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Caterpillar’s Sanford facility celebrates 25th anniversary with expansion plans underway

By Stephen Elliott

November 12, 2023

Caterpillar’sCaterpillar Sanford facility anniversary and expansion Sandford, N.C., facility is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a multimillion-dollar expansion in progress to support the company’s next generation of products.

Started in 1996 with less than 100 workers, the facility now employs more than 2,000 people and produces compact track loaders (CTLs). Over the past 25 years, the facility has produced skid steer loaders, multi terrain loaders and compact track loaders. Currently, the CTLs are the only product built in Sanford. To date, the facility has produced more than 420,000 machines.

Caterpillar purchased the property in 1996 from a former furniture manufacturer and two years later built its first skid steer loader. The company recently purchased an additional building adjacent to the property to support its workforce by expanding capacity, upgrading technology, and supporting the next generation of products.

CTL models currently produced in Sanford include: 259D3, 279D3, 289D3, 299D3 and 299D3 XE. In the first quarter of 2024, the Sanford facility will begin producing the Next Generation Cat® compact track loader 255 and 265 models.