MOVING IN: Not all economic news was bad; some companies announced moves that should help the situation in Augusta.
- Medac Inc. is developing a call center in Lincoln County that will create up to 300 jobs.
- In association with Fort Gordon, the National Security Agency, the intelligence service that monitors global communications for the U.S. government, is building a $340 million Regional Security Operation Center near 16th Street and Lane Avenue.
- Bass Pro Shops announced that it would join the Village at River Watch, an 860,000-square-foot development on River Watch Parkway near Interstate 20. The 100,000-square-foot Augusta store will employ 250 people.
- Vacant since 1978, the former J.B. White building reopened with a coffee shop and professional offices on the ground floor and 51 condominium units on the second and third floors. The $9 million project is now known as The White's Building.
LAYOFFS: Rising costs and tough economic times forced several local employers to lay off workers in 2008.
- NutraSweet in Augusta laid off 11 percent of its workforce in November, President Bill DeFer said. Twenty of the company's 175 workers were laid off immediately. With contract workers, NutraSweet had 300 workers. Mr. DeFer said the higher cost of doing business was the reason for the layoffs.
- E-Z-Go laid off 11 workers in November, Brandon Haddock, the marketing and communications manager at E-Z-Go, said. The positions were eliminated because of corporate restructuring.
- Also in November, Club Car Inc. laid off 22 workers as part of corporate restructuring, Susan Jaramillo, the director of communications for the Industrial Technologies sector of Ingersoll Rand Co. Ltd, said.
HIRING: Urban Outfitters added 100 employees to its Edgefield County facility in 2008. In August, the Pennsylvania-based apparel and furniture retailer announced that it was expanding its wholesale distribution center in Trenton, S.C., and moving some call center operations.
BOUGHT OUT: Augusta's Monsanto plant on Lovers Lane was transferred to Indiana-based Elanco in August. Elanco, a division of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co., purchased the rights to Monsanto's dairy cow supplement Posilac for $300 million.