Caterpillar breaks ground on major West Fargo expansion


Governor Jack Dalrymple today congratulated Caterpillar employees for a major expansion at the heavy equipment manufacturing company’s West Fargo plant.

Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, Kevin McKinnon, president of the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, and Caterpillar officials kicked off the $50 million expansion project today during a groundbreaking ceremony.  The business expansion will create about 250 new jobs during the next three years, nearly doubling the West Fargo plant’s current workforce of 300 employees. The project includes building a 225,000-square-foot addition to the West Fargo plant where Caterpillar employees remanufacture parts for Caterpillar mining equipment. The expansion project is slated to be completed in June 2012.

“This expansion goes to the heart of our over-arching strategy for continued economic growth,” Dalrymple said. “That strategy since 2001 has been and continues to be job creation. A strong business climate stimulates job creation, which in turn leads to a stronger, more diversified economy.”

Caterpillar officials said North Dakota’s pro-business climate was a major factor in their decision to expand in West Fargo. In April, Dalrymple, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the city of West Fargo Economic Development and the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation began contacting officials at Illinois-based Caterpillar, encouraging them to consider West Fargo for their expansion plans.

Caterpillar’s remanufacturing operations return end-of-life components to their original condition in terms of reliability, durability and performance. The West Fargo expansion will help Caterpillar meet the strong demand for remanufactured drive train components for large, off-highway trucks and other mining equipment, including final drives, transmissions, torque convertors and steering clutches.

The plant’s expanded footprint will house high-tech machining, metal additive processes and a state-of-the-art metal sciences lab which will support the company’s increased production of remanufactured parts and advanced wear coatings.

In 2008, Caterpillar purchased the West Fargo remanufacturing plant from Gremada Industries which was established by Greg, Matthew and David Butler in 1962. With the assistance of business loans provided by the Bank of North Dakota and with workforce training assistance provided by North Dakota Job Service, Gremada’s business expanded to include more than 200 employees.

Source: office of Governor Dalyrmple