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|Caterpillar's CEO and Galesburg's Mayor Meet for First Time
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 4/2/12 Nearly two months after Caterpillar announced Illinois wasn't landing a new manufacturing plant, CAT's CEO met for the first time the mayor who gave a whirl of an effort to lure over one thousand jobs to this area.
Doug Oberhelman delivered the Wendell Whiteman Memorial Lecture Monday at Monmouth College. Afterward, he had a chance to meet Galesburg's Mayor Sal Garza.
"He was very positive about CAT, very open for business, very aggressive about Galesburg, and I give him credit for that," Oberhelman said.
Garza spearheaded Galesburg's play for a CAT plant earlier this year-- a full page ad was even purchased in a Peoria newspaper as a letter of appreciation and invitation.
Garza tells WGIL he hopes to continue to discuss with Oberhelman the possibilities for CAT in the region.
"He did mention it in his lecture, and that is what's good for Peoria would be good for Galesburg or Monmouth, so really the regional approach, (and) at the same time, keeping that competitive edge," Garza said. "Some of what they do, and some of their facilities and product lines, might be better suited for a Monmouth or Galesburg location."
As for the state's current fiscal crisis, Oberhelman says it's reflective of thirty years of poor political leadership.
Oberhelman lectured on business and industry Monday, twenty years after Monmouth College's first Whiteman lecturer, former CAT CEO Lee Morgan.
(Caterpillar, Inc. Doug Oberhelman visits with Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza and 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt following his lecture Monday at Monmouth College's Dahl Chapel; WGIL Photo and News Story by Kyle Schassburger).
|04 02 12 by Newsroom
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