North Georgia steel fabricator to add jobs

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Caterpillar signed a deal with Dawson County steel fabricator Impulse Manufacturing that will add 150 jobs to the facility over three years.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Caterpillar signed a deal with Dawson County steel fabricator Impulse Manufacturing that will add 150 jobs to the facility over three years.

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A steel fabricator plans to add more than 150 jobs over the next three years at its Dawson County plant to supply parts for a new Caterpillar production facility near Athens, executives said.

The Times of Gainesville reported that Im­pulse Manufacturing will produce parts for several small excavators that will be made at the new Caterpillar plant.

The parts will be shipped by truck each day to the Caterpillar plant, where they will be assembled.

Karl Baysden, Impulse’s director of sales and marketing, said the company was chosen after a nationwide search for fabricators as a supply source by Cater­pillar.

“The business awarded to Impulse is important to our local community,” he said. “It means more jobs for Dawson­ville and a shot in the arm to (the) north Georgia economy.”

Impulse invested several million dollars in manufacturing equipment in 2012 and plans to call for further investment over the next 18 months, Baysden said.

“We believe that our ongoing investments in technology, our continuous improvement programs and our active quality management systems are primary reasons Caterpillar chose to add Impulse Manufacturing to their supply base,” he said.

Charlie Auvermann, the executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, called the announcement another example of the
community’s ability to attract new business.

“Even within the last few days we had calls from people wanting to take a look at Dawson County,” he said.

The 850,000-square-foot Caterpillar plant is expected to directly employ 1,400 workers when fully operational.


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