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Ready Pac salad plant adding more jobs

The salad maker Ready Pac is adding more employees to its Jackson location, state and local officials announced last week.

After announcing plans this summer to add as many as 140 positions by early September, Butts County Development Authority Director Laura Hale said the company plans to add more than 50 additional positions.

In a statement, Gov. Nathan Deal said “Ready Pac’s decision to expand operations here for the second time illustrates how our workforce, business climate and other assets make Georgia one of the best places to do business nationwide.”

Before ramping up its workforce this summer with a series of job fairs at the Butts County Administration Building, Ready Pac employed 325 full-time workers and 50 in part-time positions, Hale said.

The Irwindale, Calif.-based company cut jobs from the Jackson plant in early 2012 citing a need to scale back production based on market demands. Company executives would not say at the time how many jobs were being eliminated, but said the layoffs affected mostly workers on the second shift.

The positions being added in the newest expansion include supervisor, machine operators, forklift operators, mechanics and line workers.

Hale said the Quick Start job-training program will be helping Ready Pac with training, and the Georgia Department of Labor’s Griffin Career Center will be helping with recruiting.

“It was so exciting when Ready Pac decided to expand earlier this year, and the news of additional jobs being created is outstanding,” said Bryan Bush, chairman of the Development Authority of Butts County. “Butts County is grateful for the continued partnership from Ready Pac and the team who helped make this expansion possible.”