ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tift County has struggled recently with tough economic news.
Last week, Shaw Industries Inc. announced it's downsizing its Tifton plant by 35% leaving close to 200 people without jobs.
"We've got Thanksgiving coming up we've got Christmas coming up and there is going to be 200 families affected by this and my heart goes out to them," said Mayor Jamie Cater.
But behind every cloud, lies a silver lining, and city officials say more jobs are on the way. Chamber President Brad Day says two new companies have decided to make Tifton their home.
"We have had a company by the name of Crate Services Incorporated move in they are under operation now in Tifton, they have leased a 214,000 sq foot building and are running a large regional distribution out of that," said Day.
In addition to Crate Services, a German company by the name of AL-KO Kober has just moved in and will create jobs in the area as well.
"We cut a ribbon the other day for a little group that took over the old RC cola building they make parts for trailers and I believe that was created 16 jobs with the hope of about 50 jobs after the first of the year," said Mayor Jamie Cater.
All together both new businesses will create close to 80 badly needed jobs in the area, and city leaders hope more businesses will follow suit.
"We are seeing change in our economy in Tifton. We are going from our traditional industries to some new types of manufacturing and new types of industry," said Day.
Chamber leaders say Tifton's future will be a change from the norm, and now Technology related industries will be a main focus.