Thirty-five-years later, more than 1,300 men and woman call their job at CAT Reman’s four Corinth facilities a career.
A crowd of local and state officials gathered with Caterpillar employees and executives on Tuesday at CAT’s Large Engine Reman facility on Legacy Drive. In addition to celebrating 35 years in Corinth and Alcorn County, CAT also unveiled the new 3500 Reman Engine now assembled in Corinth.
Caterpillar Managing Director Trent Tippey, a second generation employee, said its the people who have made Caterpillar a success in Mississippi.
“It’s about every single employee. It takes people like Nick Johnston, who has been with Caterpillar for the entire 35 years in Corinth, and it takes the people who joined the organization as late as yesterday,” said Tippey. “It’s because of these people that we were able to begin remanufacturing in Mississippi 35 years ago.”
Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough echoed Tippey.
“It’s the people who work at Caterpillar who has helped this company achieve their goals right here in Mississippi,” said McCullough. “People across the world depend on Caterpillar equipment that has been remanufactured right here in Mississippi.”
McCullough focused on the employees in attendance and watching as the event was simulcasted to other Mississippi facilities. He said, “You remanufacture engines that help move the global economy, and for that, we honor you.”
Tippey said it’s the workforce which has helped CAT continue in Mississippi for 35 years and more so helped the local facility land the job to remanufacture CAT’s 3500 engine.
“CAT Reman has a bright feature in Mississippi going forward all because of our amazing people,” he added.
The new CAT 3500 engine has already brought an additional 75 careers to Corinth.
Caterpillar remanufacturing moved to Corinth in 1982.
Operations expanded to the Sawyer Road facility in 1989. In 1996, CAT’s Mississippi operations expanded to open the “Prentiss” facility in Booneville. In 2012, Corinth Logistics Facility was contracted and in 2014 the company opened the Large Engine Facility on Legacy Drive.
More than 500,000 tons of material has been returned and repurposed at Corinth CAT in the past 10 years.
Local CAT employees have also made a difference in the community through events held with the Mid-South Food Bank, Amen Food Pantry, Prentiss Baptist Association, Angel Tree in Corinth and Booneville and United Way of Alcorn County.