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Caterpillar dealer to expand in Sioux City

Apr, 23 2012


(Sioux City, Iowa) -- A Caterpillar equipment dealer is planning a $6 million expansion of its Sioux City facility, and create up to 20 new jobs.

The project will allow Ziegler Caterpillar to better serve its western Iowa customers and improve its offerings of new and used equipment, service, parts, rental tools, and technology support for customers in western Iowa, according to a news release Friday.

"We're expanding our presence in Sioux City because our business in the area continues to grow," Ziegler Chairman and CEO William Hoeft said in a statement. "The expansion will help us provide a higher level of service to both our construction and agricultural customers."

The Sioux City dealership at 5300 Harbor Drive, plans to increase the size of its shop by 19,000 square feet, and its warehouse by 5,000 square feet. The project also includes a larger parking and equipment display areas.

The city will assist the expansion by vacating and turning over to the company two acres of unused right-of-way that lies between Ziegler's facility in the Bridgeport Industrial Park and an equipment display area it owns along Interstate 29. The vacation will create a single parcel large enough for the expansion.

The city also will construct a new stormwater conveyance ditch that will connect to the existing stormwater system, draining the Ziegler property and other development properties in the area.

In exchange for the assistance, Ziegler has agreed to a minimum property assessment of $2.5 million. The company, which currently employs 40 people, plans to add 10 to 20 new jobs.

"Ziegler's expansion in Sioux City is a reflection of economic growth throughout the region," Mayor Bob Scott said in a statement. "The project will bring additional jobs and significant investment to Sioux City."

The dealer sells and services the full line of CAT construction equipment, including compact, mid-size, and heavy equipment. They also offer new and used agricultural equipment, including Challenger tractors and hay equipment, Lexion combines, White planters, Sunflower tillage equipment, and RoGator, TerraGator, and SpraCoupe applicators.

Founded in 1914, Ziegler is one of the largest CAT dealers in the country. The family-owned business employs more than 1,400 people in 19 communities throughout Minnesota and Iowa.

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