Helena Industries expands, creates new jobs

Helena Industries expands, creates new jobs
A South Georgia business is expanding, creating some new jobs for those living in or near Cordele. Helena Industries has a long history in the area and is excited about the changes.

It doesn't look like much now, but this site will soon be home to a new warehouse for Helena industries, which has operated in Cordele since the sixties.

"We formulate and package products not only for the Ag industry, but for farmers in our community, and for export, and all over the nation," says Plant Manager Scott Braswell. 

Plant managers say they've grown a lot in the last 5 to 10 years, and they just need more space.

"Our business has grown to the point that we have run out of places to put materials," he says.

And that means more jobs. Right now they employ about 100 full time people, and 150 contract workers.

Initially they'll add between 6 and 10 jobs with more over the next five years.

They've also built a new 10 thousand square foot break room for employees to feel more at home.

"To give them a facility that they can change clothes in, in their lunch or their supper in, so forth and so on," he says.

Chamber officials say it's exciting to see existing industry expand.

"Existing industry is the backbone of our community, and so we are very excited that they choose to expand, here in our community," says Monica Simmons with the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce.

And they appreciate the community's support.

"It's a breath of fresh air to know that we have a community, like we have here in Cordele to support us."

They first built their site in Cordele in 1968.

Plant Managers say over the next five years they could hire as many as 30 employees.

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