First Quality will build a new factory to be completed in late 2011.
A diaper manufacturer is bringing new jobs and 200 million dollars in investment to South Bibb County
Governor Perdue and local leaders announced what they called a major economic development Friday at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport
The company is called First Quality and it says it will spend two hundred million dollars over eight years to replace their existing manufacturing facility and buy new equipment.
"This expansion it really is a dream come true," said Perdue.
The announcement comes after the company considered moving it's existing facility in South Bibb County to Pennsylvania two years ago.
But Mayor Reichert says, a proactive work force and strong financial incentives from the state and local government convinced First Quality not only to stay, but to expand.
The existing facility employs about 220 people and when the company relocates manufacturing to the new building on Avondale Mill Rd, they say they hope to add about 150 more jobs.
First Quality wouldn't say when they'd start hiring or how much the jobs would pay, only that they were "advanced manufacturing" positions.
Governor Perdue said he hopes First Quality's decision to invest in Georgia will prove to other companies the advantages of doing business in the South, "it gives us a psychological boost to understand that the work ethic that we have in our community can compete world wide. These are companies that could have gone anywhere and they chose to stay here."
Perdue congratulated local officials on doing a great job marketing Georgia's "competitive work force", but he also joked, he's done his part to boost the diaper industry as well,
"Eleven grandchildren and twelve on the way, and if they got into the adult business I'd probably be a customer soon."
First Quality received 2 million dollars in grant money from the state, as well as $100,000 from the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority to build a new water tank. They will also recieve local tax breaks.
Company officials say they hope to break ground on the new facility in the next few weeks, and they expect the site to be fully operational by the end of 2011.
First Quality says they don't know what they'll do with their current plant on Industrial Highway once they move to the new one.