Caterpillar plans to spend $20 million to expand one of its South Carolina manufacturing plants so it can handle additional work. Caterpillar said Wednesday that the expansion in Sumter, SC will lead to the addition of more than 80 jobs at the plant over the next two years. The project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant, so it will be able to make the large hydraulic cylinders Caterpillar currently makes at its Joliet. Caterpillar is shifting that work away from Joliet to allow that plant to expand production of other products to help meet growing demand for the Peoria company's construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar says it expects to begin hiring more workers in Sumter near the end of this year.
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