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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  More jobs are on the way to Albany.  Coats and Clark is moving its North American distribution center to Albany.  And it's a double economic boost--  they're moving into the long vacant Delco Remy building near Radium Springs.

 The company currently has a large manufacturing presence in Albany, but this expansion will bring a good number of jobs to the area. 

Everyday Patricia Cowart pounds the pavement, in search of a job. "I'd work anywhere it doesn't matter... anywhere," she said.

She and every other job seeker in the area finally got some good news...more jobs are on the way. "Ooh that makes me feel so good because I know there is an opportunity."

Coats and Clark is consolidating its north American distribution centers at one central location in Dougherty county.

"We believe this will strengthen their manufacturing force here by having the main distribution point here," said Albany-Dougherty EDC President Ted Clem.

Coats and Clark is the number one name in sewing and needlecraft products. "Their product is carried in every Walmart in the country. In terms of their consumer products they also have an industrial division that makes things for the automotive industry."

Coats and Clark will lease this 280,000 square foot distribution center, the former Delco plant on Holly Drive.

The long-vacant building will now have new life. "They like the access to the major trucking quarters they liked their existing workforce that they had. They expect during that same time to add about 25 new employees at the distribution center."

Words of encouragement for Patricia Cowart. "I believe and have faith that something is going to open up maybe coats and Clark!"

More than 300 people are already employed at the manufacturing company in Albany, and those jobs will not be affected by this expansion.

Officials say the do not know the exact date when these jobs will become available, but they plan on hiring up to 20 more people by the end of 2010 and up to five more as it completes its expansion.

Officials are starting work at the facility now, but within the next 12 months they will start moving their Washington D.C. operations into the new facility as it becomes ready.

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