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Mobile home company building factory in Jenkins County

Mobile home company building factory in Jenkins County


ONE OF THE POOREST AND MOST UNEMPLOYED COUNTIES IN GEORGIA. SCOTBILT HOMES ANNOUNCING IT WILL BUILD A FACTORY IN JENKINS COUNTY — PROVIDING HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO SKILLED WORKERS IN THE AREA. JENNIE: NEWSCHANNEL 6’S MIKE MILLER WAS AT THE GROUNDBREAKI NG CEREMONY IN MILLEN TODAY. HE’S LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM TONIGHT. MIKE: JENKINS COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS DEAL FOR MONTHS AND TODAY, THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE. IT’S GOOD NEWS FOR A PART OF THE C-S- R-A THAT HAS SEEN A LOT OF ITS INDUSTRY SHUT DOWN OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES. IT’S A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR JENKINS COUNTY. SCOTBILT HOMES BUILDING A NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT NEAR DOWNTOWN MILLEN. MAYOR KING ROCKER, MILLEN, GA: “WE KNOW THAT IT’S GOING TO EMPLOY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 50 AND 200 PEOPLE AS THEIR WORKLOAD WARRANTS IT. THEY’LL BRING THEM ON. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE PROBABLY A $5 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT.” IT WILL BE THE SECOND FACTORY FOR THE WAYCROSS, GEORGIA BASED COMPANY. SCOTBILT CONSTRUCTS HUD MANUFACTURED HOUSES, WHICH ARE BASICALLY BETTER QUALITY MOBILE HOMES. GREG SCOTT, SCOTBILT PRESIDENT: “JENKINS COUNTY APPEARS TO HAVE A LOT OF SKILLED LABOR HERE FROM OLD MOBILE HOME FACTORIES THAT USED TO BE HERE. THAT’S ENTICING TO US. AND IT’S NOT TOO FAR FROM WAYCROSS.” THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS BIG NEWS FOR THE AREA AS THE GREAT RECESSION HIT IT HARD IN THE 2000’S. KING ROCKER, MAYOR MILLEN GA “WE LOST JOCKEY. THEN SHORTLY AFTER IN THE CRASH OF 2008, WE LOST BELLCREST HOMES, WE LOST METAL INDUSTRIES. BOTH OF THOSE EMPLOYED MORE THAN 600 A PIECE.” THE ANNOUNCEMENT ALSO A GOOD SIGN FOR THE MOBILE HOME INDUSTRY. SCOTBILT HOPES TO BUILD 10 MOBILE HOMES A DAY IN THE NEW FACTORY. GREG SCOTT, SCOTBILT PRESIDENT: “IT’S COMING BACK NOW JUST LIKE A LOT OF OTHER INDUSTRIES. IT’S BEEN STAGNANT FOR QUITE A WHILE, BUT NOW, WE SEE A GROWTH IN IT, AND WE JUST WANT TO BE A PART OF THE GROWTH.” SCOTBILT HOMES — HOPE FOR A COUNTY THAT ONCE HAD AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 14.5. KING ROCKER, MAYOR MILLEN GA “WE FOUGHT HARD AND LASTED THE BATTLE, SO WE’RE ON THE WAY BACK.” MIKE: COMPANY OFFICIALS ARE HOPING TO HAVE THIS FACILITY UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER. STAYED TUNED FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT A JOB FAIR FOR THIS PLANT HERE IN MILLEN. BACK TO YOU.

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