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Caterpillar recruits 100 workers in County Durham

US construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is to recruit 100 staff for its County Durham plant.

The new posts will initially be agency staff but it is hoped a number of the jobs currently filled by agency staff at the Peterlee plant will become permanent.

Two years ago, about 400 workers were made redundant at the site because of the world economic slowdown.

But it said demand for its products had now returned.

The 100 staff will be taken on in the first half of this year at the site, which produces articulated dump trucks.

As well as the job cuts in 2008, the number of shifts was reduced to deal with the slowdown in demand.

Caterpillar Peterlee HR manager Chris Fairs said: "The current climate is a lot more positive and puts us in a position where we are recruiting and increasing the number of products we make."

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