ATHENS, Ga. -- A clothing distribution center will bring 600 jobs to Braselton in the next few years and begin hiring next month, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.
Carter’s Inc., a baby and children’s apparel marketer, will open a $50 million, 1 million-square-foot facility in June. The distribution center will employ 250 people full-time initially and more than 600 by 2015, according to Deal’s office.
“Carter’s new distribution center will have an immediate, positive impact on the lives of Jackson County residents,” Deal said in a news release. “Encouraging job growth in the state is of the utmost importance, and we are pleased Carter’s has chosen to invest in Georgia and its workforce.”
The company is taking over an existing space at 625 Braselton Parkway formerly occupied by Progressive Lighting and Mitsubishi, both of which left last year, said Courtney Bernardi, director of economic development for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Carter’s will start filling positions in operations, engineering, inventory control, human resources and other roles in early May. A job fair is scheduled for May 9-12 at the new facility. Job openings will also be listed at www.carters.com/DCjobs. Workers will be trained through the Georgia QuickStart program.
The majority of the jobs will pay about $11 to $13 an hour, Bernardi said.
Carter’s, which owns the Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh brands, is headquartered in Atlanta and has been doing business in Georgia for 90 years, CEO Michael D. Casey said in a news release.
Carter’s sales topped $2 billion in 2011, a 21 percent increase from 2010 and its 23rd consecutive year of growth.