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Welcome Firth Rixson, hope you prosper here

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POSTED: January 20, 2010 10:14 a.m.
Last year was rough on Liberty County. A Defense Department decision delayed — possibly ended — hopes that a new brigade would be stationed at Fort Stewart. Several levels of local government decided they could not help finance a new campus for Armstrong Atlantic State University in downtown Hinesville, Brewton-Parker College closed its Flemington campus, several businesses decided they had had enough, another deployment that will have most of our soldiers away for most of this year started and we suffered through the deepest recession since the Great Depression.
So the announcement early this year that a British manufacturer, Firth Rixson, Ltd., had chosen to put a 200-job plant in east Liberty County was more than welcome news. It was needed.
The details of the deal that attracted the company here have yet to be released.
But at this point the Firth Rixson announcement should be considered nothing but positive. The county needs the jobs, the economic diversity and exposure the plant will bring.
According to Liberty County Development Authority Chairman Allen Brown: “We are very pleased Firth Rixson has selected our environmentally sensitive and well designed Tradeport East Business Center for its new facility. Firth Rixson joins an already robust existing industry base in Liberty County where approximately 70 percent of our current employment is tied to companies headquartered abroad. Companies like Firth Rixson have found Liberty County to be a place where they can grow globally.”
Brown, other members of the authority and area and state officials who worked on the project should be congratulated. And Firth Rixson officials should be thanked for the ray of hope.
 

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