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Caterpillar celebrating 30 years in Lafayette

Caterpillar is celebrating three decades in Lafayette.

The company this morning kicked off an anniversary celebration at its plant on State Road 26.

The first engine rolled off the line there in 1982.

General Manager Timothy Zaspal says the facility has undergone many transformations over the years.

He says it is positioned for continued success in the future.

The 1.3-million-square-foot Lafayette Engine Center contains engineering, assembly, test, paint and shipment of five of the company’s engine models.

Engines produced at the plant have applications ranging from cargo ships to offshore drilling platforms.

They're also used to provide backup power at hospitals, data processing centers and remote locations around the world.