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Monday, January 7, 2013 - 3:03am

Caterpillar Credited For Drawing New Firm

Updated: 1 year ago.
A new Caterpillar plant in Athens is being credited for attracting another firm to nearby Watkinsville. The city’s mayor said he hopes Industrial Finishing Specialists will be the first of other business attracted to the area by Caterpillar's expansion. (Photo Courtesy of Alex de Carvalho via Flickr.)

A new Caterpillar plant in Athens is being credited for attracting another firm to nearby Watkinsville.

Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie said Industrial Finishing Specialists of Sanford, N.C., will open a satellite location in the town. The metal-cleaning business plans on making the new Caterpillar plant a primary customer.

The company uses a high-heat process to clean organic materials from metal while air-blown sand strips off paint.

Ivie said he hopes Industrial Finishing Specialists will be the first of other business attracted to the area by Caterpillar's expansion.