More than 500 jobs to be added in two Georgian sites

Two distribution centers planned in Georgia by two separate companies will mean more than 500 jobs and an investment of about $140 million, officials said this week.

In Bartow County, the Duluth Trading Company plans to build a $53 million facility.

The Adairsville project will be the company’s first automated distribution center, according to a statement from Sam Sato, general manager of the Wisconsin-based casualwear and workwear maker.

Although the facility will include “state-of-the-art robotics”, it will also employ more than 300 people, he said.

The company hires for a variety of positions, including full-time, part-time and seasonal warehouse work. Job seekers can apply at duluthtrading.com/careers.

The company has a retail store in Kennesaw.

In Bryan County, WebstaurantStore, which supplies hardware to restaurant professionals, will build an $87 million distribution facility. Plans include hiring to fill 213 positions at the Ellabell facility, officials said.

Warehouses, fulfillment and distribution centers have been among the leaders in investment and job growth in recent years, an accelerated surge in the first year of the pandemic that continued , said Pat Wilson, Commissioner of the Ministry of Economic Development.

“Georgia’s logistics industry created the third highest number of jobs last year,” he said in a statement.

Officials said the state did not provide economic incentives for the Webstaurant project. They declined to provide details of arrangements with Duluth Trading as the deal is still being negotiated.

This week’s announcements come as the state’s economy continues to show no signs of embracing the notion of an economic slowdown, the much-publicized goal of the Federal Reserve’s recent campaign to raise interest rates. short-term interest.

The Fed hikes aim to keep inflation in check by curbing investment and expansion, and they have slowed the rise in house prices, but have so far shown only a modest impact on hiring and the slowdown in the Georgian economy.

New jobless claims, for example, have increased in recent weeks, according to Georgia’s Labor Ministry.

New requests have averaged 7,380 for each of the past four weeks, compared to an average of 4,792 per week in the previous three months. In 2021, claims averaged more than 18,000 per week, according to the US Jobs and Training Administration.

Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday touted state expansion, which has been the centerpiece of his re-election campaign against his Democratic challenger, Stacey Abrams.

A monthly report on job growth and unemployment in Georgia is due next week.

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