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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A diesel generator plant in South Carolina plans to add up to 500 jobs in the next four years.

The State newspaper reported Caterpillar plans to more than triple employment at its plant in Newberry. Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan says the company has 190 workers now.

Dugan says hiring could start late this year, with hiring based on the economic recovery.

He says Caterpillar is transferring generator work done at its Griffin, Ga., plant to the Newberry facility. Dugan says that will allow the Georgia plant to concentrate on making engines.

The Newberry plant makes generators used in larger homes, stores, farms and cell phone towers.

The company also has an engine plant in Greenville, a parts facility in Sumter, a re-manufacturing plant in Summerville and a logistics operation in Fountain Inn.

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For more information on Caterpillar efforts to bring jobs from Japan back to the U.S., check out their latest press release.

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