November 22, 2005
New industry is flooding Columbia County, and more construction could be coming soon. News 12 is on your side with where the new development will be, and how it may mean hundreds more jobs.
The majority of growth in the CSRA over the past decade has been in Columbia County. Lucky for Taylor Woodward, job opportunities have more than doubled since 1995.
“It’s a much larger facility, it’s double the size of where I worked before,” Woodward said.
He left behind a Richmond County job because he could make more money at Serta, one of Columbia County’s industries. The Columbia County Development Authority works to bring more jobs to the area.
Their growth management plan shows that there is still less than one job per household. Their idea is to start construction of a 200,000 square foot building. This is roughly the size of four football fields.
“I think it will give us a competitive edge when it comes to trying to attract businesses here,” said Zack Daffin, Columbia Co. Development Authority.
This is all before they know who will move in.
There are several thousand jobs alone in Grovetown’s industrial areas, horizon north and south. This is something that’s necessary to keep up with the population boom. Columbia County is up thirty thousand people form 1990, with a grand total about to pass 100,000. And companies have to keep up with the demand for higher wages.
“When you have top notch employers in the area, you will have top notch employees,” Woodward said.
Which is why several thousand more people like Taylor Woodward will have new jobs in Columbia County. Construction on that 200,000 square foot building in Grovetown is set to start in the next few months. Only a skeleton will be built, which will help any new industry willing to move in, get started sooner.