Bainbridge Manufacturing expected to spur job, economic growth
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -
A new company is coming to south Georgia and is expected to bring about 250 jobs with it.
The city of Bainbridge bought an empty 180-thousand square foot facility for the new Bainbridge Manufacturing.
Decatur County officials say the empty parking lot at the end of the Decatur County Industrial Park will soon be buzzing with traffic.
"It's been a long time coming. We've had a dry spell with the economy like it is. Any time you can make an announcement like this it does create a lot of excitement," said Industrial Development Director Rick McCaskill.
The newly formed Georgia corporation Bainbridge Manufacturing recently agreed to call south Georgia home.
"What they will be doing is manufacturing air conditioning components for automobiles and for industrial air conditioners," said McCaskill.
The city of Bainbridge agreed to front $1.7 million to buy the building from Traco.
But officials say it was a necessary investment.
"It's a competitive market out there and we were certainly competing with other communities to get these jobs. So you've got to step up and what we have done is we have got them a place to operate," said McCaskill.
And the newly formed company is not only projected to spur economic growth, but also job growth.
Which is good news for the former, current, and future students at Bainbridge State College.
"The college is uniquely positioned for just this type of opportunity because we do both transfer and technical training so it was real easy for us to jump in and respond by offering a trained work force," said BSC President Dr. Richard Carvajal.
McCaskill says he has seen the manufacturing company's plans for expansion.
And he says it is scary how big this thing can get.
Decatur County officials say Bainbridge Manufacturing is expected to be at least partly operational by the end of the year.