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Albany Coats & Clark facility has grand reopening

Coats & Clark had their grand reopening on Monday for the new North America Distribution Center in Albany. (Source:WALB) Coats & Clark had their grand reopening on Monday for the new North America Distribution Center in Albany. (Source:WALB)
The Coats & Clark distribution center in Albany was destroyed last January during the storm. (Source: WALB) The Coats & Clark distribution center in Albany was destroyed last January during the storm. (Source: WALB)
Pat Wilson, commissioner for Georgia Department of Economic Development (Source: WALB) Pat Wilson, commissioner for Georgia Department of Economic Development (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Coats & Clark, one of the largest industries in Albany and Dougherty County celebrated its grand reopening on Monday after one of its facilities was destroyed in last January's storms.

Coats & Clark representatives said it was the power in partnerships with local and state representatives which allowed it to recover after the storm. 

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With Monday's ribbon cutting and reopening, it is back at 100 percent operation. 

"You was chosen once because you did a good job. You were chosen twice because you're special," said Pat Wilson, commissioner for Georgia Department of Economic Development. 

The comment was made by representatives of Coats & Clark and officials for the state of Georgia during the grand reopening of the Holly Drive facility that was destroyed in last January's storms.

"I commend the local leadership for really driving the resilience of this community and this facility, which makes today such an exciting day for Albany and Dougherty County," said Christopher Nunn, commissioner for Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 

After a competitive search for a new distribution center location, the company decided to return to Albany because of one thing.

"It's been an amazing example of teamwork and community collaboration and leadership at all levels," said Coats & Clark North America President Stephanie Leichtweis. 

Both Albany and Dougherty County government leaders, along with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and state representatives made it easy for the company to rebuild in the same space as the original center. 

"We want to make sure we preserve as many jobs as possible," said Wilson. 

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission said that the new distribution center has helped secure 300 jobs. 

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