Caterpillar to build plant in Georgia, create 4,200 jobs


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Submitted: Fri, 02/17/2012 - 3:41pm
Updated: Fri, 02/17/2012 - 9:11pm
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By JEFF MARTIN and ERRIN HAINES
The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal confirmed that Caterpillar plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Georgia, a project company officials say will create more than 4,200 US jobs.

Caterpillar said in a statement Friday morning that its planned one-million-square-foot-facility near Athens is expected to directly employ 1,400 workers once it’s fully operational.

Company officials said they estimate the project will create another 2,800 full-time jobs in the US among suppliers and at other companies.

Deal said in a statement that Georgia’s business climate offers the logistics, workforce, speed and efficiency that global industries such as Caterpillar are looking for. At a Friday morning news conference at the Capitol, Deal described the project as the largest growth of new jobs in Georgia since a sprawling Kia Motors manufacturing facility was built.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

10 Comments

  • Mike T says:

    I heard last week that the land that Cat was looking at belongs to a group of Republicans. I hope this loss isn’t pay back for Phil Berger blowing out the Tire Company deal because Democrats own the property across the street. Bev wouldn’t be that cold would she? Phil Berger Was!!

  • guesty says:

    Have you ever been to the Roanoke facility? If not, take a road trip and check it out.

  • Ken says:

    It appears the only new business that is remotly interested in coming to our area is one that wants to destroy our enviornment and cause us additional illnesses and that company if fighting hard to force their way in here. I am glad to see many in our community fighting to keep Titana out. If our community is going to suffer with a prolonged down economy, I’m glad we do not have to slowly die off from the pollution of Titan. I still say if Titan is such a great company, why doesn’t the CEO build the plant in his own back yard rather than mine.

  • Shaun O'Rourke says:

    There are over a dozens films and TV shows popping up across the state dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the local mom and pops as well as hotels, lumber, paint and employing over 2000 people across the state.

    No pollution.

  • ........ says:

    Figures….. North Carolina ruins another opportunity to gain a dependable employer. The Wilmington area has very little employment opportunisties. If you do not own your business or work in health care there are very little lucrative opportunities in New Hanover County.

  • Native Wilmingtonian says:

    Yeah! Those new gas taxes plus the state income and business taxes, no wonder no one wants to build a business here. Congratulations Raleigh, until you get a handle on where the money goes (How many of you remember paying for the inspection sticker fee? Well no one in Raleigh can or will tell you where that money went!) and fix that… all we can do is watch businesses go elsewhere.
    As for those “deadly” industries, where are all the obituaries and cemeterys full of those killed by the plants already in operation? There aren’t any stop with the faiery tale green industries and jobs if they are so great why are they only employing backruptcy attorneys, eh?

  • 28472 says:

    Meet The NEW BOSS Same As The Old Boss

  • Guest7969 says:

    Those people aren’t interested in facts…it’s the Liberal way..knee jerk..OMG EVERYONE COMMIT SUICIDE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!!

  • guesty says:

    Liberals don’t let facts get in the way of their feelings.

  • ... says:

    Film jobs are urban myths. You have to have an inside connection into the union and many times that does not even work. We need real dependable jobs!

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