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York Co. business community braces for possible Caterpillar closure

Written by Megan Lello and Craig Layne | Feb 25, 2013 2:55 PM

(York) -- York County is bracing for the potential loss of a longtime staple of its business community next year.

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Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar could close its Springettsbury Township facility, which employs 250 people, and move elsewhere.

Bob Jensenius, vice president of the York County Economic Alliance, says the company's had a presence in the county for nearly 60 years.

He says there's a real benefit to keeping the plant in central Pennsylvania. "We offer, I think, a better workforce at a lower cost of living, so I think there are really great advantages to this area. When you look at York County, we're squarely in the crosshairs of [Interstate] 83 and Route 30."

Jensenius says a quick shutdown of the plant could be tougher on workers and the county's economy than a phased-out process.

Caterpillar says it notified employees about the potential move last September and expects to make a final decision by next month.

The organization also shuttered its bigger manufacturing operations in the county in the late 1990s, which cut more than 1,000 jobs.

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