Caterpillar putting warehouse in Spokane County

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- When it opens next year in Spokane County a new Caterpillar distribution center will employ more than 100 warehouse workers.

Gov. Chris Gregoire says $235,000 in state assistance helped clinch the deal announced Thursday by the heavy equipment company. The state provided $135,000 to the Greater Spokane organization to help recruit the company and $100,000 to train workers.

The Spokesman-Review reports Caterpillar also may benefit from a tax-increment financing district that diverts property tax revenue from new construction to help pay for roads and utilities.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com