New Jobs?

One hundred new jobs could be on the way to Newton County, thanks to the furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy.

Recently, company officials asked the Newton County Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution, which would provide a special tax exemption for expansion. However, not the kind of expansion you might think, instead expansion meaning the company's purchase of new equipment.

At this time, La-Z-Boy officials say they are examining the possibility of buying $3 million worth of new equipment for the three Newton facilities. If done, they say this could lead to at least 100 new jobs at the plants. With this in mind, supervisors say it was a request they couldn't refuse.

"Anytime somebody comes to bring more jobs into the company, as bad as we need them, we can't do anything but accept it," said Supervisor Kenny Harris, Board Pres. Newton County.

Although they declined comment on camera, La-Z-Boy officials EMPHASIZED to us by phone that the request was only a preliminary effort for possible expansion. At this time, they say those plans are "still not complete."

If La-Z-Boy officials decide to purchase the equipment, thus creating the 100 new jobs, company officials say the new workers salaries will average around $29,000 year.

"These people will spend this money, hopefully in Newton County. Hopefully, that's where we'll benefit from it," Supervisor Harris said.

If the expansion is approved its expected to take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete. There's still no word on when company officials will make a final decision on the matter.