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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

When the economy went down around 2008, like most cities..Cordele certainly felt the sting.

Industrial buildings like the Southeast Food Distribution facility were left unused and left many people looking for another place to work.

Well city officials say they believe things are looking up.

The industry distribution center is moving back in on May 1st and a number of job positions are opening up.

"Building was already here, it's a 100,000 square foot facility and um, as you know, a lot of time infrastructure goes downhill when it's not being used and what not and so we're glad to see them coming back in to the community. Wishing them great success," said Edward Beach, Acting City Manager for the City of Cordele.

There are 20 to 25 positions to be offered and that may not sound like a whole lot, but when there's several industries that hire a similar amount the numbers rack up.

"We don't have 5 and 600 employee industries but the twenty and 40 and 50 job industries after a while add up to those numbers. So we're excited to see some economic growth," Beach said.

They're not only looking to bring jobs to Cordele. The hopes are for economic growth for industries loading freight and railway distribution to much of Georgia.

"It has a major effect like that because you don't have the need for distribution as much if you don't have the sales there, of course, it affects everybody. It's a trickle-down effect and we are hoping to see a trickle-up effect now with the new industry coming in," said Beach.

They're not sure if they'll be bringing in employees that were relocated when the facility first closed down or hire new staff all together.

Either way, once the facility opens, the city says there are plenty of buildings and properties available and they hope to see more interest in them to bring in even more business to their county.

The South East Food Distribution is a frozen and refrigerated food storage facility that will distribute to retailers in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.

Officials encourage anyone interested in working at the facility to contact the Department of Labor office in Cordele.

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