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Business expansions create new jobs in Thomasville

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Jobs are hard to come by these days but there's good news in Thomasville.

Two companies there are expanding and putting out the help wanted sign.

Simply put, a business expansion means more job opportunities. And for Thomasville, the timing of those expansions couldn't be better.

"Jobs are coming to this community in a time when we need them."

According to its Chamber of Commerce, Thomas County's unemployment rate peaked at ten percent last year. But thanks to some new construction and business expansions, the rate is now at 9 percent and expected to continue declining.

"We anticipate that the jobs will start flowing in now," said Chamber President Don Sims.

One of the expanding businesses is Cleaver-Brooks which makes boiler room products and systems. They have nine facilities around the world, but its plant in Thomasville is the only one undergoing expansion.

"The fact that we were chosen is a good validation of our quality skilled workforce here," continued Sims.

The expansion will increase the plant's employment by twenty percent. Not too far away, another business expansion will bring in 200 jobs to Thomasville.

"We are building a new home office that will be ready in early 2011," said Senior Life Sr. Vice President Nick Murray. "That new building will allow us to create some 200 new jobs over three years."

Murray is proud to know that in a time of need, his company will be helping out the community.

"It's a great feeling to be able to help this community. This community has given a lot to us in our 8 to 9 years to be able to get where we are today."

And simply put, the growth of its businesses means success for Thomasville.

Both Cleaver-Brooks and Senior Life are early in the hiring process.

For more information about job openings, you can call the Thomasville Career Center at (229)225-4033 or visit the Georgia Department of Labor's web site here


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