According to Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers, the Milsco plant in McDuffie County has already begun the early stages of an expansion that will add space on to the building and bring in an additional 30 employees.
The plant will add a new production line which manufactures seats for John Deere lawn mowers, Mr. Powers told the McDuffie County Development Authority. He added that nearly a dozen of the new slots have been filled.
A company spokesperson declined further comment on the plant's expansion.
Dearing officials want to hear from their constituents.
Less than a month after the town received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, local leaders want to talk about how they'll be spending it. They've set a public hearing for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 at town hall.
Dearing officials plan to use the CDBG dollars to help pay for rehabilitation of the historic Dearing gymnasium. Some of the topics slated for the hearing include:
Fair housing laws and the City's plan to further Fair Housing.
Persons with special needs relating to disability access may use the Georgia Relay Service for the hearing impaired at 1-800-255-0056 or contact Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley prior to Oct. 10.
Milliken gets machinery
A realignment in the Milliken company has moved some additional equipment to the Thomson plant. The textile manufacturer has 150 employees in the local plant, but the new machinery is not expected to affect that number at this point.
The company reported to the McDuffie County Development Authority that the realignment would be positive for the local plant and the area in general.
Pelzer contracts cut
Pelzer Acoustic Products - located in one of the former Thomson Company buildings - took a hit when Ford trimmed its production of the F-150 and other vehicles, said Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers.
PAP produces a sound deadening material found in the dashboard and doors of cars. One of the company's major contracts was with automobile manufacturer Ford which recently made cutbacks.
"You hear it in the news. It makes the big headlines, and it floats down here to Thomson," Mr. Powers told the McDuffie County Development Authority at a recent meeting.
PAP's contracts were reduced by 50 percent, Mr. Powers added.
Georgia State Senator Jim Whitehead held meetings with the public and local officials in McDuffie County last Wednesday. He rotates through the "Wednesdays with Whitehead" meetings with each of the counties he represents in the state senate each week.
The public was invited to meet and discuss issues dealing with the state government at the McDuffie County Courthouse for an hour. Sen. Whitehead also set aside time to meet with city and county officials and take their concerns to Atlanta with him.
Pre-K programs honored
The McDuffie County School System's three Pre-K programs - Dearing Elementary, Thomson Elementary and Maxwell Elementary - were named as "All Exceeds" programs on the Pre-K Program Quality Assessment (PQA) for the 2005-2006 school year.
These Pre-K programs in McDuffie County Schools are among a distinguished group of less than 28 percent of all Georgia Pre-K sites to receive this honor, according to a school system press release. It's the second consecutive year Thomson Elementary School's Pre-K Program has received the honor.
Jones named Hospitality Chair
A local woman is serving as the Hospitality Chair of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association.
Cindy Jones of Thomson served as the Hospitality and Social Chair for the recent Georgia Rehabilitation Association's Annual Training Conference in Augusta.
Approximately 300 men and women attended this conference that helps train professionals who work with people with disabilities.
The Georgia Rehabilitation Association is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and is its largest chapter.