Friday, May 25, 2012

Caterpillar’s Impact Hard To Know Until Suppliers Identified, According To Oconee County Development Head

Location Minimizes Traffic

Caterpillar will bring about 150 people from outside the area to work at the manufacturing plant and distribution center on the edge of Bogart, but those people are unlikely to all settle in Oconee County.

The plant is located at a nearly ideal location in terms of transportation, and it is unlikely to have a significant impact on traffic congestion in the area.

The major impact of the project will come when suppliers also move to the area, but, at present, it is “too early to tell” how many such suppliers will relocate here.

These were some of the comments Oconee County Economic Development Director Rusty Haygood made to members of the Citizen Advisory Committee on Land Use and Transportation Planning at its meeting on May 15.