Caterpillar Employees Report to Work at Oconee-Athens Facility
Monday marked a milestone as the company moved into the office space of the new production plant.
Caterpillar employees on Monday reported to work for the first time at the Oconee-Athens plant that is to become the company's global source for small track-type tractors.
The office area is complete, and construction of the manufacturing space isn't far behind. Gray Construction is expected to finish it by the end of the month, according to a news release.
"We are right on schedule with this project, and although the building is still a work in progress, it's great to be in our new home," plant manager Todd Henry said in a released statement.
The 850,000 square-foot facility will produce mini hydraulic excavators later this year and small track-type tractors by 2014.
"The 'now hiring' sign is definitely hanging in our window," Henry stated in the release. "We want to remind applicants to apply for as many open positions as they have interest in, and to continue re-applying if they're not immediately contacted."
Currently there are 55 employees, 32 from Georgia. Once fully operational, it is estimated that the plant will employ 1,400.
"We want to pull from the local talent that we know exists; it was one reason we chose to building in the Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties area," Henry said.
Assemblers, machinists, fabricators and welders are among workers needed. To apply for jobs, visit www.caterpillar.com/careers. To find available positions, search "Athens" in the location field.
Starting wages for the production positions range from $11.25 - $18.33 per hour and some of the positions include a probationary period, where hourly wages are raised upon successful completion, according to a fact sheet provided by the company. Health care and 401K retirement plans are also offered to employees.
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