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Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host workplace readiness forum

August 14, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins
O: 229-434-0044
E: rhawkins@choosealbany.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 14, 2018

ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on workplace readiness on Wednesday, August 29, focusing in on soft skills training and employer expectations.

Presentations will come from Connie Smith, director of the Georgia Department of Labor’s “GeorgiaBEST” (Business Employability Skills Training) program, Terrence Wilson of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and Benny Hand from Dougherty County’s “All-In” campaign for education, an initiative of the Georgia Appleseed Center. All three organizations serve a mission of preparing students and job candidates for the workplace.

“Albany’s competitiveness as a business destination depends on the readiness of its workforce, both in terms of soft skills and hard skills, and that readiness begins early in life – at home, in the schools and through extracurricular activities,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.“  The Department of Labor’s GeorgiaBEST Program and the All-In initiative of Georgia Appleseed are two programs working to ensure that our young people are set for success before they enter the workforce.”

The event will offer advice on how job candidates can become more prepared for the workplace, and will explain what the presenting organizations are doing to address workplace readiness trends in Dougherty County and across the state of Georgia such as soft skills training, encouragement of educational achievement and increasing preparedness on employer expectations.

The August 29 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the event.

The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development designed to increase public awareness of matters relating to economic development or economic impact in our community.

For more information, please call (229) 434-0044 or visit the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission at facebook.com/choosealbany.

 

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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Georgia-Pacific announce state-of-the-art lumber production facility; $150 million plant to create more than 130 jobs

July 30, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

July 31, 2018

 

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, together with Georgia-Pacific and the state of Georgia, today announced Albany-Dougherty County as the site of a new, state-of-the-art lumber production facility to be located at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction on the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“Georgia-Pacific choosing to locate its newest modern lumber production facility here showcases that advanced manufacturing works in Southwest Georgia. This plant will create significant investment and for our community and jobs for our residents,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We are proud that Georgia-Pacific lumber will soon be on the extensive list of quality products that are made in Albany-Dougherty County.”

Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based company, currently operates 18 facilities in the state, including a corrugated box plant located in Albany since 1981.

“We are proud that Georgia-Pacific will expand upon its significant presence in Georgia,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “As one of the nation’s most successful brands, Georgia-Pacific recognizes the benefits of operating in the top state for business. From our highway system that allows trucks to reach 80 percent of the U.S. market in two days to our existing workforce trained for this industry, Georgia offers a wealth of resources to help Georgia-Pacific reach its goals with this new facility. We value Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to creating quality jobs in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

According to Dr. Wes Clarke, at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the lumber production facility will support about 340 total jobs in the state, in addition to the 130 full time jobs at the facility.

Operations will support another 100 jobs in the Albany area and more than 100 elsewhere in the state either indirectly or through an induced effect. The capital investment in Dougherty County will support approximately 440 full time jobs in the state during construction including construction workers, associated trades, and jobs at suppliers providing materials for the project.

“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Team Director Wylly Harrison represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

“We are excited that Georgia-Pacific chose Dougherty County to expand its footprint,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia-Pacific’s impact in our state is significant, and I commend them for their exceptional growth creating thousands of jobs for our citizens and investing millions in our communities.”

Currently, there are more than 7,200 Georgia-Pacific employees at 18 facilities in Georgia that represent an additional 21,500 indirect jobs. Since 2012 Georgia-Pacific has invested approximately $1 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.

“We have been thrilled to support and work on this project which will serve to expand Georgia-Pacific’s footprint and connect our citizens to quality jobs that pay a quality wage.  This operation is a great fit for Albany-Dougherty County, as it will capitalize on our assets in transportation infrastructure, natural resources and workforce readiness,” said Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman.

“The location of this project in Albany-Dougherty County is a huge win for our community,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. ”Georgia-Pacific has been a great corporate citizen in Albany through it’s corrugated box plant for many years, and we look forward to further expanding our relationship with them through the new lumber plant.”

 

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

About Georgia-Pacific

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its GP Harmon Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal and

 


WebstaurantStore expands in Albany

June 6, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

WebstaurantStore Contact: Caleb Clugston
Director of Operations
WebstaurantStore
cclugston@webstaurantstore.com 
717.371.0344

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2018

 

Albany, Ga. – WebstaurantStore, along with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, today announced the industry’s expansion of its Albany distribution center though the addition of 40 new jobs along with significant pay scale increases.

The industry will be hiring order packers and shipping and receiving material handlers with starting wages of $14 – $18.75 per hour and the earning potential of more than $20 per hour after five years, in all positions.

