New jobs are coming to Spokane now that the brand new Caterpillar distribution plant is nearly finished and job fairs will be held this month at SCC to fill up to 150 positions.
The plant is built for growth; it's a half-million square feet of warehouse space that will hold 100,000 Cat parts for distribution throughout the Inland Northwest, Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. Those parts are as small as the stickers they use on their machines, to giant engines the size of nine F-150 trucks put together.
Not only is it big, the plant is also impressive and built to be sustainable. Fluorescent lights are equipped with motion sensors so they only go on when needed by a worker. The roof is painted white to help reflect the suns rays and keep the building cool. The roof is also built strong with Spokane's infamous snow in mind.
It took only eight months to pull together the massive warehouse in a project dubbed “Project Swift”, according to Logistics Manager Brad Gile.
The only think missing from the plant are its employees, so Cat will hold two job fairs at Spokane Community College on May 22 and 23. More information can be found at Caterpillar's website.
The jobs range from office associates to being on the line picking, packing and shipping Cat parts. Gile could not disclose the salaries for these positions, but said more information would be available about pay and benefits at the job fairs.