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Roper job fair today to hire 100 workers

The Roper appliance plant in LaFayette, Ga., will conduct a job fair in Rossville on today to recruit 100 new workers to replace existing employees expected to retire or quit this year.

The recruitment fair is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Center, at 301 Williams St.

"This is our first job fair in Rossville," Roper spokesman Scott Reece said. "We are not adding new jobs to the plant, but with attrition we're looking at coming up about a hundred jobs in the coming months."

Roper employs about 1,800 workers at its LaFayette appliance plant, which manufactures a variety of oven and other cooking appliances under the GE and GE profile brands for the Haier Group, the Chinese appliance giant that acquired GE Appliances last year for $5.4 billion.

The Georgia Department of Labor, which is conducting the job fair, said the starting pay for the production workers at the Roper plant start at $12.65 an hour.

Persons interested in the Roper jobs may also apply online at visit employgeorgia.com to create an account or upload, or prepare, a resume.

CBL, Horizon open Loredo retail center

CBL & Associates Properties Inc. and Horizon Group Properties have jointly opened The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo in Laredo, Texas, on Thursday.

The 358,000-square-foot center includes more than 50 tenants on two floors and developers said the new center attracted strong traffic and sales during the preview weekend.

"The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo is off to a great start and we are thrilled to celebrate the official grand opening with a festive weekend full of activities and great offers," said Stephen Lebovitz, CBL's president and chief executive officer. "CBL has a strong presence in Laredo as the owner of Mall del Norte and we are excited to expand our footprint in this dynamic and growing market."

Niedlov's closed for renovations

Niedlov's Breadworks on Main Street has closed for renovations, but the restaurant and bakery plan to reopen on Monday.

In a Facebook post, Niedlov's promised "exciting changes headed your way this month. But first we'll have to close our doors for renovations." The restaurant shut down on Monday for the weeklong upgrade project.

Niedlov's continues to provide scones, cinnamon rolls, muffins and more breads for nearly two dozen area restaurants.

J+J Flooring wins ISO certification

The J+J Flooring Group manufacturing facility in Dalton, Ga., has achieved ISO 14001 certification. The carpet maker is one of a select few manufacturers in the flooring industry to achieve the the new standard for environmental quality.

According to the ISO, the new 2015 version creates a stronger integration between environmental issues and an organization's strategic planning.

J+J manufactures broadloom and modular carpet along with proprietary Kinetex textile composite flooring at its facility, which spans nearly 950,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space.

Since 2010, the company has achieved a 34 percent reduction in water consumption, a 23 percent reduction in energy use and an 18 percent reduction in GHG (green house gas) emissions.

30-year mortgage rates decline to 4.10 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a third straight week, approaching their low points for the year.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.10 percent from 4.14 percent last week. That brought the benchmark rate close to its 2017 low of 4.09 percent reached on Jan. 19. The 30-year rate stood at 3.59 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65 percent in 2016, the lowest level in records dating to 1971.

The rate on 15-year mortgages eased to 3.36 percent from 3.39 percent last week.

The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate last month for only the third time since 2006, reflecting a consistently solid U.S. economy. Still, some economists don't expect higher interest rates to slow home sales until later this year.

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