“[The] underground mining segment is a key component of Caterpillar’s growth strategy, and we’re putting all the building blocks in place now,” said Paul Mulley, product manager for room and pillar products and the highwall miner.

The Houston facility upgrades will address manufacturing and assembly areas. The changes will improve work flow and provide factory workers with a brighter environment. The plan is to physically separate the manufacturing and assembly areas. The Houston facility already uses the Caterpillar Production System.

“We are taking advantage of a slow period to make significant changes to our business,” said Robert Droogleever, segment manager for all underground products at Caterpillar.