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Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work (Update: Georgia)
National Right To Work Committee ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | NRTW Committee Staff

Posted on 02/18/2012 7:02:34 AM PST by KeyLargo

Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work

February 17, 2012

Caterpillar digging into Indiana

Caterpillar has been a mainstay Illinois-based company for generations but no longer. The power and influence of big labor has impacted the company for too long, damaging its bottom-line and hurting workers.

Now that Illinois’ neighbor, Indiana, has become a Right to Work state, Caterpillar is exploring their options, according to The Detroit News’ Robert Laurie:

Back in 2009, Barack Obama announced that Caterpillar had promised to rehire some of its laid-off workforce if his stimulus proposal passed. This week, the nation’s largest manufacturer of mining and construction equipment announced that it would be moving a factory from Canada to Indiana. In the process, it will create 450 new jobs in the state.

You’d think the president would be happy, but this is not quite what he had bargained for. Take note, Governor Snyder. Caterpillar’s move came almost immediately after Indiana passed a right-to-work law, which will make union dues voluntary in the state. Labor officials claim Right To Work will deplete union funds, making it much more difficult for them to organize factories.

Coincidence? Workers who were formerly employed at the London, Ontario factory have been locked out since the beginning of the year after their union refused to accept pay cuts which would have kept the operation profitable. As a result of Big Labor’s obstinance, these jobs have been permanently eliminated and the plant relocated. The work will now be done in Muncie, [Indiana].

Big business has already been fleeing Quinn’s state after he signed a massive 2011 tax hike. Illinois had been in the running for a new Caterpillar facility of its own, one that would bring a whopping 1,400 jobs to the area by relocating a factory currently operating in Japan.

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TOPICS: AMERICA - The Right Way!!; Business/Economy; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: corporate; illinois; incometax; quinn
UPDATE 1-Caterpillar selects Athens, Georgia, for new plant

Fri, Feb 17 2012

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc has picked a site near Athens, Georgia, for a plant that will build small tractors and excavators, investing $200 million to shift some production from Japan, the machinery maker said on Friday.

The facility will employ 1,400 people once it is fully operational in about five years. Construction will begin in the next 45 days.

Another 2,800 jobs will be created among suppliers and other employers, according to the company and Georgia state officials.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/17/caterpillar-idUSL2E8DH6PN20120217

1 posted on 02/18/2012 7:02:41 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

“Labor officials claim Right To Work will deplete union funds, making it much more difficult for them to organize factories. “

Duhhh,,,,,


2 posted on 02/18/2012 7:06:50 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: KeyLargo

Congrats, IN and GA!


3 posted on 02/18/2012 7:07:13 AM PST by txhurl
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To: KeyLargo

Interesting. So Caterpillar can move but Boeing can’t build a new factory in a right to work state?


4 posted on 02/18/2012 7:16:45 AM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: KeyLargo

Wonder if the NLRB is gonna let this happen. Remember what they did to Boeing when they moved their production plant. I can’t see them (NLRB) letting this stand without some kind of hassle.

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5 posted on 02/18/2012 7:17:22 AM PST by flatfish
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To: txhurl

Doug Oberhelman is chairman and CEO of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc.

Why job creators skip Illinois

By Doug Oberhelman

February 12, 2012

Caterpillar Inc. has deep roots in Illinois. Over the years we’ve employed tens of thousands of Illinoisans, including the 23,000 working here today. My roots in Illinois are also deep. I attended public schools here, went to college in Decatur and I’ve spent the bulk of my career in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois is Caterpillar’s home, and it is my home.

I’m pleased to be part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s new export council, which I hope will help Caterpillar and other Illinois companies increase exports, which support so many jobs.

Export demand played a huge role in Caterpillar’s 2011 decision to invest in two of our large Illinois factories, investments totaling $840 million. Sometimes exports drive investment decisions, other times it may be logistics.

More often, the issues I will outline below keep Caterpillar from investing in our home state.

Despite the fact that we announced plans for dozens of new factories in the last few years and our United States workforce increased by more than 14,500 in the past 10 years, we haven’t opened a new factory in Illinois in decades. Our Illinois workforce is at the same level it was 10 years ago. Caterpillar recently informed several Illinois communities that they are not in the running for a new factory we will build in the U.S., ultimately adding 1,400 jobs — work that’s now done in Japan. In that case, logistics was a key factor, but even if it were not the case, when Caterpillar and most other companies look to locate a new factory in the U.S., Illinois is not in the running.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

About 10 months ago I wrote a letter to Illinois political leaders expressing my hope that the state would undertake long-term, fundamental reforms so Illinois could compete for jobs and long-term business investment that drives growth.

