Cartersville business expansion means new jobs
by Mark Andrews
Mar 30, 2011 | 5546 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sanford Chandler, from left, Lee Barnes and Jackie Rohosky sign documents and enter into a formal agreement that will provide 57 new jobs to the area.
MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Sanford Chandler, from left, Lee Barnes and Jackie Rohosky sign documents and enter into a formal agreement that will provide 57 new jobs to the area. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Applied Thermoplastic Resources of Cartersville, Chattahoochee Technical College and Georgia Quick Start on Tuesday entered a formal agreement that includes the hiring of about 27 new ATR employees for a total of 57 new jobs in the company's expansion.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this," said Sanford Chandler, president of CTC. "Our mission is workforce and economic development and this [agreement] applies to both."

Lee Barnes is the director of manufacturing for ATR. He said the company already has hired about 30 employees in the expansion, but hopes to add more in the next three years.

"We think there are a lot of other business potential with the automotive industry that's coming into the area and the state of Georgia, so certainly we hope we can grow beyond 57 [new employees]," Barnes said.

Applied Thermoplastic Resources, located on South Erwin Street, is a post-industrial nylon manufacturer, drawing from the waste supply of north Georgia's carpet manufacturing industry. The company currently has more than 130 employees and, according to a press release, is the largest re-processor of nylon resins in the world.

"About 99 percent of the material that comes in is recyclable," Barnes said.

He said the company will hire operator-level positions, maintenance-level positions and some office staff and plans for all positions to be fulltime.

Barnes would not provide a salary range for the positions, but did say the lowest paying position pays "a little more" than minimum wage and that salary is largely based on the applicant's skill set.

Jonathan Warner, director of economic development at CTC, explained job training will be provided for free through a combination of CTC contract instructors and Quick Start instructors. He said a large amount of training will be held on the ATR site while other training will be done on the North Metro Campus when necessary.

Georgia Quick Start, part of the technical college system of Georgia, has provided free job training services to qualified businesses for more than 40 years as an incentive for moving to the state or expanding current operations.

"The whole reason we're here is because ATR is creating 57 new jobs with this latest expansion," said Mike Grundmann, director of northern projects operations for Georgia Quick Start. "What we do is provide a wide range of training services, the focus being on training that is customized to each company's processes, equipment and procedures."

Quick Start's training program is expected to focus on the needs of ATR's maintenance team in supporting the company's equipment and providing training materials for new employees to assist in learning new manufacturing processes.

"Applied Thermoplastic Resources is creating exactly the type of high-tech 21st century advanced manufacturing jobs we're proud to help bring to Georgia," said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner of economic development programs and head of Quick Start. "We're honored to work with this world-class company and with Chattahoochee Technical College on such an exciting project."

Applications are available at ATR, 707 S. Erwin St., and through Temps Excel Inc.

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