WebstaurantStore, an online restaurant and kitchen supply retailer, has been located in Albany since 2015, when it announced the community’s selection as the home of its southeastern distribution and customer solutions centers.

The 40 new associates will bring Webstaurant to an approximate total of 230employees at the Albany location.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand here in Albany through the addition of 40 new employees, while also increasing our wages,” said Webstaurant Director of Operations Caleb Clugston. ”Our success here at the Albany distribution center is a direct result of focusing on our workplace culture and making sure that we are retaining those employees that meet our culture expectations. We are committed to creating a defined career path within our Albany distribution center.”

In addition to its distribution operations, Webstaurant also maintains a customer solutions center in Albany which works to address the various needs of the company’s global clientele.

“WebstaurantStore is a great business that we’re proud to have worked with to recruit to our community. They located multiples lines of operations here in 2015, employing more than 200 people at their distribution and customer solutions centers,” said Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland. “Now, just three years later, we’re proud to see this industry already expanding as a result of its success. They truly are a testament that business thrives in Albany-Dougherty County.”

The application process is now open and interested candidates may apply online at  https://www.webstaurantstore.com/careers/.

 

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.


Coats & Clark holds grand reopening and ribbon cutting of North American distribution center

June 1, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

Coats & Clark Contact: Scott Rohaley
Vice President of Logistics & Planning
Coats Crafts North America
scott.rohaley@coats.com

For Immediate Release

June 4, 2018

 

Albany, Ga. – Coats & Clark, together with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, today celebrated the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of its newly rebuilt North American distribution center in Albany, Georgia.

The original distribution center, located at 601 Holly Drive in Albany, was devastated by the tornado of January 22, 2017. After a competitive search which vetted several other states in the southeast, and through partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), Coats & Clark decided to locate its new distribution center on the same site as the original structure.

“Coats & Clark is proud to be able to continue our presence in Albany-Dougherty County, where we have enjoyed success for the last 71 years,” said President, North America Crafts, Stephanie Leichtweis, “Having both our manufacturing and distribution facilities located together in Albany enables us to effectively serve our consumers across the Americas through the production and transportation of quality products.”

The new distribution center stands at 370,000 square feet and has helped to secure more than 300 jobs in Albany-Dougherty County.

“Being able to keep Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center in our community, and in close proximity to its manufacturing facility, is a huge win for both Coats & Clark and Albany-Dougherty County. We look forward to strengthening this company’s legacy in Albany-Dougherty County and to continuing the partnership we have enjoyed with Coats for many years,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland.

Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center employs more than 100 people in the Albany area; the manufacturing facility located at 901 Clark Avenue in Albany, Georgia employs more than 200 people. The company has maintained manufacturing and distribution operations in Albany since 1947.

Coats & Clark distributes its industry leading textile crafting brands, including RedHeart®, Dual Duty®, J&P Coats, and Coats & Clark®, from the Albany site.

 

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission
The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

About Coats & Clark
Coats & Clark is part of Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textile crafts market.  At home in more than 50 countries, Coats employs 19,000 people across six continents.

For more information go to www.coats.com.


Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host forum on workforce and hiring

April 30, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Wednesday, May 9 focusing on the area’s workforce needs and hiring criteria across Albany-Dougherty County’s five major industry sectors.

“Albany-Dougherty County is fortunate to have a broad industry base with five target industry sectors in manufacturing, defense, distribution and logistics, call centers and healthcare,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “It’s important that our citizens know what opportunities are available to them here, professionally, and that they know how and when to begin preparing themselves to capitalize on these opportunities in order to gain employment at one of our local industries.”

The town hall-style event will feature five panelists, each  presenting information on behalf  their organization, as well as their respective industry sector. Panelists include P&G Plant manager Werhner Washington on manufacturing, Deputy Commander at Marine Depot ‎Maintenance Command Trent Blalock on defense, Southern Ag Carriers President Hugh Nall on distribution and logistics, Webstaurant Customer Solutions Team Leader Chris Mathis on call centers and Phoebe Health System Vice President of Human Resources Tracy St. Amant on healthcare.

The event will offer information on what these major industry sectors routinely look for in an employee and how community members can best prepare themselves to become an ideal candidate.

The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development designed to increase public awareness of matters relating to economic development or economic impact in our community.

The May 9 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the event.

For more information, please call (229) 434-0044 or visit the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission at facebook.com/choosealbany.

 

 

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