A long-rumored plan that a major company would build a large distribution center on the West Plains came to fruition Thursday.
Caterpillar Inc., a major provider of construction equipment, announced it's building a 500,000 square foot center on the West Plains, not far from the Spokane Airport.
The location will be used by Caterpillar's Logistics Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. The logistics group provides a wide range of parts and support for service companies in construction, automotive and other industries.
Construction is due to start this summer, according to a press release by the company.
Rich Hadley, president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, said, in a press release: "Caterpillar's announcement is significant news for the entire region. The company came to our Economic Development team earlier this year for assistance with site section and an incentive portfolio.
"Having competed with several other communities for the distribution center, Greater Spokane Incorporated is proud of the intensive, collaborative efforts of the Governor and Washington State Department of Commerce, Spokane County, the City of Spokane, the various utilities, the private property owners, and the Spokane International Airport to convey the advantages Spokane offers. The region's great transportation infrastructure, competitively priced available sites, along with incentives from the state and county, were factors in Caterpillar's decision."