Today’s Buzz: Quick Start Partner for Job Creation
Augusta — Solo Cup Company is growing in Augusta, creating more than 70 jobs while adding new technology and processes. Quick Start will be the company’s partner in developing and delivering training for the new positions providing Solo employees with the advanced manufacturing skills to help the company continue to grow and thrive in Georgia.
Solo’s Augusta facility, which manufactures beverage cups, is adding new extrusion and printing equipment and expanding its forming processes in Augusta to meet increasing demand.
Quick Start is designing training for the new employees that will include equipment operation, safety, quality and advanced manufacturing technologies.
“Quick Start is very pleased to be partnering once again with Solo Cup Company as they continue to grow and create jobs in Georgia,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner of economic development programs and head of Quick Start. “We’ve worked with this world-class company here in Augusta and at other Georgia operations many times. We’re honored to continue helping Solo bring good jobs to Georgia.”
Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 779,000 employees through 5,800 projects with a broad range of industries.
On September 21, Solo Cup Company representatives signed an agreement with Georgia Quick Start and Augusta Technical College to provide customized training for the new employees. The signing ceremony was held at 10:00AM at the Solo manufacturing facility.
The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a Project Study that was conducted at Solo in Augusta. The training agreement is based on Solo’s commitment to provide approximately 72 new jobs for Georgians in the Richmond County area. Quick Start will be designing and developing training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.
The training program involves three distinct partners: Solo Cup Company, Augusta Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Augusta Technical College will be available to assist Solo with ongoing training programs.
“Augusta Technical College has a strong history of supporting Solo with its workforce development needs,” said Terry Elam, president of Augusta Technical College. “We are glad to partner once again as Solo expands its production in Augusta. This is great news for our community, and we are proud to be a strategic partner in facilitating the company’s growth.”
Pictured in Company, Quick Start & Community Photo – Left to right:
- Sue Parr, President/CEO, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Terry Elam, President, Augusta Technical College
- Lisa Phillips, Human Resource Manager, Solo Cup Company
- Jim Rahn, Plant manager, Solo Cup Company
- Lisa Palmer, Vice President Economic Development, Augusta Technical College
- Walter Sprouse, Executive Director, Development Authority of Richmond County
- Jan Melcher, Director Eastern Operations, Georgia Quick Start
- Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Augusta
- Adela Kelly, Regional Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development
- Karen Nixon, Assistant to Mayor Copenhaver
Eddie Fite, Manager Eastern Project Operations, Georgia Quick Start