To date, we haven’t seen much change......

Read at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-perspec-0212-caterpillar-20120212,0,7398791,print.story


6 posted on 02/18/2012 7:18:35 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: SkyDancer

It’s difficult to believe that Boeing’s HQ move from WA to Chicago was based on any valid business reasoning.


7 posted on 02/18/2012 7:20:03 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Boeing builds lots of things. They have space, military, commercial jets, etc. Their manufacturing plants are all over the US and overseas partners. Having their corporate HQ in Chicago made sense because it put it in the middle of the US where they were closer to their plants. Plus the time zone differences. Plant operations say in Georgia were closing at 5pm when it was 2pm in Seattle. So from a logistical position it was a smart move. And it only involved about 125 people in corporate. The Seattle Times made some big deal about Boeing moving when it was just the HQ. Hope this helped.


8 posted on 02/18/2012 7:25:16 AM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: KeyLargo

Related...

http://www.exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2012/02/caterpillar-wont-build-north-american.html


9 posted on 02/18/2012 7:30:33 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: KeyLargo

Great Job Caterpillqr!!!!!!


10 posted on 02/18/2012 7:32:47 AM PST by DungeonMaster (The bible says God made Obama president.)
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To: KeyLargo

Great Job Caterpillar!!!!!!


11 posted on 02/18/2012 7:34:14 AM PST by DungeonMaster (The bible says God made Obama president.)
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To: KeyLargo

President Barack Obama, left, is introduced by Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens at the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Doug Oberhelman Elected Chief Executive Officer And Caterpillar Board Member; Jim Owens Steps Down As CEO, Remains Chairman Through October 31

So, Owens bedded with dogs and the company woke up with fleas. Now the new CEO will not be invited to the White House.

12 posted on 02/18/2012 7:34:14 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: KeyLargo

Which city in Indiana is getting the new factory?


13 posted on 02/18/2012 7:45:27 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

The article refers to a new CAT plant in Muncie, Indiana in addition to the planned CAT plant in Athens, GA.

Progress Rail Announces Grand Opening of Muncie, Indiana Locomotive Assembly Operation

ALBERTVILLE, Ala., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Almost one year to the date of announcing its decision to locate a locomotive manufacturing facility in Muncie, Indiana, Progress Rail Services Corporation (PRSC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), officially opened its Muncie operation.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/progress-rail-announces-grand-opening-of-muncie-indiana-locomotive-assembly-operation-132773508.html


14 posted on 02/18/2012 7:55:55 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Looks like the fix is in for Daniels as our nominee.

Just kidding. I can’t stand Daniels because of the way he sold off his toll road (and his arrest) - but he did get this one right.


15 posted on 02/18/2012 7:58:59 AM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: KeyLargo
There's lots of room for Cat to expand around Muncie and the folks there will appreciate the jobs.
16 posted on 02/18/2012 8:01:51 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Kirkwood

The Canada union wouldn’t bargain for months, CAT locked them out on Jan 1, the union wouldn’t budge, and CAT closed the plant moving the work to Muncie, IN.

FWIW the Muncie wage rate is about half the union rate, $15/hr vs 30. Given the severity of the Baraqqi Depression, CAT is having no problem finding folks here in Indiana.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120203-709419.html


17 posted on 02/18/2012 8:03:15 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: flatfish
Wonder if the NLRB is gonna let this happen. Remember what they did to Boeing when they moved their production plant. I can’t see them (NLRB) letting this stand without some kind of hassle.

The NLRB will have a hard time stepping into the middle of this one, since Caterpillar is moving production from Canada and Japan to the United States. If it was from Illinois to Georgia, that'd be another story (and a pretty dark one at that..) Once those two other plants are up and running, Caterpillar can then increase production at those two facilities and decrease work in Illinois again without hassle, as it is simply 'balancing the workload' between plants.

I'm sure that the NLRB is fuming over this, of course, and I'll expect some job actions by big labor against Caterpillar while these two plants are under construction to try to strong arm the company into labor concessions and work guarantees for the Illinois factory with the NLRB's support.

In the long run, we need to remember that Obama's already got his campaign war chest, strangling the economy coming into the fall elections will serve to starve his opposition from being able to amass money as well. Right now, they're happy as clams to have massive amounts of money being spent by Romney to try to float his way to the nomination, and wish that he had stronger competition to drain even more money away from the eventual Republican nominee.

