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Coats & Clark hub expansion to add 25 jobs

Photo by Bill Strickland

Photo by Bill Strickland

An expansion of Coats & Clark's distribution hub in Albany is expected to create 25 new jobs here, economic development officials say.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced this morning that Coats & Clark will relocate its North American distribution hub to Albany, expanding its current distribution operations.

"We welcome this additional investment by Coats and are proud that Georgia workers will continue to have the opportunity to contribute to this global company's success," said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Coats' decision to expand in Albany is a strong testament to the region's superb work force and its strategic location for commerce."

Coats and Clark will lease a 280,000-square-foot distribution center on Holly Drive in Albany to consolidate its distribution operations. Coats will hire up to 20 workers by the end of 2010 and add up to five more as it completes its expansion, officials said.

"Our research showed that Albany's strategic location in proximity to major trucking corridors, coupled with the fact that the center is situated close to one of our major manufacturing sites, made it an excellent fit for our new North American distribution center," said Jeff Thompson, director of human resources for Coats & Clark North America. "Our relationship with Albany over the last 62 years has been excellent, and the city's location and work force are ideally suited to our plans for growth and continued customer satisfaction."

Coats & Clark's Albany distribution center supports the yarn/consumer customer base for North America. It is located in close proximity to the Albany manufacturing location. The manufacturing facility in Albany currently employs more than 300 workers, whose jobs will not be affected by this expansion.

"Coats & Clark has been a member of Albany-Dougherty County's industrial family for decades, and we are honored that the company has chosen to relocate its North American distribution hub to our community," said Ted Clem, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. "In expanding here, Coats & Clark takes further advantage of the affordability of doing business in Albany-Dougherty County as well as of its skilled work force. We don't take their trust in us for granted."

Michelle Shaw, project manager for GDEcD, also assisted the company with this project.