Caterpillar Hiring More Than 200 in Peoria, Donates $300,000 to Local Vocational Programs

Company announced it is seeking to fill hundreds of jobs in welding and production in the Peoria area

During a presentation on Tuesday afternoon at Manual Academy High School, Peoria, IL, Caterpillar representative Robert Brock, manager of the company's East Peoria facilities, announced opportunities for more than 200 jobs in the Peoria area. The jobs will be primarily in welding and production.

The announcement was made as Caterpillar delivered the second installment of a three-year, $300,000 partnership with Peoria Public Schools' Peoria Pathways to Prosperity program. The program is a collaboration between public and private sector employers and educators aimed at giving students skills necessary for available jobs in the region. Two CNC machines, a hydraulic tube bender and their operating software joined existing welding stations and other tools donated by the company.

Brock informed the Academy's welding students of the job opportunities and encouraged them to apply. “For Caterpillar in the Peoria area, we have over 200 openings right now for production workers," he stated. "So if any of you are graduating soon, I’d like to do my part and encourage you to get one of these cards from [Manual Academy teacher Andrew Rice] and apply.”

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