‘Economic renaissance’ brings hiring boom to Tucker; job fair scheduled for May

While many communities across the globe are struggling because of job losses and business failures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, Tucker is not only surviving, but thriving, according to Mayor Frank Auman. “Tucker has always thrived as a business destination because of its location” and that has enabled the city to weather what for some cities has been an extremely challenging period, he said.

Auman pointed out that Tucker sits “right on the perimeter and US-78, just a stone’s throw from I-85. Tucker is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Atlanta and the world’s busiest airport.” He said the city’s “business-friendly environment” has contributed as well to the success of its business community, adding “Tucker has also scored high marks with business owners for being a welcoming community with some of the best schools in metro Atlanta.”

As the pandemic eases, the city is experiencing an “economic renaissance” of new developments which is bringing thousands of jobs to the area, Auman continued, describing what he called “a very good problem.” He cited as an example of the city’s business growth Sugar Bowl Bakery, which in spring 2020 located its East Coast headquarters in the Tucker area bringing with it 400 new jobs and a $37 million investment.

The city recently announced a May 12 Back to Business job fair, sponsored by Tucker Summit Community Improvement District (TSCID), Tucker-Northlake CID, the City of Tucker, WorkSource DeKalb, and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, to fill the numerous positions opening up in area. Job seekers wanting help preparing for the fair, can visit WorkSource DeKalb’s Career Mobile Unit at East Ponce Village apartments from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May 6. DeKalb residents can get help with resume writing and participate in mock interviews.

“We enjoy a great pool of hard-working people with every level of education,” noted TSCID Director Emory Morsberger, who said the fair is an effort to find more such people. “We’re connecting employers with job applicants; it’s incredible,” he added.

“The 600 businesses in TSCID responded quickly to the pandemic,” Morsberger said. “Our retailers made it easy to buy online and our manufacturers implemented protections to assure that their workers were protected. Many of our businesses actually did very well during the pandemic. Furniture retailer Georgia Furniture Mart had a record year as people spent money on home and furnishings rather than travel and entertainment. Meat supplier Prime Meats switched from restaurant supply to on-line quality meat to consumers and also had a record year. Air Filtration experts at Air Filter sales and Service exploded with growth as businesses and hospitals realized the importance of germ-free interior air supplies.”

He added that “businesses that were forced to cut back are now coming back strong. Tucker Brewing Company, the number four beer garden in the U.S., is booming and seeking workers now.”

Tucker is not only surviving, but thriving during the pandemic. In partnership with several other entities, the city is sponsoring a May 12 job fair to fill many opening at the city’s businesses.

Some businesses, especially restaurants, had to scale back the scope of their operations during the pandemic, Auman observed, “Most of those businesses are back to or nearing full strength. Tucker really bucked the trend when it comes to business climate during the pandemic. While most businesses felt a definite impact, there were more new business openings in Tucker than business closures during 2020. Specifically, a handful of restaurateurs made major investments to set up shop in Tucker in spite of the pandemic. With more than $2 million of federal CARES Act money being distributed in the form of grants last fall, many of Tucker’s small businesses were given a needed boost to keep their doors open through the pandemic.”

An identifiable community since the 19th century, Tucker incorporated as a city in 2015. According to Auman, the benefits of cityhood include “a direct line for building and permitting questions, proactive code enforcement and a streamlined business licensing process.”

Among the business community’s current needs are manufacturing/distributing companies looking to hire workers, Auman said, “specifically Thermo Pac, RAM Tool, Briggs & Stratton, PepsiCo and Tucker Brewing Company.”

Morsberger added, “The 600 businesses in TSCID are seeking office, warehouse, manufacturing, logistics, truck drivers and numerous other kinds of workers. Training is available.” The primary objective of the TSCID is to grow property values and enhance the district’s prominence as a primary choice for business growth and development. For more information, visit www.tuckersummitcid.com.

The Back to Business Job Fair will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the Stone Ridge Event Center at 1750 Stoneridge Drive., Suite A, in Stone Mountain.

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