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Quick Start, Vestar Technologies Announce Training Initiative
Partnership between GPTC, Quick Start & Vestar Technologies produce dozens of new jobs

Covington, GA - November 05, 2012

(l. to r.) Dr. Jabari Simama, President GPTC; Ron Bakos, Plant Manager-Vestar Technologies; Jackie Rohosky, Asst. Commissioner, Georgia Quick Start

Vestar Technologies LLC is opening its headquarters and maiden facilities in Covington Georgia. This move will initially creating approximately 75 new jobs. Full employment could top 140. Vestar will be manufacturing specialty metal products used in a number of high-tech industries, including semiconductor and LED lighting. This new venture, located in a 99,000-square-foot facility, is equipped with advanced manufacturing and processing equipment that will place the company at the forefront of its industry. The capabilities and scale of Vestar's operations will enable future development in additional applications and industries.

Vestar selected Covington as the location for its headquarters due to the region's direct access to various resources needed to support the current and expected growth of the company. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to open this state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Covington," says Vestar Technologies CEO Robin Cook. "With the support of the state of Georgia and the Covington region, Vestar is well positioned for growth in the industries we serve and in the opportunities this means for the people of the Covington area."

The economic development opportunity was made possible through the collaborative effort of Quick Start, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Vestar Technologies. Quick Start is Georgia's internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 779,000 employees through 5,800 projects within a broad range of industries.

The Quick Start training agreement with Vestar Technologies, signed last month, was developed based on a project study that was conducted at Vestar technologies in Covington, GA. The training agreement is based on Vestar Technologies commitment to provide approximately 75 new jobs for Georgians in the Newton County area. Quick Start will design and developing training material, as well as providing instructors for the classes through Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

The training program involves three distinct partners: Vestar technologies, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Georgia Piedmont Technical College will be available to assist Vestar Technologies with ongoing training programs.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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