Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), which is studying where to build a factory in North America, is disappointed with the Illinois legislature’s failure this week to pass a research and development tax credit.
“The failure in Springfield to pass that R&D tax credit and other provisions is a disappointment to us,” Jim Dugan, spokesman for the Peoria, Illinois-based company, said in an interview today. It’s an “example of what’s wrong in this state,” he said.
Caterpillar, the world’s largest construction and mining- equipment maker, is studying where to construct a factory for small tractors and mini-hydraulic excavators. The company has been courted by more than a dozen U.S. states, including Illinois, along with Canada and Mexico, about the factory, Dugan said.
“The tax credit is not tied to the decision-making process for the factory coming to North America,” said Dugan.
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