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Old 04-29-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:49 PM
 
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Sad news for the Greenville area.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Not surprising. Rumors have been going around a while now for this to happen.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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Was going to post this earlier, but I figured someone would beat me to it. I do work there. It wasn't a huge surprise, but still very disappointing.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:11 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Who intends to continue patronizing Caterpillar after relocating operations outside South Carolina? If their competitors have operations in South Carolina, I would greatly patronize them.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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Who intends to continue patronizing Caterpillar after relocating operations outside South Carolina? If their competitors have operations in South Carolina, I would greatly patronize them.
Caterpillar doesn't make your normal consumer applications so I don't think they would be harmed a whole lot if we stop supporting a product we don't normally buy in the first place.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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Caterpillar doesn't make your normal consumer applications so I don't think they would be harmed a whole lot if we stop supporting a product we don't normally buy in the first place.
Caterpillar sells a lot of smaller, building construction products, not to mention oodles of workboots, shoes, gloves, clothing, toys, even cell phones.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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Why did they decide to relocate? It is not clear. Tax gimmes? Certainly not required wages and benefits; I am sure SC is no more progressive than Texas.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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Why did they decide to relocate? It is not clear. Tax gimmes? Certainly not required wages and benefits; I am sure SC is no more progressive than Texas.
They already were building similar engines in Texas and Georgia. They decided to move all of production to those places to save money.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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Caterpillar sells a lot of smaller, building construction products, not to mention oodles of workboots, shoes, gloves, clothing, toys, even cell phones.
Certainly not their core business, I doubt if the profit margins are that high on these accessories for anyone from the Greenville area to make a dent.

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Why did they decide to relocate? It is not clear. Tax gimmes? Certainly not required wages and benefits; I am sure SC is no more progressive than Texas.
Fountain Inn is already reaching out to other industry to take its spot. I can see a supplier to BMW being interested, especially with the tax advantages.
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