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Film complex coming to Covington

Film complex coming to Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A film company is planning to build a sprawling studio complex in Newton County.

Executives with Georgia-based Triple Horse say the company will build five new filming stages in Covington.

Triple Horse reportedly hopes the $38 million expansion will help solidify it and the Newton County market as one of the top film production sites in Georgia.

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The five stages will be the first part of a $100 million expansion that will eventually include more post-production offices, filming equipment and other resources.

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

Bank of America adds 35 small biz bankers in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Corp. reported Wednesday it hit its target of hiring more that 1,000 small business bankers in 2012, including 35 in Metro Atlanta.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank said it extended $280.2 million in credit to Georgia small businesses and $8.7 billion nationally last year. The $8.7 billion was an increase of 28 percent over 2011.

It recently reported net income of $2.8 billion for 2012. It also saw its head count shrink by about 5,000 employees to 267,190 in the fourth quarter, evidence that BofA is still trimming staff levels as it works to lower its expenses. Branches also continued to close, with BofA reporting 5,478 banking centers across its U.S. franchise at the end of the year, down from 5,702 centers a year earlier. 

Bank of America is the third-largest bank in metro Atlanta with 145 local branches and $20.4 billion in area deposits for a market share of 17 percent. 

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Kmart closes Athens store for final time

ATHENS, Ga. - The Kmart store in Athens along Barnett Shoals Road closed for the final time Sunday.

The store was among a list of 120 stores nationally that Kmart's parent, Sears Holdings, said late last year they would be shuttering nationwide. Locations in Douglasville, Jonesboro and on Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta have already closed.

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Employees in the store were offered the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart stores.

Kmart stores in Marietta, Covington, Canton, Mableton, Snellville, Hiram, Peachtree City, Cartersville, Carrollton and Rome remain open.

200 jobs available in Conyers, Covington

200 jobs available in Conyers, Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Apollo Staffing, a Covington-based staffing agency, is looking to fill about 200 positions this summer.

All of the positions are for a local manufacturing company. Available jobs include copper braziers, electricians, welders and sheet metal workers.

Apollo Staffing hopes to fill the 200 jobs before July 1.

To fill out an application, visit Apollo Staffing's office at 10230 Industrial Bouelvard NE in Covington. Applications will be accepted all weekend.

For more information, visit www.staffapollo.com.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

COVINGTON | Golf ball company to expand plant

COVINGTON | Golf ball company to expand plant

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A golf ball manufacturer has announced plans to expand its plant in Covington, allowing it to produce 40 percent more golf balls.

Bridgestone Golf reportedly announced the plans earlier this week.

Company officials say the expansion will mean an additional 20 jobs. They've already begun the hiring process for the new positions.

Bridgestone took over the Precept brand of golf balls in 2005. Precept had been producing golf balls in Covington since 1990.