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May 19, 2003

Turner County-- More new jobs in Turner County.  A wave of new business is sparking growth in Georgia's third poorest county.

Ashburn-Turner County Chamber of Commerce President Shelley Zorn says, "We need the jobs desperately, and are just thrilled to see this small growth happen here."

Sunset Stone promises to bring 45 new jobs to Turner County. This is just the latest in a string of new businesses moving into the struggling county.

The company manufactures simulated stone for home builders and construction companies. It's the only one of its kind in the Southeast -- four similar plants exist elsewhere in the United States.

Chamber of Commerce President Shelley Zorn says the county is enjoying a mini-growth spurt.

"In December a company opened with 25 jobs, last week was the groundbreaking for the new Detention Center with 65 jobs and today 45 jobs with Sunset Stone. This is exactly what we needed and we have been working toward this for two or three years-- it didn't happen over night."

There's also a new Industrial Park in the works off I-75, and some unnamed companies have expressed interest in moving there. Sunset Stone will start production in a few weeks, with hopes of hiring people to fill two shifts in the coming months.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com