"Every job is a person, and every person represents a family that can support themselves."
Payroll Development Authority Director
The Workforce Made the Difference
Bayly has customers stretching from Thomasville to San Francisco, the most notable being the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, for which they produce the tall, plumed "tar buckets" or shakos, the cadets wear when the long gray line turns out for special occasions.
"Most of the reason we came here [to Thomasville] was because of the workforce... they were people who enjoy the work, something we didn't have in South Florida. There were plenty of people who applied for the jobs we had; we had about 400 qualified applicants for 30-40 positions." - John Wagner, owner
Skilled and Experienced Workforce
"Georgia plays a big role in U.S. industrial production, and, naturally, we want to be close to our key customers. Thomasville offers a great pool of skilled and experienced workers for boiler and burner industries. We have several clients in the paper and pulp industry, as well as our main equipment manufacturing partners all based in Georgia.
"This plant will supply North and South America. This town offers a lot of knowledge. ... People in other towns have no appreciation for the boiler industry as Thomas County does. I have been excited from the first moment I came here, we have been very welcomed here and the cooperation of Thomasville City has been smooth from the first email I sent to Georgia."
Head of North American Branch, Oilon
Improving Quality of Life
International Design brought nine of its 23 employees from Miami to Thomasville.
"If you are in Miami and you are a cabinet maker earning $45,000 a year, you are living below the poverty line," owner Ian Quinton said. "If you are living in Thomasville, Georgia earning $45,000 a year, you're middle income." Some of his workers' kids will become the first in their families to attend college. Quinton says he left Miami when faced with a rising overhead fueled by increased taxes and insurance. And, he says, there was that diminishing quality of life auto-bound urbanites know so well. "I was commuting three hours a day from home to work because of the Miami traffic. Now it takes me about seven minutes to get to work."