The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to reduce the number of federal inspectors in chicken processing plants. The USDA plan would eliminate as many as 800 inspector positions. Visual inspection of the chickens would fall to plant workers. Federal inspectors would focus on areas of the plant where bacteria could grow.
An Alabama career center is helping a west Georgia manufacturer with its goal of filling 130 positions. West Point, Ga.-based Powertech America Inc. hopes to fill the positions on its production and maintenance teams and in other areas including purchasing, accounting and quality control
With the economy slowly reviving, federal funding to retrain the unemployed is back to pre-recession levels. Georgia workforce development officers say, they counted on federal stimulus funds to double their worker training programs.
The Great Dane facility is opening for production following a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new plant comes little more than a year after the company broke ground on its newest manufacturing plant in Statesboro. Great Dane's new plant is expected to bring more than 400 jobs to the area.
The $200 million Caterpillar facility along the border of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties is creating 1,400 jobs. But University of Georgia economic forecaster Jeff Humphreys predicts more openings will emerge.