The ceremonial groundbreaking kicked off construction of the Phase 1 building project on Oct. 17 at the company’s Broadview Heights facility.
With a symbolic first cut of the spade, Ohio CAT President, Ken Taylor, outlined a multi-year plan to renew, improve and expand Ohio CAT’s facilities in Broadview Heights and across the state. The ceremonial groundbreaking kicked off construction of the Phase 1 building project on Oct. 17, 2012 at the company’s Broadview Heights facility.
Headquartered in Broadview Heights, Ohio CAT has approximately 950 employees throughout Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana, with more than 230 employees working in Broadview Heights. Industry growth in Ohio has led to increased employment within the company, leading to the need for facility investments company-wide.
Phase 1 at the Broadview Heights facility will provide an additional 6,500 sq. ft. (1981.2 m) expansion for the corporate Technical Training Department. Phase 2 will include additional conference facilities, office space and new, customer-friendly space for the Machine Sales Department. Finally, Phase 3 will serve to renew and update the existing office building, which was opened in 1971. The plans are part of a $50 million facilities-related improvement and expansion project.
Other projects across the state are planned for 2013 at the company’s North Canton, Cadiz, and Cincinnati locations. Then the focus will turn to major building projects in Toledo and Washington Court House.
“I am hopeful that there will be market demand from the energy sector, including oil and gas as well as coal, from infrastructure spending, from the now barely recovering housing markets, and from agriculture. Moreover, I am determined to make things better for our customers and my employees,” said Taylor during the groundbreaking ceremony.
Looking ahead, by the end of 2015, Ohio CAT plans to hire an additional 300 employees, bringing the company’s total employment to 1,200. Capital expenditures for facilities-related expansion will allow Ohio CAT to serve its customers through 25 full service locations, compared to 20 locations today.
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