The Gainesville Times reported Wednesday Gold Creek Foods plans to expand its plant in Gainesville and hire new employees in 2013.
The company is also asking the Hall County Planning Department to rezone two lots it plans to purchase next to its newly remodeled facility.
The plant employs nearly 160 people, and processes an average of 363,000 pounds of chicken a week.
County officials will discuss the company’s rezoning request on Dec. 7. The company also runs facilities in Dawsonville and Dahlonega, and employs about 900 people.
Productivity grows at 2.9%
WASHINGTON — U.S. workers were more productive this summer than initially thought, while costing their companies less.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent from July through September. That’s the fastest pace in two years and higher than the initial estimate of 1.9 percent. Labor costs dropped at a rate of 1.9 percent, more than the 0.1 percent dip initially estimated.
Productivity was revised higher because economic growth was faster in the third quarter than first estimated, while hours worked were unchanged. Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work.
Darden won’t make changes
NEW YORK — The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster says it won’t bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, after its tests aimed at limiting health care costs resulted in a publicity backlash that took a bite out of sales.
At the same time, Darden Restaurants Inc. isn’t ruling out relying more heavily on part-timers over the long haul.
The company, based in Orlando, Fla., is set to announce today that none of its current full-time employees will have their status changed as a result of the new regulations. The move will come just two days after the company lowered its profit outlook for the year, citing failed promotions and negative publicity from its tests that used more part-time employees. The tests were aimed at keeping down costs tied to new health care regulations, which will require large companies to provide insurance to full-time workers starting in 2014.
Asian artist earns on YouTube
SEOUL, South Korea — As “Gangnam Style” gallops toward 1 billion views on YouTube, the first Asian pop artist to capture a massive global audience has gotten richer click by click. So too has his agent and his grandmother. But the money from music sales isn’t flowing in from the rapper’s homeland South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.
With one song, 34-year-old Park Jae-sang — better known as PSY — is set to become a millionaire from YouTube ads and iTunes downloads, underlining a shift in how money is being made in the music business. An even bigger dollop of cash will come from TV commercials.
From just those sources, PSY and his camp will rake in at least $7.9 million this year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of publicly available information and industry estimates. But for online music sales in South Korea, he’ll earn less than $60,000.