Peterlee firm keeps on trucking

Celebrations at Caterpillar Peterlee.
Celebrations at Caterpillar Peterlee.

A Peterlee firm is celebrating a huge milestone.

Caterpillar Peterlee is thrilled to have built its 50,0000th articulated truck.

This is a hugely significant milestone for the company, which celebrated its 30,000th truck launch back in November 2007.

In recognition of the 50,000th truck build, a handover took place yesterday between Caterpillar and representatives from Trader Construction Company, a customer based in the US, who flew over especially for the event accompanied by the dealer Gregory Poole.

The articulated truck plant in Peterlee, which was originally owned by David John Brown back in 1973, became a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar in 1996 when Caterpillar bought the full design rights to the product range.

The company has gone from strength to strength with huge investments in new product introductions.

The manufacturing plant’s physical footprint has expanded from one main factory to multiple satellite buildings to support the ongoing growth of the business.

The building of the 50,0000th articulated truck is a phenomenal milestone for the company, said Managing Director, Phil Handley.

He said: "We are extremely proud of this achievement and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their help and commitment in helping us reach this milestone.”

In addition to the truck being handed over to Trader Construction Company, the celebrations will continue, including a BBQ day on Thursday, July 19, for all the employees.