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New plants open in Fitzgerald

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FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) –With an unemployment rate over 16% there is no denying folks in Ben Hill County are in desperate need of jobs. They're finally getting some good news. Several new plants will put hundreds of people back to work.

21-year old Brandon Lewis spent more than a year and a half searching for a job. "I was laid off, they closed abut a year and a half ago."

Same goes for LeeRone Fuller was also given the dreadful news. "I was laid off for approximately two years," said Fuller.

And for both men being unemployed was tough, "I know I put out 60 to 70 applications one time and I never got a single call," said Lewis.

But both men recently got back to work. "We build pretty much any kind of cargo trailer, horse trailer you name it," said Lewis.

And they say they couldn't be happier. " I value my job a lot more now that I was unemployed for a year and a half," said Lewis.

"We thank God for Mr. Greg and all the other investors for bringing the plant to Fitzgerald and giving us a chance," said Fuller.

Both men are now working at Covered Wagon Cargo Trailers, one of three new plants that just opened up in the county. Also Hurricane Cargo and Look Trailers opened up as well. "Those three companies we desperately needed employment in our community so that's a very good start," said John Flythe, Fitzgerald Economic Development Director.

Where eventually each company plans on hiring up to 150 employees. "We were above 16 percent unemployed so any job we can add is very good, there are a lot of people who need jobs," said Flythe.

In sixty days, construction is slated to begin at Fitzgerald renewable energy which should employ more than 240 people during the maximum construction phase.

Wednesday, Governor Sonny Perdue will visit Douglas for more good economic news.

He'll talk about the re-opening of the Pilgrims Pride chicken plant which is expected to create several thousand jobs in the area.

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