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Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 9:48am

New Jobs to Mid, East, West Ga.

From middle, to east, and west Georgia, there’s good news when it comes to jobs heading to the state.

For residents of Cochran and Hawkinsville south of Macon, the pending arrival of a pair of South Korean manufacturers is a boost to the collective psyche.

State labor officials say that region of the state has an unemployment rate around 11 percent. The two companies, which make dry cleaning products, will each bring 50 jobs immediately. Within a couple of years, that number should swell to 250.

Kathryn Fisher with the Cochran-Bleckley County Chamber of Commerce says her area has been due some good economic news. She says the region's largest employer, a branch of Lithonia Lighting, moved hundreds of jobs out of the area in the last couple of years.

“It seems like the middle of the state and below are less fortunate as far as industry then the northern part of the state. So we are very excited, and we need them (jobs) desperately.”

Elsewhere, automated teller manufacturer NCR confirms its adding production lines and jobs to its Columbus location. NCR last year re-located its headquarters to Duluth, and opened the Columbus manufacturing facility in October of last year. The company says it's on track to create 3,000 jobs in the state by 2013.

And the east Georgia area will soon get around 70 new jobs. A European plastics company is set to lease space in Elberton. The as-of-yet unnamed company will make plastic parts for cars in its Elbert County facility.