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New jobs come to Douglas

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Fifty years to the day after the Economic Development Authority in Coffee County was created, Governor Sonny Perdue announced that 320 new jobs are coming to Douglas.

"This community together over a long time, over the years has been known as a progressive community that has made itself hospitable and welcoming to new industry," said Governor Perdue.

GreenTech Manufacturing will invest more than $20 million into the 103,000 square foot manufacturing and distributing facility where the announcement was made. "It's a brand new process for Georgia. And we are glad that we are going to be the first," said Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority, JoAnn Lewis.

They produce innovative lightweight construction products using 95 percent recycled material, which is a cost-effective alternative to materials such as metal, wood, concrete and fiberglass. "We can go into a community and collect recycle materials. Take that and incorporate that into our products," said GreenTech Executive Team Member, Mike Moreland.

And Governor Perdue said more companies like Green Tech are moving to Georgia. "Our state is transitioning from textiles to down in this area tobacco and different types of things toward a new economy," said Perdue.

And he knows these changes will be difficult for those in other industries like poultry that are being hit hard by the recession. "I know its a hard pill to swallow when you work as hard as you do and you still get the tough end of the stick, so to speak," said Perdue.

But these new jobs in new businesses will help economically improve those in Georgia's more traditional industries.

GreenTech Manufacturing will offer high-quality and high-paying administrative, technical and operational jobs. The company plans to roll their first product of the line in their new Douglas plant as early as September.

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