We Win? Governor Expected To Announce 1800 Healthcare Jobs

OK, it’s no Audi plant, but it’s rumored to be 1800 jobs with an average salary of $60,000.  Not too shabby if that holds up:

A medical and health care company plans to open a plant in north Georgia that would create 1,800 new jobs.

Channel 2’s Richard Elliot spoke with a member of state government very familiar with the plan, who said this is going to be a huge economic boost for the state of Georgia.

The lawmaker said Baxter International will locate a big production center in Newton County, not far from the city of Covington.
Baxter is a maker of vaccines and medical devices.

Channel 2 political reporter Lori Geary worked the story all day Wednesday and tweeted about a major jobs announcement earlier in the day. She confirmed that the production facility will pay a median salary of about $60,000 a year for the new 1,800 jobs.

So, some good news.




  1. CobbGOPer says:

    I guess healthcare jobs are better paying than auto-manufacturing jobs. However, I do hope that in six months or a year when they’re ready to open this place, we don’t have news stories about how they “can’t find enough workers locally with the pre-requisite tech skills,” therefore half the damn jobs or more end up going to transplants that have to be brought in from elsewhere.

    • caroline says:

      That has been the MO for years. A friend of mine in the recruiting biz says that these companies never hire locally because they consider the local labor to be “inferior” and that all the higher paying positions are filled with people from elsewhere. So a lot of the time, these things are a win for the company and not so much for the tax payers.

      • CobbGOPer says:

        “So a lot of the time, these things are a win for the company and not so much for the tax payers.”

        I’m shocked I tell you.

  2. abmagic says:

    While not a win for the local unemployed taxpayers, I would say that many jobs with that average salary is still a big win for the businesses and local governments (through sales tax) in the area.

  3. saltycracker says:

    What was that plant picture ?
    1,800 $60k line jobs in Ga with most in Newton Co., hotbed of high tech ?
    There is a lot more to this channel 2 story.

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