Caterpillar said today it plans to more than triple employment at its four-year-old diesel generator plant in Newberry.
The company expects within four years to add up to 500 workers to the 190 already employed at the plant, spokesman Jim Dugan said.
Hiring could start late this year, he said, with the pace of adding workers depending on the speed of the economic recovery.
Caterpillar is transferring generator work done at its Griffin, Ga., plant to Newberry, Dugan said.
That will allow the Georgia plant to concentrate work on making engines, he said.
Caterpillar is making the moves as it ?see signs that the economy is improving since last year,? Dugan said.