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Solo Cup wins Work Ready Award for workforce development

Governor Sonny Perdue and the Governor's Office of Workforce Development recently announced the Solo Cup Company as the Work Ready Business of the Year. Solo Cup Company, the global manufacturer of single-use food and beverage service products, instituted Work Ready into its three Georgia facilities earlier this year. Working with DeKalb Technical College, the company created job profiles and began using Work Ready to hire the most qualified candidates – resulting in more than 70 new hires. The company has reduced training time, increased productivity, lowered turnover rates and created a path for employee promotion and training.

November 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Merryvale provides senior care, community connections

On Nov. 1, 1996 Merryvale Assisted Living Facility opened its doors to local senior residents. Merryvale's story began when Sam III and Loucy Hay envisioned a top-notch senior care facility serving area families right in the heart of Newton County.

November 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Nu-Da passes on to next generation

In business for 12 years, Nu-Da, a storage building company located on U.S. Highway 278, offers customers a wide selection of storage structures in varying sizes that can be used for an assortment of things including stables and hobby work sheds.

November 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Pampering at Tropical Nails

If you wander into the Tropical Nails salon on the Covington square, with its bamboo and orchid decor, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've wandered into a little bit of tropical paradise.

November 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Fletcher's, family-owned for 76 years

Fletcher's Jewelry, a staple on the Covington square, has been in business in Newton County since 1932 and has been family owned for four generations.

November 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Circuit City to close 155 stores, cut US jobs

RICHMOND, Va. -- Circuit City Stores Inc. said Monday it is closing about 20 percent of its U.S. stores, including 14 in Illinois, and cutting thousands of jobs in an effort to return to profitability as it finds consumers reluctant to spend and its vendors less eager to give it credit.

The nation's No. 2 consumer electronics retailer said it will shut 155 of its more than 700 stores and leave at least a dozen markets entirely, including Phoenix and Atlanta, by Dec. 31. It will lay off about 17 percent of its domestic work force, which could affect ...

November 04, 2008 | Michael Felberbaum The Associated Press | Business


Ramsey's still going strong

Almost 90 years ago the Ramsey family opened a furniture store just off of the Covington square on Clark Street.

November 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


New packaging business opens in Covington

A new business has opened up in Covington – Premier Packaging Products Inc. – a French-owned company that manufactures cardboard packaging for the shipping of domestic products.

November 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Covington Ford a pillar of local auto business

 In business for 67 years, Covington Ford is one of the city of Covington's oldest businesses and most well known car dealerships.

November 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Serving up hot pies with Anthony’s

A new pizza restaurant has opened up between Porterdale and Monticello offering traditional New York-style Italian food.

October 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Back in business

October 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Some area banks’ financial health scores low

Burdened by a long string of bad housing loans that they can't shake off, more than a handful of Georgia banks have been left with a teetering balance sheet of debt to capital and several of these banks have branches in Newton County.

October 13, 2008 | By Rachel Oswald | Business


Shape up in a snap

Offering members the opportunity to work out 24/7, a new fitness center has opened its doors in Covington.

October 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business


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