Holt Cat, the Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer for South, Central, North and Northeast Texas, celebrated the completion of its 40,000-square-foot heavy equipment service facility in San Antonio. The $11 million expansion is part of a $100 million Holt investment plan to upgrade facilities, open new full-service locations, and ensure technicians are equipped with advanced tools and technologies.

The expansion is the largest addition to Holt’s San Antonio headquarters in decades, Holt officials said. The new building replaces a smaller service shop and will be a climate-controlled facility that will provide an improved work environment for technicians.

“Demand for the heavy equipment repair and rebuild services Holt provides is surging as a result of the shale boom and resurgence in manufacturing and infrastructure projects,” said Peter Holt, CEO of Holt Cat. “Our locations across the state are showing robust growth as a result. In fact, 2014 has been one of the strongest years ever for our business.”

Many of Holt’s customers choose to have their heavy equipment rebuilt instead of purchasing a new machine in order to manage capital costs. Key machine components are inspected and replaced, and the machine is returned to service in new-like condition. Holt’s new facility will include advanced capabilities to manage rebuilds.

The facility has eight service bays, featuring four 10-ton cranes and four 15-ton cranes; monitored oil dispensing in all bays; 150 tons of automated HVAC and lighting controls to save energy; and eight BAF-branded fans to reduce electrical consumption.

Holt Cat is also a major player in rental, ranked No. 19 on the RER 100.