Albany aircraft company receives funds to expand

Albany aircraft company receives funds to expand

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany aircraft company will be the first to receive money from the city's deal-closing fund designed to create jobs in Albany.

City commissioners agreed to give Thrush Aircraft $200,000 from the Albany Job Investment Fund. To qualify for a grant from the fund a company must promise to use the money on a project to create at least 100 jobs. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard hopes other companies will follow suit.

"I'm just excited that we have one example of how these funds can be used under our belt so to speak," said Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. "So we'll be looking forward to issuing money towards other projects that will benefit the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County and bring us additional jobs."

With more employees, Thrush plans to start building a 700 gallon crop duster in addition to the 500 gallon plans they produce now. The expansion would allow them to produce 3 extra planes a month. They plan to hire 100 new employees over the next three years.

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