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COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - NCR announced Tuesday it would locate a manufacturing and research and development facility in Columbus -- creating 870 jobs over the next five years.

"Our decision to in-source our North American ATM production will drive world-class innovation, create jobs in the US and help extend our leadership position in North America," said Bill Nuti, chairman and chief executive officer of NCR.

"As self-service ATM technology becomes more innovative and strategic to financial institutions, the ability to control manufacturing in key markets becomes core to NCR's growth strategy. The pro-business environment in both the City of Columbus and the State of Georgia is critical in enabling NCR to make this strategic, long term, investment."

"Today is an exciting day for the Columbus Region," said Mayor Jim Wetherington. "Columbus is adding another fortune 500 company, NCR, to its roll of employers."

The Columbus facility will act as an innovation hub for the next generation NCR SelfServ ATM family. The facility will produce advanced technology that enables consumers to use ATMs for a growing range of financial transactions such as no-envelope deposit.

"This is a perfect example of how our public/private partnership works for the good of all", said Russ Carreker, Chair of the Board for the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

The Chair of the Development Authority, Dick Ellis, put it this way, "The Development Authority of Columbus never gave up on finding a way to make this project become a reality."

"We're proud that NCR will benefit from Georgia's deep experience in advanced manufacturing," said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "The company's new operation in Columbus will contribute to its continued success in the global marketplace."

"A project like this puts a big stake in the ground for continued economic growth for the Columbus Region," said Mike Gaymon, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. "The Chamber's staff, along with the dozens of volunteers from both public and private sectors, worked tirelessly and unselfishly resulting in one of the largest manufacturing announcements in the State since the KIA announcement in West Point, which is also a part of the Valley Partnership Region."

"The announcement that a quality company like NCR will bring hundreds of valuable jobs to Columbus is excellent news," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "We are happy to join city and state officials in welcoming NCR with open arms. I am confident that their experience here in Columbus, with a rich workforce, will be as rewarding as it has been for Aflac for more than 50 years. Congratulations to the state, the city and NCR on this great economic news."

"As a member of the Department of Economic Development Board, I am excited to welcome NCR to the great state of Georgia. We hope this is the beginning of a successful and long term partnership between the company and our home state. Georgia is an outstanding place to do business, and we're confident that NCR's arrival will have a positive economic impact for the region and its people," said Richard Anthony, Synovus Chairman and CEO.

NCR, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Quick Start, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development, and Columbus Technical College, will begin the application process for its Columbus facility via the NCR's website  or the Georgia Department of Labor's web site

NCR will initially begin the hiring process tomorrow for 26 of 59 professional positions, including engineering and management positions. Applicants may apply online and those in need of Internet access may use computers at any Georgia Department of Labor Career Center.

Job seekers interested in the 88 production positions, including material handlers and assemblers, should attend the NCR hiring event scheduled for June 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Columbus Career Center located at 700 Veterans Parkway.

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Those holding a Work Ready Certification are also encouraged to apply. Those seeking a Work Ready Certificate may contact Columbus Technical College at 706-649-1822 to schedule their free assessment or Chattahoochee Community College at 334-291-4984 and take the assessment at no cost.