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Caterpillar Inc. says it will spent $640 million to upgrade plants in East Peoria and Decatur, creating 300 new jobs.

A company spokesman says Caterpillar will make more tractors in East Peoria and more trucks in Decatur.

Friday's announcement comes two months after Caterpillar said it would spend $200 million to modernize part of its East Peoria plant.

The company also said Friday that it would seek to buy a Chinese maker of mining machinery for as much as $886 million. That deal needs the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce and other regulators.

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