Caterpillar’s announcement that it plans to move its global headquarters from Illinois to an existing office in Texas was greeted with concern and dismay in Illinois.
“Caterpillar’s surprise decision to move its headquarters from Illinois after nearly 100 years is extremely disappointing. While in terms of jobs impact for Illinois, this transition will only directly affect about 1.5 percent of Illinois’ 17,000 Caterpillar employees, we will do everything we can to encourage Caterpillar to not only preserve these jobs, but also follow through on its promise to continue hiring even more Illinoisans in the weeks and months to come, including meeting its 500 hire goal in Decatur and to grow the number of jobs in downstate Illinois.”
“Caterpillar’s global headquarters relocation is a major win for the people of North Texas and the entire state, now making Texas home to 54 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. I am proud to welcome Caterpillar’s headquarters to Texas and am excited for the economic opportunities this will create for Texans. Businesses of all sizes and people from all backgrounds can grow and succeed in the Lone Star State because we champion a world-class economic environment fueled by the lowest business operating costs in the nation, a reasonable regulatory environment, and a lower cost of living coupled with an exceptional quality of life.”
“Caterpillar continues to have a significant presence in Peoria as an employer and as a civic and philanthropic leader. We wish them well with this move and will continue to support their employees and team members here in Peoria.”
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker asserted that despite Caterpillar’s move, Illinois has become a leader in attracting small and large corporations. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to driving job growth throughout the state.
“It’s disappointing to see Caterpillar move their 240 headquarters employees out of Deerfield over the next several years when so many companies are coming in,” Pritzker said. “We will continue to support the 17,400 Illinoisans who work for the company in East Peoria, Mapleton, Mossville, Pontiac and Decatur – which remains Caterpillar’s largest manufacturing plant in North America.”
Esther Joy King, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, which includes parts of Peoria, issued the following tweet:
“Incredibly disappointing, but unfortunately, not surprising. They are going where people are moving and that is, unfortunately, not Illinois. We have a chance to change this trajectory in November.”
Of course, politicians were not the only people with something to say about Caterpillar headquarters leaving Illinois. The Journal Star’s story drew hundreds of comments on Facebook.
“CAT is an iconic Illinois company,” Moore said in his tweet. “This, at the very least, will be a blow to the state’s psyche — even if the largest concentration of employees continue to be based here.”
source: Peoria Journal Star