DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A German automotive supplier will create 178 jobs and invest $39 million in Laurens County.
Erdrich Umformtechnik broke ground on it's 130,000-square-foot facility in Dublin Thursday. The new plant will be located on Willie Paulk Parkway. It's the company's first location in the U.S. and the city of Dublin was very diligent in making sure the facility was built in Middle Georgia.
The green and growing city's unemployment rate has climbed into the double digits. The Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority is confident it's incentive packages will help attract bigger businesses. Big businesses mean more jobs for the citizens.
"I think we'll start seeing the unemployment rate go down. Over, the next year, I think we'll see it go down dramatically", said Cal Wray, Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority President.
Erdrich Umformtechnik was offered construction funds, a tax abatement and workforce training incentives from the city. Just a few ways Dublin plans to remain competitive. Wray says the city has had record-breaking unemployment this year but it's also had record-breaking business moves.
The plant is expected to be finished by 2013.