DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two businesses announced investment and job creation in Dublin in the last six months. 41NBC’s Alexa Rodriguez found out why Laurens County is so attractive for companies.
“Both of these companies are international companies that are choosing to come to the United States and create jobs here,” said Beatriz Lleras with the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.
535 jobs to be exact.
“That’s kind of our niche. What we’re known for now. Polymer Logistics will be the sixth international company that has chosen to come here,” recalled Lleras.
Polymer Logistics announced last week it would be building its southeast distribution center in Dublin. The eco-friendly container making company will invest more than $4 million and create 110 jobs.
“In this facility, they’re going to bring back those palettes, sanitize them, clean them up, wrap them and then ship them back out to those suppliers,” explained Lleras.
Polymer Logistics is the second company to announce a development in Dublin in the last six months. In January, Valmiera Glass said it would be expanding its already existing Dublin headquarters. The expansion includes a $90 million investment and 425 jobs.
“Employees will have to be trained specifically for that position. They’ve partnered with the Oconee Fall Line Technical College for those training programs,” said Lleras.
The Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority credits location and the support of elected officials as the main reasons businesses are so attracted to the area.
“We’re halfway between Atlanta and Savannah. We’re right on the interstate. We have access to numerous state highways. [Our officials] only want the best for Dublin. They want to see growth. They want to get people working. They want to see the economic impact that these companies can bring,” explained Lleras.
Which is why Dublin-Laurens County is known as the business heart of Georgia.
Valmiera Glass is accepting applicants for its training program. For more information about the application process contact the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority at (478) 272-3118.
Polymer Logistics plans to start distributing in January 2017. Valmiera Glass will start production at its expanded plant in Fall 2017.