Caterpillar machines company eyes Londonderry location
Last week, officials from Milton CAT appeared before the Londonderry Planning Board with conceptual plans for a new warehouse facility at 30 Industrial Drive, in the town’s Gateway Business district.
Milton CAT has two other facilities in the Granite State, with one in Warner and another in Hopkinton, as well as sites in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Maine and Rhode Island.
Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said the project has yet to go before a public hearing and that the Jan. 8 discussion was purely conceptual in nature.
Brad Farrin, corporate facilities manager for Milton CAT, said the three-generation, family-owned company, which was founded in Hopkinton in 1960, is New England’s authorized dealership for Caterpillar products.
Farrin said Milton CAT’s newest location in North Reading, Mass., opened about a year and a half ago.
“You talk about an equipment business coming in and people tend to envision rusty equipment lying near the road,” Farrin said. “But that’s not what we’re about at all. We bring a lot to the communities we serve.”
Farrin said the size of the proposed Londonderry facility has yet to be determined, but warehousing, service and sales would be prominent features of the new location.
“From a family standpoint, the quality of construction we typically bring to a community is high,” Farrin said. “We make an investment and strategically place where we want to be. And we’re excited about it.”
Londonderry Assistant Public Works Director John Trottier said the town has been working with company officials since early last month.