Five years after acquiring the remanufacturing business in West Fargo, North Dakota, Caterpillar marked the milestone by celebrating another one on July 1 - the grand opening of a $50 million expansion in West Fargo. Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain LLC produces remanufactured drive train components for large off-highway trucks and other mining equipment, including final drives, transmissions, torque convertors and steering clutches.
The 225,000-square-foot addition, which was announced in 2011, houses increased production capacity for high-tech machining and metal additive processes, as well as a state-of-the-art metallurgical lab. The expansion also increases the facility's capacity for new and remanufactured components. In addition, all West Fargo operations now reside under one roof for the more than 300 employees.
"The vision for Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain LLC in West Fargo is to be the world leader in remanufacturing large drivetrain systems; it's why we continue to invest here," said Greg Folley, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Remanufacturing & Components Division. "And this team truly has a global reach. Approximately 60 percent of the massive components made here - transmission and torque converter assemblies weigh up to 33,000 pounds - will be shipped outside the United States to go into mining machines across the world. Remanufacturing allows us to achieve all of this while still benefiting the environment. Here in West Fargo alone, our remanufacturing process recycles millions of pounds of iron each year."
Caterpillar acquired the North Dakota assets of Gremada Industries Inc. in July 2008. What started as a parts manufacturer to support the local Cat® dealer, Butler Machinery Co., in 1962 has grown into an integral piece of the Cat Reman division. Today, the facility performs a mixture of remanufacturing as well as new parts manufacturing.
"The fact that Caterpillar chose West Fargo for its expansion is a testament to the positive business climate that we have worked hard to establish in North Dakota," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. "Our state economy continues to grow and diversify, and Caterpillar is part of that success."
The West Fargo plant is one of 17 facilities and nearly 4,000 team members that make up Cat Reman, which returns end-of-life components to "same-as-when-new" condition in terms of reliability, durability and performance. Remanufacturing is a sustainable business as it reduces waste and minimizes the need for raw materials to produce new parts. Because remanufactured components can cost around 40 to 60 percent of a new component, this business also helps provide Cat customers with the lowest life cycle cost over the life of a product.