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Neighbors near proposed Caterpillar plant ready for company to decide

Jul, 13 2010

Project Could Revive Stalled Shopping Center Project

(Forsyth County, North Carolina) -- Larry Mills and his wife just moved into their home off Union Cross Road in Forsyth County a week ago. He said Monday he likes the idea of Caterpillar becoming his new neighbor.

"Caterpillar is a good company," he said. "They'll bring some good wages and employment to the area."

Caterpillar Inc. is considering the site off Union Cross for a new plant -- North Carolina is one of three states vying for the plant.

Forsyth County has put together an incentives package offering the company millions to locate here. County leaders were holding a public hearing Monday evening to discuss the project.

Charles Roberts, who lives on Glen View Drive, called the timing of the project ideal.

"The timing is real good if Dell has to go, then maybe this will help some of the people that are unemployed right now," Roberts said.

Dell announced last year it was closing its Forsyth County manufacturing plant after only four years in operating. Recouped incentives dollars that had gone to Dell are now being used to lure Caterpillar.

Another neighbor near the proposed plant said she's worried about the area becoming too urban.

Already there's a plan for a shopping center at the corner of Union Cross Road and Glen Hi Road that had been planned for construction when Dell broke ground. That site remains abandoned, but the developer said Monday he hopes a big name company like Caterpillar could get the stalled project up and running.


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