Archive for May, 2017

Initiative promotes trade jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

A new education program is promoting trade jobs in Atlanta.

The state has launched a new brand for Georgia’s skilled trade education initiative Trade Five, formerly known as Go Build Georgia.

“One of the state’s greatest economic development assets is our workforce,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “It is critically important that we provide companies who locate or expand in Georgia access to a reliable workforce. Our Trade Five initiative educates future workers about in-demand skilled trade careers, and supplies employers with a young, talented workforce to meet their business needs.”

“Trade Five, Skills for Higher Earning” was announced during the Champions Breakfast at the annual Skills USA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference/Career Expo being held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

This initiative, launched in 2012 by Governor Deal, is designed to dispel the misconceptions that jobs within the skilled trades are “dirty” and unattractive, but rather promote the lucrative, lasting career opportunities that exist within these key industries across the State.

“We’ve heard from countless employers about a need for a young, educated and skilled workforce to meet the demands of business,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames. “We are excited to continue the good work of promoting opportunities within the skilled trades through our very own Trade Five initiative.”

As an effort to promote skilled trade education across the state, Trade Five launched a grant and scholarship program in early 2016. The Trade Five Grant program is a $500 grant, awarded to Georgia high schools who seeks financial support for the enhancement of their skilled trade education efforts. The Trade Five Scholarship program is a $1,000 scholarship, awarded each year to graduating Georgia high school seniors who will be attending a Technical College System of Georgia institution to study a skilled trade-related program.

Company to create manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

A company has announced it is expanding and creating more manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

Star Snacks, Co. LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality branded nuts, trail mixes and dried fruits, will create 115 jobs and invest more than $18 million in a peanut roasting and packaging facility in Macon-Bibb County.

“Georgia’s business-friendly environment has again attracted a leading manufacturer to invest in our state,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “In choosing Macon-Bibb County, Star Snacks will enjoy the benefits of locating in the top state for both business and peanut production. Georgia’s skilled workforce and unparalleled economic environment will serve Star Snacks well for the future as the company continues to grow.”

Star Snacks will construct a 200,000-square-foot facility to source, roast and distribute peanuts grown in southwest Georgia. The newly created jobs will include positions in manufacturing and processing.

“We are excited about establishing our new processing facility in Bibb County,” said Mendel Brachfeld, managing partner of Star Snacks. “One of the big attractions was the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority team’s capabilities and eagerness to make things happen. In addition we feel very confident in the local workforce to be able to support our company.”

Star Snacks specializes in the production and distribution of salty snacks. The company’s services also include private labeling for brand name retailers, national and regional drug store chains, supermarkets and discount retailers.

“Our new model is working and we are elated to add a new investment of 115 new jobs to our regional economic impact for this community,” said Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby. “Star Snacks reflects our values as a family-owned business with a proven record of success for over fifty years. Expanding Macon-Bibb’s footprint in the snack industry and agribusiness field is a testament to our great location, business-friendly environment, and ability to attract more new industry.”

Company creates processing jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The expansion of one company is creating processing jobs in Atlanta.

Lake Foods, LLC will create 130 new full-time jobs and invest $8 million in Hart County. This expansion news more than doubles their workforce.

“We are pleased that Lake Foods has decided to grow their operations in Hart County,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia’s top-notch workforce and pro-business climate is the perfect complement to Lake Food’s commitment to the state. We look forward to supporting them in their continuous growth.”

The 62,000-square-foot facility is located in Hart County’s Industrial Park and operates a processing center, refrigerated inventory storage and main hub. Lake Foods will process and introduce a variety of different products to the market and for its customers across the country.

“The Hartwell location has provided us with an eager and highly trainable workforce, and has proven to be an excellent location for our food processing business,” said co-owner of Lake Foods, David Strawn. “With assistance from both state and local resources, we have recently upgraded our wastewater pre-treatment system to accommodate growth, added new processing lines, and increased our presence in the business sector.”

Lake Foods is a privately owned company with the long term goal of becoming a large, nationally recognized preferred supplier. With more than a century of experience, the team at Lake Foods strives to provide a desirable, safe and competitively compensated place of employment for all of its associates.

“The successful location of Lake Foods, LLC, in the Hart County community and the pace of expansion is a testimony to the company’s ability to compete in the global marketplace and to the great work ethic of local area citizens,” said Chairman of the Hart County Board of Commissioners Joey Dorsey. “The Hart County Board of Commissioners is pleased to see the company thriving in our community and providing additional job opportunities.”