Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois’ business climate was not a factor in Caterpillar’s decision not to build a new plant in the state. Peoria-based Caterpillar says it ruled out relocating a plant from Japan and building a new one in Illinois because of logistical problems and ongoing concerns about the state’s business climate.
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Quinn, appearing Thursday in Champaign, says Caterpillar said it needed a deep-sea port for the types of machines and vehicles it will make at the new factory, something he says Illinois cannot provide. There were nearly a dozen locations in Illinois that were vying for the new plant, which will create 1,400 jobs. Caterpillar has said it will pick a location by April 1.