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Propex, QuickStart Signing


Propex Operating Company, Georgia Quick Start and Altamaha Technical College Launch Workforce Training Initiative Training Plan For Company Signed in Ceremony in Hazlehurst

March 12, 2013 - 1:30 P.M.
Propex Operating Company - 95 E. Jefferson Street - Hazlehurst, Georgia





Representatives of Propex, Quick Start and Altamaha Technical College, as well as key community supporters, attended the Workforce Training Initiative Signing Tuesday, March 12 at Propex Operating Company LLC in Hazlehurst. Pictured from left, seated and signing the agreement, are Quick Start representative Ron Russell, Propex Operating Company Plant Manager Kurt Davis and Altamaha Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover. Standing, from left, are Ryan Waldrep (Georgia Department of Economic Development Regional Project Manager), Chris Tanner (Propex Operating Company), Keith Carter (Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis County, Hazlehurst and Denton), Hank Hobbs (Altamaha Technical College Division of Economic Development), Jan Melcher (Executive Director of Altamaha Technical College Division of Economic Development), Randy Rowell (Altamaha Technical College and Quick Start Instructor). (Photo by Kelley Arnold Roark)

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (March 12, 2013) – Propex Operating Company LLC in Hazlehurst, Ga., recently announced a training partnership with Georgia Quick Start and Altamaha Technical College. The partnership will support the addition of new jobs and equipment at the facility to meet growing customer demands for Propex’s line of woven products.

Quick Start will develop and deliver hands-on training on the company’s unique manufacturing processes, including machine operations and quality control. Altamaha Technical College will be Propex’s long-term workforce training partner.

“We’re honored to be able to support Propex Operating Company in their expansion,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner of economic development programs and head of Quick Start. “We look forward to providing advanced manufacturing technology training for this well-respected Georgia operation.”

The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a Project Study that was conducted at the Propex plant in Hazlehurst. The training agreement supports the company’s commitment to create 22 new jobs for Georgians in the Jeff Davis 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: Propex Operating Company LLC, Altamaha 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. Altamaha Technical College will be available to assist Propex Operating Company LLC with ongoing training programs.

“I am very pleased for Altamaha Technical College to be a training partner with Propex and Quick Start,” said Lorette M. Hoover, Altamaha Technical College president. “Propex has been a key employer and corporate citizen in this community for many years. We congratulate them as they enhance their local operation.”

“Propex appreciates the opportunity to work with Quick Start and Altamaha Technical College,” said Kurt Davis, Propex Operating Company plant manager. “We are confident that our training needs will be met and our employees will be prepared to meet our future customer demands by producing a quality product.”

About Propex Operating Company LLC

– The Hazlehurst plant began operation in the early 1950s and produces woven products. The main business is primary and secondary carpet backing. The primary backing is produced from tape yarn and the secondary backing is produced from tape and spun yarns. These yarns are used internally and are also sold to external customers.

About Georgia Quick Start

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 1,019,000 employees through 6,300 projects with a broad range of industries. For more information, visit

About Altamaha Technical College

Altamaha Technical College’s economic development division provides customized training for business and industry. The training provided is specifically designed to meet the organization’s standards of quality and performance.


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