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POSTED: April 8, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Several Liberty County Development Authority (LCDA) board and staff members visited the Hugo Boss expansion in the Midway Industrial Park: From left to right, LCDA CEO Ron Tolley, LCDA Board Member and Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas, LCDA Chairman Allen Brown, LCDA Vice-Chairman and Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver, and LCDA Director of Administration & Finance Carmen Cole.

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Hugo Boss, a leading manufacturer of upscale men's and women's clothing and accessories, is expanding its Midway distribution center.
The current, 165,000-sq.-ft. building in the Midway Industrial Park is being more than doubled to 330,000 sq. ft. The $6.8 million expansion will result in 75 new jobs bringing the German company's workforce here to approximately 200.
The company chose Liberty County for the center in 2002. Bill Scott, Hugo Boss chief operating officer, said Liberty was chosen over competing communities in both Georgia and South Carolina.
"The decision was made based on several criteria," Scott said. "We did a logistics analysis based on what they offered us.  There is nothing Liberty County has not done to accommodate us."
Local officials have similar feelings about the company.
"We are excited that Hugo Boss is expanding their distribution center in our Midway Industrial Park in Liberty County," Liberty County Development Authority Chairman Allen Brown said. "Hugo Boss' expansion is a testament to Liberty County's qualified and available workforce and business-friendly climate."
Scott said the labor pool here has been a bonus.
"We have not had trouble filling available slots.  We have had a steady applicant flow," he explained.
After six successful years in Liberty County, the company is expanding facility to bolster operations.  This is the first step in a five-year plan to increase operations, Scott said.
In order to meet the increased demand for additional space, construction has already begun and is expected to be done in May.
 

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