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  • Like I said, I think it great Caterpillar wants to build here. The only down fall to that is your going to have a UNION company here in town now. So, with that said, who do you think is going o get the jobs first? Victorians, or the laid off union workers that up around the Dallas/ Fortworth area. Thats the thing about a large Union organized company, the Union workers get the jobs before the locals do. I will be very surprised if Victorians get a third of the jobs that will be created with Caterpillar coming to town. Thats the part that im sure Caterpillar did not tell the VEDC, and or VEDC has not told Victorians about.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:06 a.m.
  • Come on folks, this is a major investment by a major american company in victoria, a good company at that. This is not bad or risky for the victoria taxpayer. People are losing their jobs all around us.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:50 p.m.
  • If you people are so sick and tired of Victoria, then leave. It seems when the politicians do something right you are negative. You are never happy. Maybe you need to take a happy pill.

    August 18, 2010 at 8:24 p.m.
  • Ok, I have seen enough about this story, and the plant won’t even been ready until mid 2012. Also, it was not all Victoria that made this possible, the state of TEXAS offered 1.18 million in TAX INCINTIVES for them to build in TEXAS. Please dont git me wrong I think its great they will be building the plant here, but make sure you tell the whole truth VECD it was not all you or Victorians.

    August 18, 2010 at 3:38 p.m.
  • Here's my effort: http://imgur.com/HxdEQ

    August 18, 2010 at 2:37 p.m.
  • yea its definately a good thing,maybe they can clean up this corrupt city,once they find out that this city is chit rapped up in christmass paper,so all u city crooks beware cause these cats will have the money to take you to the cleaners,man its going to be a good show

    August 18, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.
  • @ roberttx-Scheduled groundbreaking for 600,000 sq ft facility is September 2010 with production beginning in mid 2012.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
  • Pilot....big pat on your back for hitting the nail on the head there, everyone knows that the good ole boys are sitting back, back slapping, smoking cigars at the club, enough said on that...

    Holly...let's not try to put the cart before the horse here...

    This is a fantastic thing for CAT to come to Victoria and of course everyone knows this will now grow Victoria, hopefully on the airport/East HS side of town where all of this will take place.
    We SO need things out there, like fast food and better choice of gas stations and everyone NOW is sure this will happen. Growth is sometimes in small steps, not giant leaps. Let's all be grateful for some fabulous employment coming to our area!!

    August 18, 2010 at 8:22 a.m.
  • What is an $80,000,000 tax cap? The article is vague about it being actually part of the deal or just bandied about.
    Patrick Barnes

    August 18, 2010 at 7:24 a.m.
  • Does it really matter how many came to visit Victoria or not? What does matter is what is happening now. Cat is coming to town. That is a big deal to the community. I agree with Holly1 on the planning part. We did not have what some wanted so they went somewhere else. We do need to plan for more businesses to move to Victoria. This deal took a lot of work to complete. Cat is advertising on their web site that the plant will be built here so I believe it is coming. I await the outcome of the impact to the community over the next few years.

    August 18, 2010 at 6:44 a.m.
  • when is the scheduled ground breaking ?

    August 18, 2010 at 12:45 a.m.
  • Good point Edithann

    Those 13-15 would also have been welcomed additions to victoria. What was their reasons to not locate here???? Maybe the TAX rates or lack of things to do here??? Or the few powerful people that stood in the way of growth for YEARS here in victoria that caused them to go elsewhere???

    By attracting more businesses to come here we gain a new source of revenue, even though at a highly abated level,added to our tax base and job market.

    If we wish to continue this trend we must plan for future electric needs as well as water and public works to support that growth. This planning should start now so we do not end up with a mess like the sewer plant project.

    Plan now for future need for new roads and utilities, more housing, new college and university expansion and at some future date more schools for the new families that will be employed by the incoming businesses.

    Another loop will be needed beyond the airport. Or another industrial park project to draw new investments in this area.

    By starting to design a workable plan now in another 10 years we will already be well on the way to making it a reality. By investing small amounts now with that goal in mind it will also spread out the costs over longer time spans easing the burden that would result if we wait until the last minute and blindly try to come up with a workable idea.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
  • This is a big deal and appropriately newsworthy.

    For just a few days it is good to read about something other than fires, collisions, murder/suicides and layoffs.

    I'm sure your regular program will be available soon.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.
  • "Since then, about 60 large companies have considered calling Victoria home, said Dale Fowler, president of the Victoria Economic Development Corp.

    Of those, between 13 and 15 made their way to Victoria to visit the land and community."

    As to the 45-47 who never bothered to visit, I think it is misleading to even mention them.

    As to the 13-15 that did visit, what were the reasons they didn't find Victoria to their liking?

    Or were they discouraged from further consideration because Dale Fowler was waiting on the 'big one'?


    August 17, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.
  • I believe the deal is sealed on this one. This is from the Corporate Press Releases page of Caterpillar's website:

    http://www.cat.com/cda/files/2432949/...

    August 17, 2010 at 7:32 p.m.