The FINANCIAL — ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., today announced the company’s plans to locate a locomotive manufacturing facility in Sete Lagoas, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, to serve the South American dieselelectric locomotive market.
Progress Rail has agreed to open the facility to better serve its Brazilian and South American customers, and will operate the facility through its subsidiary, MGE Equipamentos e Servicos Ferroviarios Ltda. (MGE). Progress Rail anticipates this project could create up to 600 jobs when at full capacity.
The company plans to make a significant investment to open and modernize the existing manufacturing plant in Sete Lagoas, in the state of Minas Gerais. The facility will assemble and manufacture Electro-Motive Diesel-branded locomotives in the 12,000 square meter space on a 100,000 square meter site. Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. is a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services, and a worldwide leader in locomotive technology with approximately 33,000 diesel-electric locomotives in operation globally.
“We are proud to announce the opening of this state-of-the-art facility, which will allow us to produce locomotives locally for our Brazilian customers, and also continue to provide quality products to our customers around the world,” said Billy Ainsworth, president and chief executive officer of Progress Rail Services. “We believe the Sete Lagoas community, in the state of Minas Gerais and the country of Brazil, will offer our Progress Rail Services to Locate Assembly Operation in Sete Lagoas, organization an exceptional location from which we will produce world-class locomotives.”