News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Hagler Systems is transitioning out of South Carolina back to Augusta and is bringing jobs with them.
"We don't take jobs for granted these days," said Bob Hagler, president of Hagler Systems.
Which is why Hagler Systems' move to back to Augusta is such great news.
They moved from Augusta to North Augusta in 2002, but now they're on to bigger and better things.
And Augusta fits the company's needs perfectly.
"The cost to manufacture and the cost to do business in Augusta, Ga., is amazing," he said. "This is how I can compete, a small group -- 117 people -- can compete with billion-dollar companies worldwide."
So now they're expanding.
"Phase I will be a 40,000 foot expansion of that facility," Hagler said.
That will bring the now 62,000 square foot facility to around 100,000 square feet. And that's not all.
"We will be building a 25,000 square foot office and a 6,000 foot warehouse," Hagler said.
Space that's much needed for the rapidly-expanding company.
"In the last four months, we've hired 25 people, and in 2013, we've already hired 11," Hagler said.
And they could be filling as many as 40 more positions this year.
"All the way across the board [from] professional, engineering, management, all the way to welding and manufacturing [jobs]," said Hagler. "I expect within two years, we'll totally transition into Augusta, Ga."
And although some might still be feeling the squeeze from the recession, the mayor feels confident about Augusta's future.
"I feel good about the local economy," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver. "We do wanna see that unemployment rate go down and I believe that that will definitely happen over time."