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Jobs Coming to Tifton

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The unemployment rate continues to rise.

Numbers out Thursday show it's up to 10.3 percent in the southwest Georgia region.

But one area got some good news. At its annual banquet the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce announced two companies will create 451 jobs.

Merchants Food Service, based in Mississippi will expand their distribution and take over a 107-thousand square foot facility in Tifton.

"That facility is going to give us reach into Georgia and Florida, right now we cover the entire southeast except South Georgia and Florida," said Andy Mercier, President and CEO of Merchants Food Service.

They provide food products to chain restaurants like KFC, Quiznos.

"We hope by this time next year there is at least 60 jobs here and in about another 24 months, another 160 jobs," said Mercier.

In the past 24-months the area has lost 2,000 jobs.

"Americans we never stay down too long, so I feel like it's coming back around," said Mayor Jamie Cater, City of Tifton.

The Merchants Company isn't the only new tenant in the industrial park.

"Bold Formulators is going to come in and hope to in the next couple years employ about 300 people," said Cater.

Bold Formulators is a part of the largest agricultural chemical company in the world.

They already have two locations in Ocilla and the Tifton-Tift County industrial park and will expand down the road to a 140-thousand square foot building.

Merchants Foodservice will have local staff on site on February 8th to start the hiring process, bold Formulators hopes to open their new facility, which for the short term will be used for storage, in February.

The companies will invest $79 million in Tift County.

Click here to link to Merchants Foodservice.

Click here to link to Bold Formulators.

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