The Washington Times-Herald

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November 20, 2012

MacAllister breaks ground

WASHINGTON —

Executives from MacAllister Machinery Co. joined officials from Daviess County Indiana for a formal ground-breaking today to begin construction of a $9 million, 50,000 sq. ft. expansion of existing facilities in the county.  The expansion is expected to allow MacAllister to strategically centralize its component rebuild service in one Indiana location, thus advancing its goal of continuous improvement in customer service, according to Chris MacAllister, president.

 MacAllister Machinery, a private family-owned business that serves as a distributor for new and used Caterpillar equipment, has maintained service and sales operations in Daviess County for 28 years and currently employs about 100 associates here.

 “This exciting expansion by MacAllister eloquently demonstrates the critical value of having an Interstate nearby to connect Daviess County with the rest of the state and beyond,” said Tony Wichman, president of the Daviess County commissioners.  “It is fitting and symbolic that the day after the new I-69 formally opens its 67-mile expansion through southern Indiana that a major company like MacAllister begins a large-scale strategic expansion.”

 The new 50,000 sq. ft. facility, which will more than double the size of the existing physical facility up to 90,000 sq. ft., will house sales, parts and services and MacAllister’s inventory of Caterpillar heavy and compact equipment. The larger facility will have 26,000 sq. ft. dedicated to rebuilding engines, transmissions, torque convertors and final drives. The facility is expected to be in operation 24 hours a day, six days a week to provide faster customer turnaround cycles.

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

 “Our award-winning local school systems and area culture produce a solid workforce, and we are pleased that MacAllister is taking appropriate advantage of these workforce assets,” said Mayor Joe Wellman of Washington. “MacAllister has been a great corporate citizen for many years and we look forward to working with them to grow their workforce and presence even further in the months and years ahead.”

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