By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 4, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Tuesday afternoon, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was in Thomasville delivering some huge economic news.
A company called Check Mate Industries is taking over the former Caterpillar plant. The family-owned company plans to move its headquarters from New York.
"This success story started with a challenge, and the challenge was when Caterpillar closed here," said Shelley Zorn, the economic developer.
Two years after the loss of a major employer, Thomasville has newfound hope.
"We've been looking for a long time for a new place to call home and we're very confident Thomasville is it and we're super excited," said Jacquelyn Santoro, Check Mate's Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development.
As a leader in manufacturing firearm magazines, Check Mate Industries sees Thomasville as the perfect fit, with its 72 private hunting plantations and southern hospitality.
"When we walk downtown, there isn't a soul that didn't say hello, how are you, or I hope you have a great day. That's something we really don't get in New York," said Regina Vieweg, Check Mate's CEO and owner.
With a three-year transition to South Georgia, the company is promising more than $15 million in plant improvements and 230 full-time jobs. The City says it's a total annual payroll of $7.4 million.
"This gives new hope and new jobs to families, which is great around the holiday season," said Zorn.
In the new year, improvements will begin at the plant.
Check Mate plans to hire their first round of employees by summer of 2019. They're looking to fill a variety of jobs, from management to skilled and unskilled labor. You can learn more about Check Mate Industries, by clicking here.