Caterpillar Inc.’s Sanford facility is looking to hire 200 people, company officials said Tuesday.

“We’re attempting to fill various positions within the manufacturing facility,” said Vic Baluis, the plant’s operations manager.

The new jobs will add to the Sanford workforce that now totals about 1,600, Baluis said.

Areas of availability include logistics, assembly fabrications including welding, and quality department, according to Baluis.

The hirings are the result of customers’ needs, he said.

“There are big jobs to be done worldwide,” Baluis said, noting the global need for infrastructure including roads and utilities.

The company’s Building Construction Products Division in Sanford came to Lee County more than 20 years ago and serves as a global source of skid steer, multi-terrain and compact track loaders.

The facility is in Central Carolina Enterprise Park.

Starting pay for most of the jobs is $15.50 per hour, Baluis said. Some positions may start at a higher wage, depending on the skill set and type of work needed.

The company operates three shifts and night-shift opportunities are available, he said.

Hiring begins as soon as people complete the application process, Baluis said.

“The need is now,” he said.

To apply or for more information, go to caterpillar.com and select the Search for Jobs tab and then search for Sanford.

“If you want to work somewhere where you can make something, this is the facility to be at,” Baluis said. “The parts start out not together, then we take all the loose parts and make them here in the fabrication groups and send down the line to get the equipment ready to go to customers who have a need for it.

“We help make the world a better place.”