New company comes to Albany, creating 150 jobs

New company comes to Albany, creating 150 jobs

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The company Webstaurant-Store is creating 150 jobs with a new distribution center. Some people looking for jobs are thrilled to hear the news, and can't wait to apply.

Regina Buckman, who's been unemployed for three months, says finding a job in Albany has been difficult.

But that could change as more jobs come to Albany, Dougherty County.

"We feel like 2015 will be a good year for new job announcements and for some of our existing industries expanding locally," said Albany-Dougherty Co. Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland.

On Thursday, WebstaurantStore announced they're opening a distribution center in the old Bridgestone-Firestone facility in the Parkway Industrial Park.

The company, which is an e-commerce brand that sells restaurant equipment supplies, will invest $10 million in the area and create 150 jobs.

"There will be a good mix of jobs there, between package handlers, truck drivers, fulfillment center operators, people who are actually fielding calls and online requests for product," said Strickland. "So a good mix of employees there."

Economic Development officials say this deal has been in the works since May and location was the driving factor in their decision.

"They're really trying to lower the transportation time from the time someone orders a product until the time it's at their restaurant," explained Strickland. "So being in Albany provides them great access to markets in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee."

The 472,000 square foot facility will be modified and fully operational by this time next year.

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