Skeletons in Caterpillar's Closet

The Express-News reported last week on how Caterpillar Inc. has decided to build their new $170 million engine-manufacturing plant in nearby Seguin, which will employ more than 1,400 people.

“It's wonderful news,” Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies said in the story. “By a large margin, it is the biggest incentive package we have ever put together. It's a boost for the whole region, San Marcos, New Braunfels â?? their work force will come from the whole area. It's big and I'm so proud to be a part of it.”

The story also reported that Gov. Rick Perry's office announced it's putting up $10 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to sweeten the deal. “This investment in Caterpillar will not only create high-paying jobs for Texans, but will strengthen our state's overall economic situation,” Perry said in a statement.

Caterpillar calls itself "the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines." But how proud should South Texas be to host a company that is being sued by the parents of activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 when she was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she attempted to protest the Israeli bull-dozing of Palestinian homes? The Express-News coverage had nary a mention of this skeleton in Caterpillar's closet.

For more on the lawsuit, see:

Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Caterpillar, Inc.

Family of Rachel Corrie Charges Bulldozer Manufacturer Knowingly Sold Machines Used to Violate Human Rights

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