Caterpillar to design, build its vocational-truck lines at Texas plant
Company officials said the plant, which opened in 2012, currently produces hydraulic excavators.
“The on-highway vocational truck product family is important to our product line. Customers like our trucks and want to include them in their fleets in a variety of heavy-duty applications, such as dump trucks, mixers, haulers or one of the other configurations we offer,” Chris Chadwick, Caterpillar’s director of the firm's Global On-Highway Truck Group, said. “To continue to provide the best solution for our customers, we will bring the design and manufacturing of this product into Caterpillar, and the production specifically to Victoria. Our updated strategy reaffirms our commitment to grow and develop our presence in the vocational truck industry moving forward.”
Caterpillar launched its first vocational truck, the CT660, in the North American market in 2011. Two more models have since been added to the lineup, the CT680 and CT681. To date, Caterpillar has worked with Navistar for the products’ design and construction. They are currently manufactured in Escobedo, Mexico.
“We appreciate the collaboration we have had with Navistar,” Chadwick said. “As we look to future launches of new truck models, this updated strategy will better position us to help provide our customers with the best products and services for this market."