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Columbus Gourmet Inc. brings 50 new jobs

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Gourmet Incorporated is a name you may recognize, but now the local company is expanding. They've now moved to a building in Columbus and it will be, like their motto says, "where great food begins".

President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Mike Gaymon spoke highly of the President of Columbus Gourmet Inc., "He had a dream, he had a vision, he had a passion. When you see businesses with all those combinations, it's a matter of time before great things happen."

And great things are happening for Columbus Gourmet Incorporated. The company announced it will be opening its new 30,000 square foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park.

"We had the concept of consolidating operations into one environment and we're able to make an array of food products for several businesses," said the company's President CEO Bryan Stone.

The company started in 2004 and now sells products to national retailers like Whole Foods Market, Food Lion and Publix.

Gaymon told News Leader Nine, "Columbus Gourmet is a small business that's getting bigger and it validates that we are a region that has tremendous potential and we're looking forward to this company growing and adding more jobs."

And that's just what they're doing. Columbus Gourmet plans to hire 50 additional employees by the end of the year.

"We know that jobs are huge right now. We know every family budget is faced with the reality of having to stretch that budget and not only are we providing jobs, but we're providing food," said Stone.

Brands like Aunt Pearlie's Dinner Sides and Kendrick Gourmet have joined the Columbus Gourmet family.

Stone added, "All the desks we have are kitchen tables because we want you to some in and realize when you sit down with us, it's like sitting at the kitchen table. We want to be like family."

Columbus Gourmet has teamed up with "Two Thousand Opportunities Incorporated" to provide some of those new jobs to low income members around the community.

The plant should be fully operational by the end of the month.

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