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Golden State expansion to add 60 jobs

Special Photo. From left to right, Dr. Robin Hoffman, president of DeKalb Technical College, Larry McGill, chief operating officer, Golden State Foods, and Jackie Rohosky, head of Georgia's Quick Start program, sign the agreement to provide a training program at Golden State Foods' Conyers facility for 60 new positions as part of the company's expansion at the plant's liquid products division, which includes syrups, sauces, condiments, dressings and other products for clients like McDonald's.

Special Photo. From left to right, Dr. Robin Hoffman, president of DeKalb Technical College, Larry McGill, chief operating officer, Golden State Foods, and Jackie Rohosky, head of Georgia's Quick Start program, sign the agreement to provide a training program at Golden State Foods' Conyers facility for 60 new positions as part of the company's expansion at the plant's liquid products division, which includes syrups, sauces, condiments, dressings and other products for clients like McDonald's.

CONYERS -- Golden State Foods announced Monday it added 60 new positions following an expansion its facility on Old Covington Road.

The company is a national food supplier providing 20,000 restaurants with services that include raw material and equipment sourcing and procurement, food processing/manufacturing, custom distribution and on-site services.

The expansion in Conyers is in the company's liquid products division, which includes syrups, sauces, condiments, dressings and other products for clients like McDonald's.

Along with the announcement of the expansion, the company said it had entered into a partnership with DeKalb Technical College and Georgia's Quick Start program to provide customized training for the new positions.

"Programs like Quick Start are why we continue to raise the bar while investing in our most important assets, our people," said Larry McGill, Golden State Foods chief operating officer, in a written statement released Monday. "A new hire who is trained early on allows us a better success rate for keeping qualified workers and long-term retention."

The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a project study conducted at Golden State Foods' Conyers facility. The training agreement was based on the company's commitment to provide the new jobs for Georgians in Rockdale County and surrounding areas. Quick Start designed and developed training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.

Quick Start is the state's economic development program that provides customized work force training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia.

DeKalb Technical College will be available to assist Golden State Foods with ongoing training programs after the Quick Start training is completed.

The food manufacturer agreed earlier this year to lease 100,952 of space located at 1475 Ga. Highway 138 as part of the expansion.