12 On Your Side: Augusta Tech sweetens deal for Starbucks

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, March 22, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It seems Augusta Tech sweetened the deal for a Starbucks plant in Augusta.

Walter Sprouse with the Development Authority said the java giant toured local schools, including Augusta Tech, several months ago.

Augusta Tech offers the training and classes that Starbucks wants on future employees' resumes.

"Very high-skilled jobs. Very highly-technical jobs so that means they will be employing a variety of people, coming out of high school coming and out of technical college," Sprouse said.

The Starbucks plant will bring at least 140 new jobs to locals in the area. The high-tech facility will be located in Augusta Corporate Park which is about a hundred acres off of Mike Padgett Highway and Horseshoe Road.

"This is not a manufacturing facility from 20 or 30 years ago, maybe what people imagined manufacturing is going to be. Very state-of-the-arc," Sprouse said.

Sprouse expects Starbucks to begin construction in about a month. It will take at least a year to build the plant. He recommends those wanting to become a Starbucks employee to begin researching and training now at Augusta Tech.

"Say listen I like to go work at Starbucks one day. I want to get a head start," he said.

Starbucks has not yet released employment information. Check with the Augusta Career Center or the Georgia Department of Labor as opening day gets closer.

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