600 jobs headed to Athens area

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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.

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countyman 04/05/12 - 10:20 am
The $172 million Starbucks

The $172 million Starbucks plant, $115 million Rockwood plant, and $1 billion Bridgestone development all break ground this year...

While we do need a large automaker to move here, let's not act like nothing is coming here... Rural Sourcing, ABS, ADP, etc all pay much better than $11-$13 per hour..

my.voice 04/05/12 - 11:02 am
@Soapy Why is this Deke's

Why is this Deke's fault/problem/responsibility? Like him or not, he's "done" more for the city than any mayor as of recent. I know Deke isn't perfect, but his heart is in this city. He could be out making a fortune, but has chosen to give back for the last decade of his life. And no, I have no relationship with the man whatsoever.

BTW - What are you doing to help?

seenitB4 04/05/12 - 12:01 pm
How many times will I have to

How many times will I have to remind ya where our Gov. & Lt Gov..come from.....Gainesville.....it is not a surprise that area will get the jobs...Athens-Braselton--Gainesville....makes sense to me...:)
scratch my back one more time pleeeeze..

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