MacAllister growing in Indiana

CATERPILLAR dealer MacAllister Machinery is days from breaking ground on a $US10 million expansion that would more than double its size and add 61 jobs by 2016.
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Courtesy MacAllister Cat.

Donna Schmidt

Officials said this week that the major expansion project at its Washington facility in Davies County, Indiana, which would bring it to almost 90,000 square feet, would be complete next year.

The location will house MacAllister’s inventory of Cat heavy and compact equipment and MacAllister Power Systems, including Cat generators. It will also contain the company’s sales, parts and services departments.

There is the addition of a separate building dedicated solely to sandblasting and painting.

The company will also have a new $300,000 state-of-the-art dynamometer (engine test cell) capable of testing engines as large as the Cat C175.

It is planning a 400-horsepower transmission test bench large enough to rebuild Cat 3600 engines, and a new and larger track repair shop.

A key aspect of the expansion is its ability to centralize the component rebuild service arm into one location.

“We continue to grow, and our presence in Washington for 28 years is based on the excellent local workforce that serves our mining customers 24/7,” president Chris MacAllister said.

“Centralizing component rebuild work from around the state in Washington leverages that excellent workforce and creates economies of scale.”

The larger facility, which will include 26,000sq.ft of space solely for rebuilding engines, transmissions, torque converters and final drives, will operate 24 hours a day, six days a week.

The project is designed and being built by Force Construction from Columbus, Indiana.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered MacAllister Machinery Company up to $700,000 in conditional tax credits for the project, as well as up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans that include hiring Indiana locals.

MacAllister employs nearly 100 workers in Davies County, and 750 across the state of Indiana.

It has six full-service locations in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Terre Haute, South Bend, and Washington and 11 accompanying MacAllister Rentals locations in Indianapolis, Bicknell, Bloomington, Columbus, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Greensburg, Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond and Terre Haute.

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