ROME, Ga. -- Ground broke Wednesday on a huge new Lowe's Home Improvement distribution center, which promises to bring hundreds of jobs to Rome.
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The governor's office is billing it as "the largest job-creation project for the state since he took office."
"It's 600 jobs in the next few years for Lowe's," said Chris Cummiskey, Georgia Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. "It's a great part of the state that needed jobs. It will pull from Floyd, Gordon, Bartow. It's on the border of all three, so it will have a fairly direct impact fairly quickly."
The groundbreaking ceremony took place at 9 a.m. at The Forum in Rome.
Meanwhile, two local employers are holding job fairs on Wednesday.
Rent-A-Center needs to fill a variety of positions, from customer service and sales representatives to managers and delivery workers.
The company's job fair will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in East Point.
Also in East Point, South Fulton Medical Center is looking to hire registered nurses.
The hospital will hold interviews from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main auditorium.
Applicants will need at least a year of experience. Anyone hired for a full-time Emergency Room position will get a $5,000 signing bonus.