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More business could soon fill Bob's Candies facility

May 16, 2006

Albany-- Albany and Dougherty County leaders continue to work together to attract new businesses and that work may pay off soon.

Last year, Bob's Candies closed its plant after nearly 90 years in Albany and Merck's Flint River Plant announced it would close by the end of this year with more than 300 employees losing their jobs.

Here's the good news. A company called Box Car stores entered into a 90-day contract to evaluate the Bob's Candies building. They could bring a plant that would either process vegetables, have a bakery, package meat or even a mixture of all three.

"I'm extrememely optimistic about Albany's future. It's a bright future. The national economy is strong and getting stronger. The state economy has rebounded very,very well. I think albany is very positioned and poised," says Tim Martin of the Albany Chamber of Commerce.

Martin says that 90-day contractual agreement will be up in the next week or so. Economic development leaders also say several potential buyers are interested in the Merck Plant.

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