Governor Doug Ducey announced an economic development project win for the state with the news that Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has selected Tucson as the new location for its surface mining and technology offices.
The 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.
“This is a huge win for Tucson and the entire region,” said Governor 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 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.”
“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.”
"I thank Caterpillar for their decision to relocate here, which is another sign of how much Southern Arizona has to offer,” said Congresswoman Martha McSally. “I also congratulate everyone who worked to bring these jobs to Tucson and look forward to continuing to work together to expand opportunity for our residents."
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.