Georgia Governor Visits Lafayette Factory Hiring 600

WALKER COUNTY, GA (WDEF) – “This is just so good for our state because we’re strengthening rural Georgia,” says Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “We’re making sure sure people have opportunity no matter what part of the state they live in, what neighborhood they live in or what zip code they live in.”

GE Appliances is infusing more than $118 million dollars into a factory run by Roper Corporation that builds cooking appliances. GE says more than 600 new jobs will be added. Governor Kemp credits his lack of state COVID mandates during the pandemic for the success he says Georgia businesses are experiencing.

“We’ve had other companies here that are Georgia made companies. They are making Georgia made products that had record years during the global pandemic because their competitors were in other states being shut down by the government and we didn’t do that here and that’s why we’re thriving,” says Kemp.

As Help Wanted signs fill windows in businesses around the country, questions arise if GE will be able to find 600 new employees for the manufacturing positions. A GE official says they will be recruiting locally and outside of Walker County to fill the spots.

“Let everyone know we’re hiring. It’s a good problem to have in our state even though everyone is looking for more people, we’re doing better than most, lowest unemployment rate we’ve ever had in the history of the state, least amount of people on the unemployment role,” says Kemp.

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