Academy Sports Bringing 250 New Jobs to Twiggs

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Academy Sports' Macon store
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Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to expand its Twiggs County distribution center, bringing 250 new jobs to Central Georgia.

That's according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal's office.

The sporting-goods retailer already employs about 625 people in Twiggs, the governor's office says.

The company opened the 1.1-million-square-foot center in 2007. In 2011, the company also opened an e-commerce operation there, the fulfillment center for its online business.

The governor's office says Academy Sports plans to expand by about a half-million square feet. The project should be completed by next June, they say.

So far, there's no word on what types of jobs they'll be adding or how to apply.

The statement from Deal's office:

Academy Sports + Outdoors to create 250 jobs in Twiggs County

Leading sporting goods, outdoor and lifestyle retailer to expand facility in Jeffersonville

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Katy, Texas-based Academy Sports + Outdoors will expand its existing operation in Jeffersonville in Twiggs County, creating 250 new jobs. This project expands the sporting goods, outdoor and lifestyle retailer's Jeffersonville distribution center by more than 500,000 square feet.

"Companies like Academy Sports + Outdoors that make up Georgia's existing industry base help us best market Georgia as a great place for business through significant expansion projects like this one," Deal said. "This expansion is a vote of confidence for our high-performing logistics infrastructure, our workforce and the other business assets that make Georgia competitive. I am glad to see Academy Sports + Outdoors grow right here in Georgia."

Academy Sports + Outdoors expanded its distribution center operations to Twiggs County in 2007. The company employs 625 associates in its existing 1.1 million-square-foot facility. In 2011, Academy Sports + Outdoors added an e-commerce center at its Jeffersonville facility, which serves as the fulfillment center for its online retail business.

"We are extremely grateful to Governor Deal, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and all of our business partners in the Twiggs County area for their efforts in paving the way for our distribution center expansion project," says Ken Attaway, Academy Sports + Outdoors' Executive Vice President, Operations. "Our current associates and our facility in Jeffersonville are critical to our logistics infrastructure and our e-commerce fulfillment. We're looking forward to expanding both our team and also our facilities as well as being an integral part of this community for many years to come."

Construction to expand the company's Jeffersonville distribution center is expected to be completed by June.

"On behalf of the Twiggs County Board of Commissioners and the community we welcome the news of Academy Sports + Outdoors' expansion," said Twiggs County Commission Chairman Ray Bennett. "Academy is an important part of this community, and we are very pleased the company's growth will take place here."

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) collaborated with the Development Authority of Twiggs County and the Twiggs County Commission to manage this expansion project. Jennifer Nelson, GDEcD director of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment, led this project on behalf of the state.

"Georgia's progressive business climate and advanced logistics network continue to produce significant results for economic development in our state," said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. "This expansion project for Academy Sports + Outdoors is yet another great example of how our logistics assets uniquely position Georgia as a strategic place to do business for companies seeking to get their goods to market efficiently."

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 142 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at every day low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit academy.com, facebook.com/academy, twitter.com/academy and youtube.com/academy.

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