Peoria, IL…State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) joined in a chorus of community leaders and state business leaders in lauding Caterpillar’s announcement to build and expand their new world headquarters corporate campus in Downtown Peoria on Friday.
The decision to build their new headquarters was announced on Friday at the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center by Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman before a crowd of federal, state and local dignitaries and leaders. Caterpillar’s new corporate campus will be built in a largely expanded footprint extending several blocks around Caterpillar’ current headquarters. The plan is for a new three tower building on a downtown campus that will be over 31 acres of Downtown Peoria along the Illinois River.
“We’re here in Peoria to stay. Our long-term future is here,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman in announcing the new headquarters campus.
“This is the biggest economic development project in Central Illinois in my lifetime,” said Rep. Unes from Downtown Peoria on Friday. “Caterpillar has re-committed itself to our region and the economic development implications will be long-lasting and far reaching,” Rep. Unes continued.
“Our whole region is deeply appreciative of Caterpillar’s commitment to Central Illinois, where the company’s roots run so deep and are so intertwined with the lives and livelihoods of area families. This is not only a bright day for our region’s future, but also a very fitting tribute to those workers who spent their lives’ work dedicated to growing the heavy equipment tractor company,” said Rep. Unes.
For more information on this or any other state issues, contact Rep. Unes’ Pekin District Office at 309-620-8631.