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Skeletons in Caterpillar's Closet

The Express-News reported last week on how Caterpillar Inc. has decided to build their new $170 million engine-manufacturing plant in nearby Seguin, which will employ more than 1,400 people.

“It's wonderful news,” Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies said in the story. “By a large margin, it is the biggest incentive package we have ever put together. It's a boost for the whole region, San Marcos, New Braunfels — their work force will come from the whole area. It's big and I'm so proud to be a part of it.”

The story also reported that Gov. Rick Perry's office announced it's putting up $10 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to sweeten the deal. “This investment in Caterpillar will not only create high-paying jobs for Texans, but will strengthen our state's overall economic situation,” Perry said in a statement.

Caterpillar calls itself "the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines." But how proud should South Texas be to host a company that is being sued by the parents of activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 when she was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she attempted to protest the Israeli bull-dozing of Palestinian homes? The Express-News coverage had nary a mention of this skeleton in Caterpillar's closet.

For more on the lawsuit, see:

Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Caterpillar, Inc.
Family of Rachel Corrie Charges Bulldozer Manufacturer Knowingly Sold Machines Used to Violate Human Rights


Posted by Gschwartz on 12/23/2008 6:28:32 PM
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