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Caterpillar Facility To Be Smaller Than Originally Announced, Preliminary Site Plans Filed in Oconee County Show

The Caterpillar facility now under construction on the Atlanta Highway will consist of a 815,851 square-foot set of buildings providing warehouse, assembly, fabrication and office space.

The Caterpillar facility on the Atlanta Highway will consist of a 815,851 square-foot set of buildings providing warehouse, assembly, fabrication and office space, according to the overall site layout plans submitted to the Oconee County Code Enforcement Office.

The facility is more than 300,000 square feet smaller than was proposed in preliminary plans submitted to the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission in late February.

Oconee County Economic Development Director Rusty Haygood said he did not believe the change was significant.

Haygood, who has been credited with being instrumental in bringing Caterpillar to the area, said Caterpillar decreased the size of the building to stay within its budget on the project.

“There is no scaling back,” Haygood said.

The site layout plans even now are very tentative, according to Russ Henson, building inspector in Oconee County.

Henson said he asked Caterpillar to provide him the site plans so he can better understand the foundation plans, which are under review in his office.

For additional information on the plans submitted to Henson, go to Oconee County Observations.

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