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More industrial and manufacturing companies are making their way to Troup County, bringing more jobs and more money

Last updated: July 21. 2014 11:47AM - 1232 Views
By - mruberti@civitasmedia.com



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For a county with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state of Georgia, Troup is making a come back in a big way.


In fact, that’s according to the LaGrange Economic Development Authority. The city was named as the number one “Micropolitan” by Site Selection Magazine and CNBC. The publication also named Georgia the number one state in the U.S. for business.

“On any given month we’re tracking 15-20 projects over Troup County,” said Economic Development Executive Director, Andy Camp. “We have a very good environment for businesses to grow in. So we meet with them and see how we can assist them to be successful.”
That includes expanding businesses and industrial sites already present in the county.
Last October, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Hyundai Dymos would be opening a manufacturing plant in West Point to supply Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). The official announcement of the new facility will create 300 manufacturing jobs within the first two years, with about $35 million investment.
In April, the CSX Corporation, in conjunction with the Development Authority, announced a portion of the Callaway South Industrial Park site, near Pegasus Parkway and Interstate 85, is now a CSX Select Site. According to the Development Authority of LaGrange, select sites are properties that have been identified as capable locations for future manufacturing facilities along the CSX rail lines. There are only two select sites in Georgia; one is in Richmond Hill, near the coast, and now, the site in LaGrange.
In June, Hanil E Hwa announced it was expanding it’s plant in LaGrange to include 80 more jobs.
“We’ve enjoyed employment opportunities in a variety of ways and we don’t see that changing anytime soon,” Camp said.


The statistics say the same thing. Camp said the unemployment numbers for Troup County in June of this year was at 7.2 percent; last year that number was 11 percent. According to Camp, between 2012-2013, 450 new jobs were added to the community and there was $250 million dollars of new investments from industries already in the area.

And the county has a lot to offer. Camp said Troup County has around 12 million square feet of industrial space, plus offers access to rail lines, and major interstates.
“If you were going to put a plant here, there’s an abundance of capable workers, infrastructure and real estate,” said Camp.
“We have an excellent workforce to put a plan in place, plus partnerships…. with the state.”
All the industrial progress means more money for potential employees and the community.
“We would like to see existing businesses grow and bring in new companies that bring in more work force, retail opportunities and restaurants for the residents of Troup County.”


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