I’ve just heard on NewsChannel9 (ABC affiliate in Chattanooga) that there’s a deal in the works to bring more than 2,000 manufacturing jobs to Whitfield County. They refer to WSB-TV’s story on this matter:
Sources familiar with the negotiations told Channel 2 Action News the company involved already has a presence in the state and is looking at a major expansion.
The company will open a new carpet manufacturing facility, bringing mid-level paying jobs to the Dalton area. According to the state Department of Labor’s website, the Dalton area has a 10.3 percent unemployment rate.
Gov. Nathan Deal hinted at a major jobs announcement Monday during an event to mark his signing of a bill to create a venture capital fund backed partly by public dollars, but he declined to name the prospect, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters Scott Trubey and Greg Bluestein.
This is major news to those of us in northwest Georgia with higher-than-average unemployment. The name of the manufacturer hasn’t been released, but we will probably hear who they are within the coming days.