A group of New Yorkers has taken quite well to our Southern hospitality. And we hope they stay for a good long while.

Check-Mate Industries held a ribbon-cutting for its new Thomasville home Tuesday afternoon, with great fanfare and celebration. Check-Mate is moving into the former Caterpillar plant and bringing with it 230 new jobs and an annual payroll of $7.2 million.

“Lots of resources, lots of hard work by many people and lots of strong partnerships have gotten us to where we are here today. Thomas County is a business-friendly, unique and special community. And if you live here, you already know that,” said Mark NeSmith, chairman of the Thomas County Board of Commissioners and a member of the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority.

The road to Check-Mate started when another prospect chose Troy, Alabama over Thomasville. When that prospect was asked to recommend another potential industry, they quickly offered Check-Mate Industries as a suitor. So from a loss, the community and hopefully Check-Mate has made a huge gain.

The New York-based firm has become a leader in tool and die, stampings and assembles manufacturer, serving a wide array of industries, from aerospace to automotive to firearms to cosmetics.

As happy as the community is to welcome Check-Mate, the company is just as happy to be in Thomasville and in its new 168,000 square foot home.

“You’ve taken three jaded New Yorkers and shown us support we could not have imagined,” COO and company president Joseph DeBello said to a crowd of nearly 300 people Tuesday afternoon. 

Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting is a success story on many levels and we congratulate all the parties involved who made this happen. Manufacturing jobs are some of the best-paying and they are hard to come by in rural Georgia.

But Check-Mate may have more moves to play on the board.

“We’re going to fill this building with machinery. We’re going to fill it and we’re going to fill it with jobs,” DeBello said. “And when this building’s full, we’ll build one next door!”

Chairman NeSmith thanked Check-Mate for making Thomasville its new home for business and said the community looks forward to working with them for many years to come.

We are used to visitors from up north, coming to Thomasville’s warm charm. Relocating Northerners have been an integral part of Thomasville’s history and success.

We hope our newest transplants love this community and have as much success here as the ones before them did and we are glad to call them our new neighbors.

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