U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), today, announced that he has sent a letter to Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar, urging him to retain jobs in York. Recently Caterpillar announced that it is considering moving 250 jobs away from York. In a letter citing the quality of the York workforce and the critical role that these jobs play in the region's economy, Senator Casey pressed the company to keep its York plant open and running.
Senator Casey wrote, "I encourage you to give serious consideration to any option that will protect the 250 jobs at stake and preserve Caterpillar's presence in the region."
The full text of a Senator Casey's letter can be seen below:
Mr. Doug Oberhelman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dear Mr. Oberhelman:
I am writing regarding the recent reports that Caterpillar operations in York, Pennsylvania may be moved to another domestic facility. As I am sure you are aware, this facility provides 250 quality jobs to the York community, and could have a significant impact if it were to be lost. I am aware that this dedicated and quality workforce has worked to develop a constructive relationship with Caterpillar and has endeavored to make the operations in York as effective and efficient as possible.
It is my understanding that a decision in this matter has not yet been reached. I encourage you to give serious consideration to any option that will protect the 250 jobs at stake and preserve Caterpillar's presence in the region. I look forward to any opportunity to work with you to develop these options, and any federal programs that may be relevant.
If there is any way that I can be of assistance to keep this facility in York, please contact me, or have the appropriate staff person contact my office. I appreciate your attention to this important matter.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator