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Port Construction On Schedule

Progress on the construction of the Appalachian Regional Port (APR) in north Murray County has continued on schedule, despite the occasional challenges posed by heavy rain and high winds. Site preparation has largely been completed and the pouring of concrete throughout the site has begun.

The facility is expected to be ready for on-site employee training by June 2018, with an official opening scheduled for October 2018.

"We’re right where we should be," said new APR Terminal Manager Wesley Barrell of the Georgia Port Authority, which is constructing and will operate the inland port. “We’ve poured quite a bit of concrete already and expect to soon begin pouring the concrete for the runways where the electric cranes operate.”

Local interest in employment at the Appalachian Regional Port peaked last week. Dozens of local applicants turned out for the GPA’s first job fair on Nov. 1-3 at the Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce, where executives and recruiters from the GPA interviewed candidates for a variety of positions, including Assistant Manager of Operations, Operations Administrative Coordinator, Electronic Mechanical Technician and multiple Equipment Operator positions.

"We saw a lot of very high-quality candidates for all positions," said Barrell. “That sets us up well for additional interviews in December.”

New hires will be scheduled for initial training prior to June 2018, at which time on-site training is expected to begin. A second GPA recruiting event is scheduled for Dec. 4-6, also at the Chamber offices.

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