The Caterpillar campus in South Milwaukee is for sale for $15 million.
The entrance to Caterpillar Inc.’s South Milwaukee complex sits at 1100 Milwaukee Ave., adjacent to the city’s downtown. It was the home of mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International Inc. before that company was acquired by Caterpillar in 2011.
The complex, which once employed 10 percent of the city’s population, is tightly nestled between Milwaukee, 10th and Rawson avenues, stretching three long blocks from east to west and six blocks north to south in the heart of the city.
Of the 76 acres that Caterpillar occupies, the company still owns approximately 43.5 acres. The remaining 32.5 acres are owned by One Liberty Properties Inc., a real estate investment firm based in Great Neck, New York.
The campus is split in two by Rawson Avenue, with the pieces referred to as “north of Rawson” and “south of Rawson.” Caterpillar owns two properties “north of Rawson,” a 36.6-acre parcel at 1118 Rawson Ave. and a 2.2-acre parcel at 1100 Rawson Ave. that contains an office building and many of the original Bucyrus buildings.
The 32.5 acres south of Rawson are now listed for sale by Colliers International|Wisconsin. The property includes eight buildings with 519,712-square-feet of industrial space and 230-square-feet of office space.
The listing specifies that Caterpillar’s lease expires Jan. 31, 2022.
Caterpillar spokeswoman Lisa Miller said there were no updates to provide on the company’s operations in South Milwaukee and the Caterpillar owned portion of the campus is not for sale.
Last spring, Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar confirmed plans to move engineering operations from South Milwaukee to Arizona as part of the creation of a central hub for its surface mining and technology offices. As many as 200 jobs are expected to move from South Milwaukee to Arizona over the next five to seven years.
Caterpillar Inc. has reduced its global workforce by more than 14,000 employees in the past 18 months, well ahead of the pace the company announced in September 2015. In March, the company announced plans to close a machine production plant in Aurora, Ill., putting 800 people out of work.
South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks and the City Council have been working with Milwaukee-based engineering firm GRAEF since last fall to develop a master plan for the area currently occupied by Caterpillar.