Goodwill starts LaGrange to West Point workforce transportation pilot

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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Goodwill Southern Industries is partnering with Holistic Health Partners to create a workforce shuttle pilot program that will transport workers from LaGrange to a trio of manufacturers along Kia Boulevard.

The pilot program will be free for the first 60 days and will transport workers from three locations in LaGrange to the second shifts at KIA, Glovis and Mobis.

Pickup locations in LaGrange include Food Depot on Hogansville Road, Calumet Park on Union Street and Piggly Wiggly on South Greenwood Street. Pickups begin at 1:37 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. with expected arrival at the plants from 2:05 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The return shuttle will pick workers up at the plants from 10:50 p.m. to 11:05 p.m.

Robert Goehring, manager of the Goodwill Career Center in LaGrange, said the pilot program is similar to the one recently started by West Georgia Star, which will transport workers to locations in LaGrange.

The pilot is currently limited to workers at the three employers who run 8-hour shifts and only for the second shift. Funding for the pilot was only available for a single shift and the second shift was chosen to maximize those who potentially need it.

Goehring said the plan is to demonstrate the value of the program during the 60-day pilot and potentially expand the program to other West Point companies.

The Career Center in LaGrange frequently sees people who would love to take job opportunities but don’t have access to reliable transportation, Goehring said.

The pilot program started on Aug. 1 and will be free for the first 60 days.

Registration is required to participate in the pilot program.

To register or for more information on the program, contact Goodwill at (706) 884-4451 or Bob Goehring at (706) 594-2151.