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A new company is expanding into the Shoals and bringing hundreds of jobs with them.
Gemstone Foods bought the old Hillshire plant in Florence, which closed in 2014 and 1,100 people lost their jobs.
The company says it just finished renovating the 75,000 sq ft facility. Gemstone said they're working with the Shoals Career Center and is in the process of hiring 150 people. They hope to double that number to 300 by March.
"It's good, work is always good," said Florence resident, Robert Foster. "I am going to try and get on with them."
According to Gemstone's website it specialize in poultry processing services. The Florence mayor said the company did not receive any tax incentives, because the current building already included all the necessities Gemstone needed.
"I'm really excited. It will be good for the whole Shoals area," said Foster.
The communications company representing Gemstone said they could do a soft open sometime after Thanksgiving. They plan to be fully operational by January.
If you're interested in a job with them you can go to the Shoals Career Center.