StampTech to open Newton County facility

COVINGTON -- The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has announced that StampTech Inc. of Virginia will open a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Chamisa Business Park in western Newton County.

StampTech is a full-service sheet metal fabricator, specializing in high-volume punching, laser processing, forming and welding. The Newton County facility will employ 40 at full build-out, but will open with five skilled laborers.

"We are excited to be in Georgia and in Newton County," said Ken Horner, chief financial officer of StampTech. "The business environment coupled with the positive attitude and professional approach of the (Chamber's) economic development staff made our decision easy. Newton County is the ideal place for us to grow our manufacturing base in the region."

The Chamber's Senior Vice President of Economic Development Roger Harrison pointed out in making the announcement that Newton County is a Georgia Certified Work Ready Community, signifying that the community's workforce is highly skilled and trained to meet the needs of StampTech and other existing and potential businesses in the region.

"We are extremely pleased that StampTech has chosen Newton County for its new manufacturing facility," Harrison said. "StampTech's nearly $3 million investment in their equipment and facility, coupled with 40 jobs at full build-out, represents a solid commitment to their future in Georgia. This means 40 more of our residents can shorten their commute, 40 more families can put their kids in Newton County recreation or arts association activities and 40 more families can afford to put a quality and nutritious meal on their dinner tables."

The Chamisa Business Park fronts Interstate 20 and is located between Almon and Salem roads. StampTech is taking over a building that has not been occupied for two years.

Founded in 1996, the company services the Southeast, concentrating their business in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

StampTech is accepting applications for the initial five positions that will be needed to open the facility. Resumes can be submitted to janderson@stamptech-inc.com.

The announcement of the new sheet metal plant was made in conjunction with the Chamber's monthly announcement of job openings in Newton County on the steps of the Historic Courthouse. Those businesses in the county with job openings are invited to announce the openings and ring a bell signifying how many new jobs are available in the county. This month the bell tolled 19 times.

Most new job openings are in production, and representatives from the following companies were present to announce the positions:

-- Wagner Staffing Solutions has seven openings, which include machine operators, packers, forklift operators, janitorial supervisors, uniform security and maintenance technicians;

-- Clairon Metals is looking for two second shift equipment operators;

-- Randstad Staffing has openings for a machinist and in maintenance;

-- Valspar Paints has three openings -- one in production; one in maintenance, and one quality control technician.

The Chamber also announced a boot camp on job seeking on March 13 and a job fair on March 15.

For more information about any of the job openings or programs, call the Chamber at 770-786-7510 or go to their website at www.newtonchamber.com.

The next "Ring the Bell for Job Creation in Newton County" event will be held April 6.