A Technical College Makes the Difference for Manufacturer

From President Obama’s remarks at Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, N.C., on Monday:

[A] national leader in bioscience and innovation, North Carolina is now the country’s third largest employer in biotechnology.  (Applause.)  And when Caterpillar recently decided to build a plant in this community, they told President Green one of the main reasons was “…they were convinced that Forsyth Tech had the capability of providing them with the technical workforce that they need.”  (Applause.) 

That’s something everybody in this room should be very proud of.  And I know that business leaders from throughout the community have worked intensively with President Green and others to help make this happen.  And I know that your congressional delegation, as well as your governor, have worked hard to make this happen.     

Now, none of this progress happened by itself.  It happened thanks to the hard work of students here at Forsyth, the commitment of local leaders, foresight of local business leaders — most importantly, it happened because there was a decision made to invest in the collective future of this community.  It happened because there was a decision to invest in this college, and there were loans and scholarships that made it affordable to go here. 

WFMY-2 TV, July 29, 2010, “Caterpillar Chooses Winston-Salem For New Plant

Winston-Salem, NC– Caterpillar has decided it will put its new plant in Winston-Salem.

Thursday afternoon WFMY News 2 spoke with Forsyth County Commissioner Beaufort Bailey who confirmed that it is indeed Caterpillar.

When asked why Caterpillar chose Winston-Salem, Bailey said he thinks Forsyth Technical Community College was the deal sealer. Bailey said with South Carolina and Alabama offering similar incentive packages that Winston-Salem and Forsyth County offered, he really thinks that the company saw Forsyth Tech as a the difference. He said Forsyth Tech will be able to turn out workers quickly and the schools offers a large menu of programs.

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