National economic trends seem to be hitting home lately. Representatives with Hobart, one of the largest companies located in Bryan County, say the economy has played a role in forcing the company to furlough 25 percent of their Richmond Hill staff.
According to accounting manager Christy Howell, who went over some figures during a meeting/facility tour with Congressman Jack Kingston on Tuesday, the number of Richmond Hill employees decreased from 100 to 75. Severance packages were reportedly given to those who were furloughed.
Kingston asked if the jobs will come back any time soon, and human resource manager Lawanda Stafford said she hopes it will but it depends on the economy.
Howell said the company is currently working with the Bryan County Development Authority in a plan to train current employees to cover the tasks of those who were let go. Illinois-based Hobart came to Richmond Hill in 1977 and is located on a 120,000 acre tract on Hwy. 17. The plant produces commercial food preparation equipment.