U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after Caterpillar Inc. announced that the company will build a new manufacturing facility in Clarke and Oconee counties -- located in Broun's Congressional district. The facility is expected to directly employ 1,400 people once it is fully operational and the total investment for opening the new facility is estimated to be approximately $200 million.
"I am ecstatic that Caterpillar has chosen Clarke and Oconee counties as home for its newest expansion, and I'd like to congratulate the company on its tremendous success and economic growth," Broun said. "Governor Deal also deserves a huge pat on the back for closing this deal and for continuing to convince businesses like Caterpillar to invest in our state. Caterpillar's new facility will create the manufacturing and industry jobs that Georgians need the most right now, and it will also provide a welcomed boost to our state's economy. This is a proud day for not only the 10th District, but also for the entire state of Georgia. It's a great place to do business and an even better place to live."
In addition to the 1,400 people working in the new facility near Athens, Caterpillar estimates another 2,800 full times jobs will be created in the United States among suppliers and at other non-Caterpillar companies that will support the new facility.