Baker & Taylor, a leading provider of books and services to public libraries nationwide, has announced plans to expand its operations in the Commerce area.
The announcement came Tuesday morning from Gov. Brian Kemp's office.
"I am thrilled Baker & Taylor has found success in Commerce, Georgia," said Kemp in an official press statement. "Making Georgia a better place for existing industries to grow their operations is a top priority of my administration. We couldn’t be more proud when one of our own doubles down on our state and creates new job opportunities for hardworking Georgians."
Baker & Taylor, based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, plans to fill 115 new jobs, including additional shifts, at its 276,000 square foot service center located at 251 Mt. Olive Church Road. Hiring will start immediately, according to the governor's office.
The company opened its Commerce facility in 1972.
"Baker & Taylor has been a proud member of the Commerce, Georgia business community for almost fifty years. We are thrilled to continue to grow our family of team members in the area. The exceptional service our Commerce-based team provides is well-regarded throughout the public library industry and is instrumental as we grow our business,” said Aman Kochar, Executive Vice President of Public Library Sales and Technology at Baker & Taylor.
Baker & Taylor supports 6,000 public library systems, representing 90 percent of all U.S. public libraries. The company has capacity to ship over 46 million units annually out of its Commerce center. The Jackson County facility also houses Baker & Taylor’s library customer support call center, inside sales, and technical service teams.
"I am so proud of Baker & Taylor’s announcement to expand their operations in Commerce,” said Mayor Clark Hill, City of Commerce. “They have been a mainstay in the East Jackson Corridor for decades. The confidence that they have in our community is evident in the planned financial investment and creation of over 115 new jobs. We are so excited to watch another existing industry enjoy success in Commerce."