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Group travels to Cooper Headquarters to make pitch for Albany

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Wednesday state and local economic development officials will travel to Findlay, Ohio to make the case for keeping Cooper Tire in Albany.

The group includes EDC Vice President Andrea Shruijer, EDC Board Vice Chairman Bobby McKinney, County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard, and Mayor Willie Adams. They'll present an incentive plan for Cooper and hear more about Cooper's concerns. Tuesday, Mayor Adams said it's not only about keeping the company but encouraging them to expand.

"We're also going to try and find out what can we do to help them remain, not only remain in Albany, but to expand in Albany. I think it's a forgone conclusion that they're going to close at least one plant and what we're trying to do is offer any type of services whether it's in the field of energy or any other areas to let them know that we treasure those 2,000 jobs that we have in Albany," said Mayor Willie Adams.

Once back in Albany, the group will have until December first to finalize their proposal to Cooper. The "I Love Cooper" campaign has led to blue and white ribbons and supportive signs being put up all over town. Cooper plans to close one of its four plants.

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