This story’s silver lining may be made of brick.

Last summer, Concord Fabrics announced that it planned to close its textile plant, leaving 135 people without jobs. Around the same time, a second deal was negotiated: one that would bring jobs into the area.

Rath Refractories Inc. of Austria, bought the spec building in Milledgeville’s industrial park last summer. Rath will make a small addition to the building. The company plans to manufacture high-end, high-temperature bricks, according to Angie Gheesling, executive director of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County.

So far, the company has hired 17 of the 20 people it hopes to hire. All but two of the people hired had been Concord employees.

“And it was really a bonus to them,” Gheesling said, referring to Rath’s decision to hire former employees of Concord.



For full story, please see the Feb. 28, 2006 edition of The Union-Recorder.

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