COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce says the announcement of Kellogg's closing completely blindsided them.
They tell us the company informed the Chamber in 2013 that they would begin consolidating, under the code name: Project K.
Around that same time, the Chamber says they were working with the company to provide expansion opportunities. While the announcement was a surprise, they say there is a silver lining for those losing work.
"We're working on a number of projects that are -- that will create literally hundreds of jobs over the next three to five years," explains Bill Murphy, Executive Vice President of Development for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. "Some of those projects have already been announced like the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. So, if there's anything, there's a little bit of a silver lining that the economy, while not as quickly as we would like, is picking up steam."
Once Kellogg's completely closes its doors, more than 300 people will be out of work.
Murphy says the exact impact of the closing is still unknown since the layoffs will be done in phases.
He tells us the chamber is hopeful that the upcoming job opportunities will provide ample employment opportunities for Kellogg employees who do not want to relocate to a different facility.