Gov. Mike Beebe says Fort Smith has a shot at landing a 1,400-employee Caterpillar plant, maybe at the emptying Whirlpool facility in a city with a lot of skilled factory laborers anxious to be retrained. Caterpillar likes our right to work law, low wages and free hand with government payments.
The City Wire reports this and other news from Beebe's web-streamed interview with Talk Business.
Here's a taste of Caterpillar and unions and pay.