18 posted on 02/18/2012 8:38:50 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Paladin2
It’s difficult to believe that Boeing’s HQ move from WA to Chicago was based on any valid business reasoning.

Maybe they were trying to send a message to the Washington State jamokes that think businesses are there for government and labor unions to pilfer?

19 posted on 02/18/2012 8:48:04 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: KeyLargo
Caterpillar recently informed several Illinois communities that they are not in the running for a new factory we will build in the U.S., ultimately adding 1,400 jobs — work that’s now done in Japan.

Unless something has changed since midweek, Wilmington NC is in a strong position to land that one, with a decent underutilized, nonunion port nearby. There's also a big Caterpillar plant under construction right now, between Greensboro and Winston-Salem in Kernersville, NC.

20 posted on 02/18/2012 8:48:59 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Calvin Locke
Maybe they were trying to send a message to the Washington State jamokes that think businesses are there for government and labor unions to pilfer?

There are several centrally located cities with large airports in right-to-work states that would have sent a better one.

21 posted on 02/18/2012 8:51:19 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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22 posted on 02/18/2012 8:58:20 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: RegulatorCountry
True, but Chicago does have a higher "cultural appeal" than most other places, Crook County, and talk-show drivel notwithstanding.

When IL decided to tax itself into misery, I thought Boeing might regret its choice of HQ, but then I remembered Obama...

IL would not have been my first choice if taxes were a consideration, even before they raised them.

23 posted on 02/18/2012 9:19:38 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke
"Maybe they were trying to send a message to the Washington State jamokes that think businesses are there for government and labor unions to pilfer? "

Then why move to Illinois, much less Chicago? They wanted to be in an expensive, corrupt gun free zone?

24 posted on 02/18/2012 9:20:50 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yes something changed. They announced the site in Athens, GA. for the plant, as the article says.


25 posted on 02/18/2012 9:22:29 AM PST by bfree (The revolution is coming - OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: bfree

Different plant, by my reading. Athens, GA 4,200 employees. The one Wilmington, NC is or was in the running to land, 1,400 employees, for manufacturing formerly done in Japan. Sounded like two different proposals to me, maybe I’m mistaken.


26 posted on 02/18/2012 9:29:09 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Calvin Locke

Egos have gotten so fragile in the executive suite that they demand a “world class” city for their edification and entertainment. Such cities are nearly all under leftist control. I still recall F. Ross Johnson rolling into town here and ripping RJR-Nabisco up by the roots because his wife thought Winston-Salem was too bucolic. That, after building the most ridiculous Disney-esque mansion on one of the best, old streets in the best part of town. It still looks like an overblown gift shop in some tourist trap town, imho. Seashells embedded in the stucco, all sorts of frippery and kitkat. No accounting for taste, I guess, no matter what the wherewithal.


27 posted on 02/18/2012 9:34:34 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: KeyLargo
I said here about a week ago between the 2 Nuke Plants being OK'd and the Dredging of the Savannah Port for Deep Water Vessels, Georgia is going to be the place to be for business in the next 5 to 10 years.

For Cat, low cost 24/7 electricity and a deep water port to ship these smaller tractors etc from.

I know a fireman from "Detwaa" who is looking outside of MI for jobs, as many states are willing to take them because they are highly trained given all the fires they put out. Georgia maybe gentle on the Fireman's mind....

28 posted on 02/18/2012 9:42:45 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: BobL

At least get your facts straight. The toll road was not sold it was leased for 99 years with a lot of strings attached for over $3B dollars. Money that has been used to fund highway projects around the State, employing hundreds if not thousands of people in good high paying jobs. For the first time in decades the toll road itself is being upgraded at no expense to the taxpayers of Indiana.


29 posted on 02/18/2012 11:23:42 AM PST by redangus
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To: Paladin2
The valid business reasoning for the Boeing Corporate move from Washington to Chicago, IL was due to its CEO, Harry Stonecipher. Harry wanted to be near his daughter who lived in Chicago and he didn't like the four hour trips each way on the company jet. He got the Boeing Board to authorize the move.

Stonecipher retired from Boeing in 2002, but was hired back by the BoD when President Phil Condit left the company. When word of an affair between Stonecipher and a married 45-year old VP surfaced in 2005, the Boeing BoD asked for and received his resignation. Stonecipher’s wife of 50 years, Joan, filed for divorce shortly after the affair was made public. The female VP was fired and her husband subsequently filed for divorce. The former Mrs. Stonecipher got 50 percent of Harry's pension, perks, and property in the divorce. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Stonecipher

30 posted on 02/18/2012 10:58:44 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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