News 12 at 6 o'clock, June 18, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Augusta seems to be bucking the national economic trend. The Kellogg's plant is expanding. 220 jobs are up for grabs.
The Development Authority of Richmond County insists Thursday's announcement is just the beginning of what will be a summer of growth.
"I need a job," said Vivian Bussey. "Right now."
Vivian Bussey was laid off back in March. She spends her time searching the internet for openings.
"I'm not having any good luck," said Vivian. "But I'm really looking."
Augusta's Kellogg's plant is announcing 220 new jobs.
"That gives me encouragement," said Vivian with a smile. "I need the phone number."
The company is looking to have new hires on line by September 2009.
"We're looking to get going as fast as we can," said Keith Downing with Kellogg's. "Hopefully, you can come in and help us hit the ground running."
66 of the company's 67 products are made at Augusta's Kellogg's plant. They are adding 5 new products including Girl Scout cookies.
"As they say," said Terry Elam, "The dough boy has really sang on this one."
"I think it shows that there is some faith that our economy is going to respond," said Elam. "Cookies are not a necessity."
"That's almost unheard of, in this economy, that new manufacturing jobs are being created," said Walter Sprouse with the development authority.
Kellogg's is boosting their labor force from 500 to 750 people.
"We have more [announcements] to come next month," said Sprouse.
That is not soon enough for Vivian and the other more than 22,000 Augustans looking for work.
"They need to hurry up and do it," said Vivian. "Don't talk about it. We need it now."
Between the Kellogg's announcement and a planned mixed-used development called Project Richmond 2 the development authority approved more than 50 million dollars in bonds Thursday. If you are interested in working at Kellogg's you can call Accurate Staffing at 704-554-9675.