Thomson businesses hold job fair for nearly 100 employees affected by Georgia-Pacific fire

Friday, June 14, 2019

News 12 at 6 o'clock

THOMSON, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Following the devastating fire that destroyed the Georgia-Pacific building on Harrison Road in Thomson, several local businesses set up a job fair for the nearly 100 employees affected by the tragedy.

Sprint Foods is also offering a free tank of gas and gas cards for those employees, who are grateful for the gesture.

"Ain't nothing but a blessing. Nothing but a blessing," said Kenneth Cartledge, one of the Georgia-Pacific employees. "I thank God for this gas and all the other things people are offering for us. Ain't nothing but a blessing."

Following the fire, Cartledge thought that he would go into retirement, but the job fair has opened up new opportunities.

"Right now I'm in the place where I'm looking for another job," he said. "I pray for myself and my coworkers that we can get back on our feet and support our families."

While the fire may have created plenty of uncertainty, it left a community certain it had to help.

"A free tank of gas always helps because when you're job hunting, you need gas," said Robin Cantwell, Director of Human Resources at Sprint Foods. "We just took it a little bit further and it's a recruiting effort as well to try and help people get back to work. That's what it's all about, helping your community."

All employees who decide to stay within Georgia-Pacific will get paid up to 60 days, starting June 4. There are also opportunities at the Warrenton plant, set to open in the fall, for 30 to 40 people.