The recruitment of new manufacturers always gets the big headlines, but existing industries and small businesses are where you'll find most new job growth.
That's why it's important to point out when local officials have acted to support local businesses and to keep them here.
Letica Corp., which has been making 5-gallon plastic buckets in its Azalea City Industrial Park facility since 1993, broke ground recently for an expansion.
The corporation, headquartered in Rochester, Mich., had considered leaving Valdosta because its local facility was landlocked. That is when the Valdosta-Lowndes Industrial Authority made a move on behalf of the taxpayers who support it.
The Authority bought land for a new industrial park -- Azalea East on Clay Road -- and helped to get a state grant to assist with a rail spur needed by the company.
The new plant will keep employing 90 people and add 30 more. The total investment -- building, equipment and salaries, etc. -- is about $12 million.
As we've said before, the Authority is always working to make sure our economic base of jobs is stable and diverse. Without the board's commitment and your tax dollars, we would not be enjoying a relatively buoyant economy, compared to the rest of Georgia.
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