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POSTED: February 16, 2007 5:06 a.m.
It is almost time for the newest addition to North Bryan County’s Interstate Centre Industrial Park to open for business.
At 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 a variety of Oneida executives and Bryan County dignitaries met to announce the signing of an intensive training program run by Georgia Quick Start.
Signing the agreement were Oneida’s Black Creek Facility Operations General Manager Mike Smith, Quick Start’s Regional Director Jan Melcher, and C.B. Rathburn, president of Savannah Technical College.
Also on hand were representatives from Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as well as Bryan County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed and Commissioner Ed Bacon.
Started in 1967, Georgia’s Quick Start program supplies training services to new Georgia industries at no cost. They are just beginning the first of many two day pre-employment training program at Oneida this week for the company’s new hires.
This week they were training 80, with an average of 40-50 to be trained in the following weeks.
Although they have already received over 500 applications, the staff at Oneida Ltd. is still accepting applications for many positions.
Oneida Ltd. Is an old American company that began with the establishment of the Oneida community in upstate New York in 1848. Founder John Humphrey Noyes established this society with two basic tenets: self-improvement, and self-reliance, both within their communal society. They grew and canned fruit, built animal traps, and even spun silk.
The company Oneida was started in 1880, with its first product offered for sale being table flatware.
The company has expanded its product line to include many other products, including stainless, silverplated, and sterling silver flatware and holloware, fine china dinnerware, and a variety of crystal and glass stemware.
Their North Bryan County operation replaces their old East Coast distribution center in New York. The new 500,000 square foot facility is state-of-the-art and cost nearly $11 million dollars to construct.
Once in full swing, the center will employ nearly 160 people, whose wages will average between $9- $15 per hour.
At least 20 employees from Oneida’s New York distribution center are transferring to the Black Creek facility. This new facility is the largest Oneida has in the US, will operate on four shifts: two daytime shifts; one second shift; and one third shift. It will operate from Monday morning at 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. At present there are no plans for a retail outlet store on site.
 

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