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Old LaFayette Bluebird Plant Gets New Occupant
LAFAYETTE, GA - New jobs are headed to Walker County. Phillips Bros. Machine Co. announced today in a news conference, at the site of the former Bluebird plant, that they are immediately hiring 40 new workers for the new plant and an additional 50 workers long-term.
The need for additional workers comes as Phillips Machine and the Walker County Development Authority officially closed the land sale of the former Bluebird bus plant.
Phillips Machine Co. has purchased 45 acres, including the Bluebird manufacturing facility that will house their new operations. The remaining 80 acres have been acquired by the Walker County Development Authority, and will provide added incentives when attracting new industrial business prospects to the area.
"The announcement of almost 100 new jobs is a direct reflection of the hard work and high caliber that our local workforce offers to new and existing businesses contributing to the economic success of Walker County," said Bebe Heiskell, Walker County commissioner. "The focus of the Commissioner's Office and Walker County Development Authority has been and will continue to be maintaining significant job growth in our area by providing support to businesses such as Phillips that can bring a positive economic impact to our area."
"Now that the land sale is complete, we are ready to expand our operations more than ever before and bring on the large number of individuals who will join the Phillips family," said Michael Phillips, Phillips Bros. Machine Co. plant manager. "The final closing of the land deal makes our company's expansion official, and we owe a large part of that to the involvement of the Walker County Development team."
Since the economic downtown of 2008, the number of unemployed individuals drastically increased when businesses such as Bluebird were forced to shut their doors. Development officials in Walker County have made it a top priority the past four years to seek out and support business opportunities that put residents back to work and enhance the local economy. The new land deal acquiring Bluebird's property will allow for this through the addition of almost 100 jobs and opening up opportunities for more new business growth.
"The success of companies like Phillips, Roper, Nissin Break and others, reflected in ongoing job creation, is a valuable asset to Walker County's economy and extremely low unemployment rate that continues to be one of the lowest in the state," said Commissioner Bebe Heiskell. "It is a great way to show future potential new industries that Walker County is a great place to bring your business and thrive."
This latest land acquisition by Walker County will be an advantage for future industrial recruitment efforts. The Walker County Industrial Park continues to attract new industries bringing economic growth through tax incentives, fiber optic capabilities and large amounts of available space for growing businesses to utilize.
Phillips Brothers makes parts for machinery like bulldozers and dump trucks and also supply parts for Alstom in Chattanooga.
The company currently operates on Mission Ridge Road in Rossville.
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