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January 9, 2003

FITZGERALD -- One hundred fifty employees now looking for work may be able to stay in Fitzgerald.

They lost their jobs at Fleetwood Enterprises January 1st, when the manufactured home plant closed. Most had an opportunity to transfer with Fleetwood to other Georgia cities but decided to look for work in town. They do have a little time, because they are still receiving paychecks through the end of the month. By then Fitzgerald is hoping to have a new industry.

"Anytime have facility cease operations cause our people be out of jobs, it's sad day for us," Fitzgerald Mayor Gerald Thompson said. "But we face that with positive attitude that if in proper time and effort we can replace those jobs with others."

Thompson can't say what industry they are looking at, but he says they are in final negotiations and it would create 175 jobs. The Department of Labor is prepared for dozens of jobless claims when the Fleetwood employees become eligible at the end of the month.

posted at 5:15 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com