SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- Since January, more than 14 major companies have committed to bringing 5,300 new jobs to Georgia. Fifteen hundred of those jobs are coming from pharmaceutical giant Baxter International.
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Baxter has been lured to Georgia, at least in part, with $78 million in state incentives. The company says they will build its new plant in Newton County, with a projected opening date of 2018.
Jobs with Baxter will be tied to a number of specialties and educational levels.
Baxter says job openings will range from the laboratory to the stockroom, and include positions in engineering, project management, manufacturing, maintenance, quality control, IT and laboratories sciences.
"There still will be a need for further education beyond a high school diploma but certainly at a minimum you will need a high school diploma," said Roger Harrison of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
"In projects such as Baxter, having access and close accessibility to major colleges and universities like the University of Georgia, Emory, Georgia State and Georgia Tech. all of those institutions that many of the future employees of Baxter will actually graduate from," said Gov. Nathan Deal.
Baxter says they will begin hiring for their new operation within the next two years.
In addition, they said they plan to bring 60 people on board to help supervise construction of the facility.