Italian company commits to $114 million investment in Brownsville

May 10, 2016 798

Project Sizzle almost fizzled. That's how Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. described the effort to lure the big-time Italian machining operation at a Wednesday news conference announcing SATA USA's arrival in Brownsville.

"Project Sizzle" was the code name the Brownsville Economic Development Council used during nearly four years of secret negotiations with the SATA Group, which makes parts for heavy equipment makers Caterpillar and John Deere as well as auto manufacturers such as GM and Fiat-Chrysler Automotive.

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