Wed., December 30, 2009 2:41pm (EST)

Bombardier Saves Macon Jobs
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
A Canadian company is coming to Macon and saving jobs in the process.

Bombardier is taking over operations at the Atlantic Southeast Airlines maintenance facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. As a result 120 jobs will stay in Macon. ASA is consolidating its operations.

Pat Topping is with the Macon Economic Development Commission. He helped orchestrate the deal which gives Bombardier more than 30-thousand dollars a year in rent incentives.

"The company is saying that, you know, listen, we're bringing in some good jobs. We're going to be paying property tax. You know our employees will be spending money in the community and they are looking for communities that want to partner with them."

Topping says incentives have become a bigger part of negotiations for companies looking to open, expand, or relocate as states look to create jobs.