Caterpillar Logistics Services plans to open a new parts distribution center in southwest Ohio.
Caterpillar Logistics is a subsidiary of mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill.
Caterpillar spokeswoman Bridget Young said Tuesday that the new center in Clayton is expected to employ 500 to 600 people when fully staffed, depending on market conditions.
The center will span more than 1 million square feet. Cost is estimated at more than $50 million. Construction is expected to begin in early 2010 and be completed in 2011.
Caterpillar says the center near Dayton eventually will replace the company's Indianapolis Regional Distribution facility and assume some work currently performed at Caterpillar's parts distribution center in Morton, Ill.