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A local firm is looking to expand its employment by approximately 50 new jobs and the company is currently seeking prospective candidates.
Nivel Parts and Manufacturing has hired more than 50 employees already and Grady County Joint Development Authority Executive Director Julian Brown says the company is looking to hire an additional 50 employees.
The local manufacturer is planning a job fair for early December that will last multiple days. A job fair held this week attracted candidates and Brown said 10 prospects were interviewed.
Windshields and tops for golf carts are being manufactured here, according to Brown.
The plant is located at 2051 Second Ave. N.E. Madjax, which is a subsidiary of Nivel, had been operating a warehouse operation for golf cart parts and accessories at the 112,000 square foot facility before the company’s manufacturing operations were relocated here earlier this year.
The origins of Nivel date back to a single Cushman dealership in Miami that opened in 1968. The company has since become North America’s largest provider of golf cart after-market parts and accessories. The company offers over 10,000 items for all of the three major brands, Club Car, E-Z-GO and Yamaha as well as for Columbia/Harley Davidson, Cushman, Hyundai, Jacobson, Legend, Melex, Noland, Nordskog, Pargo, Taylor Dunn, and vintage, discontinued golf carts. Nivel also specializes in providing exclusive, hard-to-find and discontinued parts.
In other news from the November meeting of the JDA, the authority is waiting to hear from state officials about whether its application for state funding for a new speculative building to be constructed at the Milestone Industrial Park Phase II will be approved.
Brown reported this week that the application package had been completed and was in the hands of state officials.
The last item needed was a letter of support from Thomas County, which Brown said he received and transmitted to grant writer Bob Roberson.
“We are just waiting to hear back,” Brown said.
Lastly, the authority received a report on its audited financial statements for 2018 from auditor Marc Davis of Tucker, Plymel & Davis. Davis issued a “clean” report and he applauded the authority for reducing its debt and building up its cash. “Not all authorities are in the same position, and you should be congratulated for what you do for this community,” the auditor said.