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Thursday was a grand opening for the new Caterpillar Inc. west Spokane distribution center, not far from the Medical Lake exit.
The place is huge. The stat of the day was 15. The building (565,000 square feet) can house 15 football fields.
Oddly, the interior has contrasting color patterns. Black and yellow are the official Cat company colors. But the interior floor plans are festooned with green and yellow walkways.
Which are the colors of another heavy equipment manufacturer: John Deere.
More photos from Thursday's opening can be found online in this gallery from Spokesman Review photographer Jesse Tinsley: http://www.spokesman.com/picture-stories/caterpillar-distribution-center-opens/
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."