Caterpillar News: Stock Bounces, Broun Takes Credit for Athens-Oconee Deal

As citizens await the Athens-Oconee Caterpillar plant, incumbent Rep. Paul Broun uses the economic development deal as a campaign talking point.

Caterpillar, which announced in February on the Athens-Oconee line, has seen a bump in stock value in the past couple of days as the overall market has risen. The increase stopped a slide that has been blamed for a chunk of the Dow Jones' recent downturn.

Caterpillar's stock increase was attributed partly to China, which lowered its benchmark lending rate in an effort to bolster its economy, helping boost the Dow Jones by more than 300 points over two days.

Caterpillar's stock increase also reflects the company's recent decision to buy ERA Mining Machinery Limited. ERA designs and sells coal mining equipment throughout China.

Caterpillar executives have said that the U.S. coal-mining industry is slowing and demand for natural gas is on the rise. The company's statement reflects not only Caterpillar's decision to profit from coal business in China, but also its partnership with Westport Innovations, . 

Domestically, the company has received some criticism for its treatment of employees. In Joliet, Ill., Caterpillar union workers are striking due to what they call a lack of living wage and decreasing starting pay for new hires. 

Closer to home, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) has taken partial credit for the upcoming Athens-Oconee plant as part of his reelection campaign, the Walton Tribune reports. Broun has stated that his work in bringing Caterpillar to Georgia is part of his broader work to increase jobs in the state.

What are your latest thoughts on Caterpillar? Will the upcoming plant increase Rep. Broun's chance at reelection?

Debbie Williams Rogero June 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
“I was privileged to initiate the process of Caterpillar moving to Clarke and Oconee counties by touting the benefits that our state has to offer and connecting them with our governor’s office,” Broun said. “This is something that I do every time I have the opportunity to meet with company representatives.” How is this taking partial credit for the deal? All he has expressed in this quote is the fact the he is a good salesman for Clarke/Oconee. Isn't that a positive attribute?
Xardox June 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
It is common that the buying company's stock falls due to expense and the bought company's stock rises due to profit. That CAT has rebounded so well points to its strength. Partial credit appropriately belongs to Dr. Broun as well as to many others who cheerleaded the process, who have all been seen patting themselves on the back.


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