Caterpillar expanding Clayton plant, adding nearly 200 jobs

CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Beverly Perdue says Caterpillar Inc.
will expand its manufacturing plant in Clayton, adding almost 200
jobs over five years and investing $33 million.

Perdue said today that two state grants are partially
responsible for Caterpillar's decision to expand in Johnston
County.

Upon completion, the Clayton facility will be the world source
for several models of small wheel loaders. In addition, engineering
and design work for building construction products will take place
at a new engineering and test facility near Caterpillar's Clayton
manufacturing plant.

The overall average wage for the new jobs will be more than
$41,000, plus benefits. The average annual wage in Johnston County
is more than $31,000.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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