Good economic news for the city of Tuskegee. A new industry is coming to town, and it's bringing with it 300 new jobs.
Mayor Omar Neal says economic development has come to Tuskegee in a big way. This fall, a manufacturing plant will open here off Highway 199 creating 120 jobs.
Convertible Structure Solutions, Inc. is setting up shop in Tuskegee.
The company manufactures energy-efficient mobile homes and commercial structures.
CSSI will start building a manufacturing plant this fall. Once that's complete 120 jobs will open.
And down the line, the company will expand and hire another 180 people.
Neal says the new jobs come at a critical time. He says the community has been in devastation after losing more than 2,000 jobs when Victoryland closed.
"Now we are beginning to incrementally bring those jobs. From diversity and industry is what we want to do," says Neal.
"Everything is going to be locally driven. Even the contractors that try to work on the project," says C.K. Johnson with CSSI. "We try to make sure it's the power of the people power of the local."
Johnson says the goal is to start hiring early next year, and in three years, hopes to begin the expansion.
CSSI representatives say they chose Tuskegee, because it's close to Atlanta and the international aviation market.