PEARISBURG, Va. (AP) -- -

Caterpillar Global Mining America LLC plans to close a customer service center in Pearisburg this summer.

The Underground Customer Service Center employs about 50 workers who rebuild and repair underground mining equipment. Caterpillar says it's transferring these responsibilities to dealers as part of an ongoing integration of the company's 2011 acquisition of Bucyrus International.

The company says the Pearisburg center's workers are being offered a severance package. The company also is looking to partner with area employers who might have openings, and working with agencies on outplacement services.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1n1Vw6V ) reported the company's announcement Wednesday.