Caterpillar Inc. employees in South Milwaukee have already been shown a streetcar map of downtown Tucson, and this week they will learn more about the southern Arizona city where some of them could be living as early as this year.
Employees say the mining equipment manufacturer has scheduled webinars for Tuesday and Wednesday on the company's plans to establish its surface mining equipment and technology headquarters in Tucson, Ariz.
The move could have a large impact on Caterpillar's engineering and administrative workforce in South Milwaukee where the company builds some of the world's biggest mining machines. South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks said Caterpillar told him more than 200 high-paying office jobs could be moved to Tucson over the next five to seven years.
Tucson officials say their city is experiencing a major resurgence in cultural attractions and business, and that landing the Caterpillar location was a major coup for the city that's often in the shadow of much larger Phoenix.