Decatur County- Last year's busy hurricane season could be blowing some 300 jobs south Georgia's way. Traco, the largest business to set up shop in Decatur County in more than a decade officially broke ground on their new building Tuesday. This will be Traco's fifth plant in the United States and will produce hurricane resistant doors and windows.
The Decatur County Development Authority built this speculative building nine years ago, but it's never had a tenant. Now Traco is moving in and doubling its size.
"It's a huge impact for Decatur County and Bainbridge. We're just glad everybody came together and we want to welcome the Traco people and the state of Georgia was very helpful and timely," said Mark Harrell, Bainbridge Mayor.
Over the next three years employment numbers at the plant are expected to grow to 300.
"We're talking about Decatur County today and 300 jobs in Decatur County will make a difference Traco and we want to thank you for your confidence in this community," announced Governor Sonny Perdue.
The plant will manufacture hurricane resistant doors and windows, a product well suited for this market.
"The facility will primarily be manufacturing hurricane resistant products, doors, windows for all the coastal areas in the United States," said Robert Randall, Traco President/C.E.O.
It's the type of business the development leaders would like to continue to attract.
"When industries locate here, we're close enough for them to have products available for the coast and we're fighting really competitive in that area and we really want to welcome all industry to come look at us," said Harrell.
To keep adding to the 7,000 new jobs created in Georgia this year.
Traco expects to begin screening for employees in November and December. Production will start in the first quarter of 2007.