Caterpillar Breaks Ground on Georgia Plant Near Athens

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

(Update) ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- March 17, 2012

Construction equipment maker Caterpillar is moving fast to build its $200 million manufacturing near Athens, having started construction exactly a month after the project was announced.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, local Chamber of Commerce president Doc Eldridge called the project the biggest thing to come to Athens since Herschel Walker played football at the University of Georgia.

Eldridge may have been joking. But the plant has been welcome news as Georgia tries to claw out of the recession. Within five years Caterpillar expects to employ 800 people at the factory.

The Athens-Banner Herald reports ( ) that plant manager Todd Henry says the first 250 workers or more will be hired by next summer. The Georgia plant will manufacture mini-excavators and small tractors.
ATLANTA (AP) -- February 19, 2012

The $200 million Caterpillar manufacturing plant set to open in northeast Georgia next year is the latest in a string of economic development victories for Georgia officials.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker's announcement on Friday is the latest sign Georgia is trying to position itself to compete amid a U.S. manufacturing resurgence.

Chris Cummiskey, the commissioner of the Department of Economic Development, told the newspaper ( Georgia has boosted its effort to attract manufacturers since KIA Motors opened its plant in West Point two years ago.

He says "our pipelines are as full as they've ever been."

Among the recent developments, Georgia landed a $350 million Toyota Industries Corp. in Pendergrass that would create 320 jobs and a new Home Depot call center in Cobb County.

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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    Shortly after Obamacare passed into law Caterpillar announced it would cost them $1 million a year here. Then not long ago we read where they had opened several factories in China. Not only will companies move out of this country due to labor costs, and labor availability, which unions increase here with federal government assistance, they will move because of other federal laws and regulations, including taxes, that make them less competitive both here and outside the country. And by the way, most capital for large corporations comes from private investors who should be able to expect a reasonable return on their investment. Frankly, I think building anything in China and allowing it into this country should be stopped due to its lack of quality and safety control. We've seen tainted products come into this country and that should be stopped.
  • by mike Location: Tally on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM
    The plant will be near Athens, GA Caterpillar announced it has selected land near Athens, Ga., as the location for a new facility that will build small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. The state-of-the-art, one-million-square foot facility is expected to directly employ 1,400 people once it is fully operational. The total investment for opening the new facility will be about $200 million. In addition to the 1,400 people working in the new facility, Caterpillar estimates another 2,800 full-time jobs will be created in the U.S. among suppliers and at other non-Caterpillar companies that will support the new facility. Caterpillar plans to break ground on the new facility in Athens in the first quarter of 2012. Initial production at the facility is expected to begin in late 2013, ramping up to full production over a five-year period. The company will use the website to fill the majority of open positions at the facility.
  • by need job Location: perry on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    what town is this going to be in.We would be glad to move we need jobs. We are tired of living on welfare.
  • by Corporations Aren't People and They Aren't Pro-American on Feb 20, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    To Reagan Conservative - I'm getting tired of hearing Republicans constantly blaming America's troubles on unions. I AM NOT in a union but I relize that the ability of workers to stand together is one of the only ways common people can survive against the unregulated, out-of-control capitalism that is ruining this country. We stand by as companies, who value quarterly profit about all else, send jobs overseas to a labor force that is paid one or two dollars a day, and then we are told Americans are fat and lazy because we can't compete with that. The only way we will ever compete with that is when this country has been turned into a third world country where people are paid a wage they can't survive on. Mom and Pop capitalism is wonderful. The cancerous type of capitalism we have now that places greed above any sense of social responsibility or concern for country is a toxic force that is destroying America from the inside out.
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      by Anon on Feb 20, 2012 at 03:41 PM in reply to Corporations Aren't People and They Aren't Pro-American
      Get real. Caterpillar is locating to Georgia to escape Northern unions. Just like Boeing is now doing in South Carolina.
  • by Reagan Conservative on Feb 19, 2012 at 05:55 PM
    This sounds like Obama's plan for in-sourcing. Obama is extorting and blackmailing U.S. companies that which to globalize and obtain less expensive workers overseas. He's threatening American corporations, (made up of people), by taking away their tax breaks and subsides, unless they bring jobs back to the U.S., of which is pro-union and who's workers are greedy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    Where is this supposed to be at in North East Ga? I sure need a construction job.
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