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Caterpillar plans to close its plant in Franklin after the first of the year, putting 80 people out of work.
The Marine Engine Technician Program at Cape Fear Community College just got a leg up on the competition. The program got two 6,000-pound boat engines today for students to break down and rebuild.
Caterpillar will not call southeastern North Carolina its new home. Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw says Brunswick County was eliminated from the selection for a proposed manufacturing plant back on February 7, but officials chose to keep that decision quiet until now.
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.