Western States Cat officially broke ground on our new facility in Liberty Lake, Washington on February 16, commemorating the company’s 65th anniversary as a Caterpillar dealer.

After many months of building planning and preparation, a small group of Western States employees, Liberty Lake Mayor Cris Kaminskas, representatives from contractor Bouten Construction and Pete Rockwell from architecture firm Glancey Rockwell and Associates gathered at the site of the future store to celebrate the historic groundbreaking.

“On this exact day 65 years ago, we became a Caterpillar dealer for southern Idaho,” CEO Tom Terteling said at the event, “We’re happy to be in Liberty Lake; our clients are going to be better served, so this is really a neat thing for us.”

Liberty Lake will be the biggest facility project Western States has taken on, and all Spokane employees will move onto the new campus once completed. With the well-being of our employees and the environment in mind, plans for the new store include eco-friendly materials in its design and automation system in the warehouse and a half-mile walking path for pedestrians.

“The Liberty Lake groundbreaking ceremony celebrates coming together as a team with Bouten Construction and the community of Liberty Lake. Together, we will build a facility that will represent the hard work and dedication of our employees and clients,” said Procurement Services Manager Heather Black.

“It’s very exciting to reach the groundbreaking milestone with our Liberty Lake Project,” President Kelly Olson said, “This is when the vision and design of a safe and modern workplace for our Spokane Team starts to become a reality.  This project is our purpose in action– we are building our communities for a better tomorrow!”