Ground breaks on new plant in Dublin, 178 jobs expected
The city of Dublin is getting another pick me up from a European company as German auto supplier Erdrich Umformtechnik broke ground Thursday on the site of its new $39 million facility.
Erdrich is the third foreign company to locate to Dublin in the past two years. The metal stamping facility will supply parts to other supply companies in North America.
"I feel very confident, that our company will be a great benefit for the city of Dublin and the region," said Erdrich CEO Georg Erdrich.
The 130,000 square foot facility is expected to create 178 new jobs, most of which, Dublin-Laurens Development Authority Chairman Jimmy Allgood says, will be local.
"We've been sitting on twelve to fourteen percent unemployment for the last two years, lost a lot of textile jobs in our community, and I think this really will provide the impetus for us to go forward," Allgood said.
Allgood says the state and local government was able to draw the company to Dublin by offering an incentive package that includes tax breaks, land, cash incentives, and a low interest loan.
He says the sweet deal has already drawn more businesses to look at potential sites in the area.
"We have three or four other suppliers, that are looking at our community now, and the work that we've done in the last seven or eight years, getting ready for this has been critical," Allgood said.
Although Allgood says the deal is generous he says the total cost per job created is "very small" at $10,000 a job.
People interested in working for the company can apply and get additional information at the Laurens County Department of Labor Office. Construction on the new plant is expected to be finished by September 2013.