NCR, KIA suppliers bringing 100s of new jobs

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  NCR is making the most of their $30 million investment in Columbus.

City officials say the manufacturer won't just be assembling ATM machines at their local plant. The company is also gearing up to make DVD kiosks and self-service kiosks seen in store checkout lines.

Now, 100 spots are up for grabs for production assemblers and material handlers.

"In addition to the assembly line and manufacturing, they've also brought a call center here from South Carolina. That'll be an additional 100 jobs. They've already started hiring for the call center. We anticipate by the end of the summer that NCR will be up to 500 employees there," explained Becca Hardin, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, in Troup County, two new automotive suppliers are joining KIA's fleet. Dae Ha America is creating 44 new jobs and Hanil E-Hwa is creating close to 200 jobs over the next 3 years.

"We've had some closings. We had a major industry announce closings. T-Mobile had a repair center here and that was 250 people laid off. Emerson, another 250 jobs lost. But the good news is, KIA continues to bring suppliers. They want to be closer by for transportation costs. Hopefully, we can accommodate jobs being lost with these new companies coming in," said Jane Fryer, with LaGrange's Development Authority.

"With projects like Aflac's growth, NCR's growth, Fort Benning's growth and obviously everything that's going on related to KIA, we've been in a great spot in the state of Georgia to be able to survive this recession," Hardin added.

Applicants can register for NCR's openings at the Department of Labor's Columbus Career Center on Veterans Parkway in downtown Columbus.

Those interested in applying with Hanil E-Hwa should mail a resume to the Hanil E-Hwa Human Resource Department at 104 Wiley Road, LaGrange, GA 30240.

The Columbus Career Center on Veterans Parkway will also be helping Malone Staffing fill 200 positions in LaGrange and West Point on Saturday July 17th from 8 AM- 12 noon.

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