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Starbucks makes commitment to Augusta stronger

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The deal is done. As Starbucks counts down to the opening of its first US manufacturing plant they're ready to start hiring for their facility. Brining nearly 150 jobs to Augusta, the gourmet coffee company is making sure they get the cream of the crop.

"Between getting the right talent, and secondly getting the right training program, is a must for us to be a world class manufacturing site," said Partha Kundu, Senior VP Manufacturing of Starbucks Global.

The "right talent" coming from Augusta Tech. And the "right training program" offered up by Quickstart, a workforce training company in Georgia. Thursday the leaders of the partnering groups signed a training agreement ensuring Augusta Tech will educate qualified candidates, Quickstart will adequately train them, and Starbucks will keep Augusta's best and brightest in the Garden City.

"I'm a native Augustan so it's exciting to see this opportunity for our community," said Lisa Palmer, VP Economic Development of Augusta Tech.

The new Starbucks factory will produce instant coffee packages, shipping out all over the world. The plant is a $172 million investment, occupying 100 acres in Augusta Commercial Park in Richmond County.

"It's exciting to see it here for our students. As an employee of the college, I know the quality of this company, and I think it's going to give a lot of people opportunities, and will probably help us attract other companies of this caliber to the Augusta area," Palmer said.

Augusta Tech will house Starbucks' administrative services while the plant is under construction. Pretty soon they'll start the hiring process, and the factory will be up and running early next year.


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