What began with just 11 employees has grown into a total workforce of approximately 1,600 – 90 added in 2012 alone – in facilities and warehouses located in Corinth and Booneville. Today, the Mississippi operations remain Caterpillar’s cornerstone for remanufacturing, and the company is now a global leader in remanufacturing with 17 facilities spread across seven countries.
“The Corinth team is proud to have been an early part of Caterpillar’s journey in this business that’s good for customers, good for business and good for the environment,” said Mississippi Remanufacturing Operations Manager Roberto Ortega. “Cat dealers from around the world travel to Mississippi to learn about the benefits of remanufacturing, and while here many also visit the great local landmarks our communities have to offer.”
The Mississippi facilities remanufacture engines and large engine components, in addition to serving as the company's center for salvage development technologies. Operations expanded in 1989 to a second location in Corinth, which provides global core processing and dealer support. Continued growth led to the opening of the Booneville, Mississippi, facility in 1996.
Accroding to Cat Reman, their remanufacturing activities save more than 100 million tons of material from landfills each year.
On Friday, July 20, Caterpillar will celebrate 30 years of remanufacturing operations in Mississippi with a banquet for employees. Ortega will join other Caterpillar leaders in recognizing those who contribute daily to the facilities' success.
“While technologies have changed in the past 30 years, the key to Caterpillar’s success remains the same: people,” said Ortega. “The skills, work ethic and focus on continuous improvement demonstrated by employees in Mississippi have enabled this facility to grow for three decades. We appreciate their commitment to keeping Caterpillar strong in Corinth for years to come, and thank all those who have been part of the team for their contributions.”
In addition to serving customers, since the beginning, the workforce has shown a strong commitment to community service. This year, the team supports United Way, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the food pantries and Angel Tree programs in Corinth and Booneville, and area schools. The facilities partner with Northeast Mississippi Community College and local schools to help develop future generations as a skilled workforce for Mississippi employers. Caterpillar sponsors area students competing in the Mississippi BEST Robotics competition and this year donated engines to Northeast Mississippi and Itawamba Community Colleges for use in their diesel engine programs. In 2011, Caterpillar honored employees in its Mississippi remanufacturing facilities with the company’s Community Service Award for a U.S. team.