, 2009 - West Edition
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Western States President Tom Harris (L) cuts ribbon.
Western States President Tom Harris (L) cuts ribbon.



Western States celebrated a Community Appreciation Day July 17. The event featured a show car appearance of the No. 31 CAT Racing Chevy Impala SS NASCAR driven by Jeff Burton.

Ten million dollars and some 55,000 sq. ft. of innovations make the new Western States CAT facility in Hayden one of the largest and most energy efficient projects built in Idaho this year, according to President Tom Harris.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter praised Western States for its vision and investment in Idaho.

“As I’ve been pointing out everywhere I go, there are a number of signs of economic progress throughout Idaho. Western States’ newest complex in Hayden is a leading example of this commitment by the Idaho business community,” Otter said. “Western States’ investment in this project is helping to put our economy back on track with one of the largest construction projects completed this year, and at the same time, create new jobs for the Coeur d’Alene region.”

The grand opening began a series of events to show support for the community and customers of Western States CAT, according to Harris. Speaking at the grand opening was Nancy Lowery, president of the Hayden City Council and Chamber of Commerce, as well as Stefan Chatwin, City of Hayden administrator. Both welcomed Western States to the local community and assisted Harris in cutting the ceremonial ribbon and officially opening the store.

“Our goal with this project was to build something good for the community that supports the service, sales, parts, and rental needs of our customers in one of the most vibrant regions of the state,” Harris said.

The total facility size of 55,765 sq. ft. includes room for future expansion with a $10 million investment in the local economy. Energy efficient design elements include such innovations as overhead doors constructed of cellular Lexan, a plastic developed for use in space that defuses light and reduces electrical usage; 14-in. walls constructed of concrete with a polystyrene core for energy efficient heating and cooling; and wash bays that even run water through multi-stage filters for reusability.

The new facility provides complete sales and service support for the Highway 95 corridor, a 30,000 sq.-ft. service area with 10 full service bays, built-in compressed air and oil delivery systems computerized with wireless transmitters that regulate and record types and amounts of oil products dispensed, diesel truck and heavy construction equipment technicians on-call 24/7, an express hydraulic hose repair and welding shop on site, along with wash and fuel bays, and six cranes integrated into the building, including a 10-ton (9 t) overhead crane.

A new Western States parts warehouse spans 10,000 sq. ft. with more than 10,000 parts in inventory and boasts a 97 percent parts fill-rate within 24 hours. The complex includes the CAT Rental Store that originally opened in Hayden in 2006 with Caterpillar’s full line of equipment, as well as others such as Multiquip generators, Genie booms and scissor lifts, Allmand light towers and Sullair air compressors.

For more information, call 208/884-2249 or www.westernstatescat.com.