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Sunday February 7th, 2016 1:01AM

Parkdale Mills to create over 200 jobs in Rabun Co.

By Alyson Shields Reporter
RABUN GAP - Parkdale Mills, the country's largest manufacturer of spun yarn, is expanding its production plants in Rabun Gap, creating about 200 new jobs.

Governor Nathan Deal announced the expansion today. "When a successful Georgia operation like Parkdale Mills decides to expand its facility and its employment roster, it's a win for all concerned, especially for our workforce," Deal said in a press release.

The company will create 210 jobs and is investing $85 million . The expansion will occur in two phases, but the facility will stay open at all times. Each phase will hire half of the total jobs.

The company purchased the 750,000 square foot Hanes Brands facility at 815 John Beck Dockins Road in Rabun Gap in 2009. Installation of equipment will begin in early 2014 and is expected to be completed later that same year. The facility will stay open during the entire process, but is converting from a 100 percent cotton t-shirt line to a polyester/cotton blended yarn for performance wear.

Hiring for the expansion has already begun and should be completed by the end of 2014.
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