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More South Georgians out of work

June 27, 2003

Thomasville - More South Georgians are losing their jobs. National Pipes and Plastics in Thomasville closed their doors Monday and that left 74 people unemployed.

The City of Roses is a quiet town perfect for retirement. That's what David McDowell planned to do. But now, he says it's too quiet.

McDowell is the plant manager at National Pipes and Plastics, where the parking lot is now empty, and machines are idle. "The longer term employees don't really seem to be too surpised," says McDowell, "but people are upset having lost a permanent job."

Just last week, 215 Warner's employees were told they were being laid off. Chamber of Commerce President Don Sims says with more than 100 industries in Thomasville, and more on the way, there is hope for those who have lost their jobs.

McDowell says that is good news for his former employees, and he thinks it would be a mistake not to hire them.

The Chamber plans to have Governor Perdue to announce the job openings that could provide up to 300 new jobs in Thomasville.

posted at 5:47 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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