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400 jobs may come to Coffee County

February 1, 2006

Douglas - In 1995 TECUMSEH engines came to Coffee County and would eventually employee close to 800 people. People who would be out of a job when the plant closed its doors in 2003, and moved the plant to Brazil to cut costs.

Chamber Director, Joanne Lewis says, "Our community, as well as a lot of other communities have lost jobs to off-shore market."

But now a new industry is eyeing the old TECUMSEH building. Lewis says, "If they end up choosing our great state and they end up coming to Douglas, it could mean a great economic impact." Initially 200 jobs, which would eventually grow into 400.

Lewis says, "We know them as project Lexus, and I don't even know where that name came from."

Lewis can't disclose the name until the deal is final, but she says it uses domestic products and serves the domestic market. "I think it would keep the jobs not only in Georgia, but in the U.S., and I think that's something that's been on the minds of folks lately."

And she hopes "Project Lexus" execs will keep Georgia on their minds. Company officials are expected to visit Coffee County once again in the next few weeks.

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