Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. has selected Tucson, AZ as the new location for its surface mining and technology offices. The company’s Tucson facility will create more than 600 projected new Arizona jobs over five years, with employees in executive management, engineering, product development and support positions. The state has estimated the economic impact of Caterpillar’s consolidation in Southern Arizona at $600 million.
Caterpillar has had a more than 70-year presence in the state, and its Tucson Proving Ground and Tinaja Hills Demonstration Center locations currently have a workforce of approximately 300 people. This move significantly expands the company’s presence in the state, bringing total Caterpillar employment in Southern Arizona to nearly 1,000. Caterpillar will begin moving employees to Tucson in the summer.
“The ability to get closer to our customers and tightly collaborate across all aspects of the business is at the center of our strategy. This decision positions us to build on the tremendous capabilities present at our Tucson Proving Grounds and Tinaja Demonstration Center and deliver the next generation of mining technology and leadership,” said Tom Bluth, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for Surface Mining and Technology. “Southern Arizona is a growing region known for a workforce rich in mining, technology, and engineering expertise as well as an attractive quality of life for both families and young graduates.”
“This is a huge win for Tucson and the entire region,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “In addition to bringing jobs and capital investment to Southern Arizona, a project of this level will have a ripple effect throughout the community and state. I’d like to thank the Caterpillar team for their commitment to and confidence in Arizona. I’d also like to thank our partners, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Sun Corridor Inc., Pima County, Rio Nuevo District and the City of Tucson, for their hard work in bringing this project to our state. This is an excellent example of Arizona’s attractiveness to businesses as well as our strength in collaborative economic development.”
“Caterpillar’s vision is to create a global mining and technology center, and we are thrilled they have selected Arizona as the ideal location to support that vision” said Sandra Watson, president & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Thanks to Governor Ducey’s leadership and the collaborative efforts with our partners in southern Arizona, we were able to bring this project to Tucson. I am confident that Arizona’s strengths in technology and workforce, combined with our pro-business environment and history of success in the mining industry will provide the perfect platform for Caterpillar’s success.”
Pending formal approval by state, county and local governing boards, the Surface Mining and Technology division will be located in downtown Tucson, which is experiencing a major resurgence. In the short term, Caterpillar will lease approximately 40,000 square feet at 97 East Congress, with renovation planned to meet the unique needs of the Caterpillar business.
“The building at 97 East Congress will transition into a new cutting-edge collaborative workspace to allow the Cat engineering and product development and support teams to work closely together, along with customers,” said Sharon Bronson, Chair, Pima County Board of Supervisors. “Growing and diversifying our local economy requires regional and state cooperation and attracting Caterpillar demonstrates the success we can have when we’re all working together to bring high-wage employers to Pima County. I welcome Caterpillar and I’m extremely proud of the role Pima County played in these negotiations.”
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