Augusta job outlook bright

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November 2, 2006

Jobs, jobs everywhere.

There was another new job announcement today, and these jobs are for anyone.

"A lot of times we say we prefer you have no experience, because then we don't have to correct your mistakes. We train you the way we want you to do it," said Jim Gutchin, CEO of Augusta Tissue. He says their expansion means 80 new jobs.

They bought the plant last year with plans to grow in two phases.

It will be done in about a year, but they're looking to hire now.

And that's good news for those of you looking for work.

That news and word that ADP is brining a thousand new jobs have job seekers and of course city leaders very excited about the future.

These big plans mean real progress for Augusta's job market.

Two big job announcements in less than a week, and another one may be on the way tomorrow.

Today was another trip to the labor department for Uriah Grant.

"I'm here searching for a job," he said. "I'm unemployed. It's hard."

But he feels a lot better knowing there are hundreds of new jobs on the way to the Augusta area.

"It's bringing more to Augusta area, more production. It's an opportunity to open up more jobs for the local people that are here."

The mayor and the CEO of Augusta's tissue plant announced 80 new jobs opening up. It'll be after a near $50 million expansion project at the mill is complete...and they're wasting no time getting started.

"The people that we hire here, they do not have to have a college degree," Gutchin said. "They have to be willing to work."

"They'll be forklift drivers, people to help on the paper machine," he went on. "We're training, training people to actually run the machine."

Coupled with last week's announcement of one thousand new jobs from New Jersey-based company ADP, it's even bigger news.

"It's just a sign of things to come," said Sue Parr of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. "We have to make sure that we are very diligent about getting new jobs, and I think we're seeing the efforts of all the work that we've put in."

And Uriah and others are hopeful that after applying, they'll be chosen to fill one of the many positions.

"I'm a high school dropout," Uriah said. "I don't have a GED. I'm in the process of getting my GED now, so it's a big step. It's opening a lot of doors for a lot of people who don't have the proper education and need to get a job."

The Augusta Tissue jobs will pay between $8 and $20 an hour depending on skill. The jobs range from forklift drivers to office jobs. You can learn more at their website.

You can also now submit your resume online for those jobs ADP announced last week. Click here.