Parkdale expanding, adding jobs

(by Charles Robertson)

A local employer reveals plans to expand and add more jobs.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week that Parkdale Mills, the largest spun yarn manufacturer in the country, will expand its production plants in Rabun Gap, creating 210 new jobs in the area and investing $85 million.

“When a successful Georgia operation like Parkdale Mills decides to expand its facility and its employment roster it’s a win for all concerned especially for our workforce,” said Deal.

Ray Coulombe, Executive Director of the Development Authority of Rabun County says the expansion benefits the community in other ways as well.

“Well I think that there are a couple of good things. One I think it tells the community they are going to be here for a long time, they’ve been a prominent corporate citizen for quite a while. I also think it sends a very positive message to other industries that might be thinking of coming to Rabun County that this is a great place to do business.”

Hiring is already under way and the company will begin installing equipment in early 2014 and hopes to have the expansion complete by the end of next year.