Plants' merger will add 100 jobs

THOMSON --- Thomson Plastics Inc. announced Friday that the company is consolidating its Sandersville plant operation into the Thomson plant, on the Warrenton Highway near Thomson.

The move is good news for Thomson because it will result in the addition of about 100 new jobs this summer, officials said.

"It's kind of Thomson-McDuffie's gain, and unfortunately Sandersville's loss," CEO Jerry Harrison said at a news conference. He said the move is necessary to reduce operating costs.

The Thomson plant, which now employs 260, will expand 50,000 square feet to accommodate the production and assembly operations from the Sandersville facility. Toole Engineering of Augusta is the architect and manager of the project, which is expected to be completed by June 30.

The move and hiring should take place in July, according to Mr. Harrison. Depending on the economy, the number of jobs could grow to about 150 by 2010. Some of the 150 employees in Sandersville will be provided the opportunity to work at the Thomson plant, and the Sandersville Chamber of Commerce will help others find jobs, according to a news release.

"We're spending a lot of money at a tough time," Mr. Harrison said.

Thomson Plastics is a custom plastic injection molder, primarily making parts for Club Car in Augusta, Mr. Harrison said.