The 270,000 square foot facility is home to the expansion of Caterpillar's compact construction equipment operations in Sanford.
"This is a company that makes things ... glad they decided to expand in Sanford, North Carolina," Perdue said.
The grand opening is just the first phase of the project; the expanded facility will be fully operational by 2015.
"Obviously, we competed very aggressively to have them to select this new site to manufacture equipment and today's a glorious day ... 325 new jobs, new families will have a way to support their families," Perdue said.
Those jobs will be phased in over a five-year period.
In addition to the expansion, Caterpillar is also planning to build a new facility in Winston-Salem, which will bring in about 400 jobs.