Small companies struggling to survive B&W closing in Bibb County.
Some companies have had to completely refocus, others are searching for new work to fill the void, nearly all have had to reduce their staff.
In October 2003, B&W announced that as part of its merger with RJR, it would close its plant here - putting the jobs of 2,100 people in jeopardy. About 1,300 people still work at the plant, while some have been transferred to a Reynolds' plant in Winston-Salem, N.C., some retired, and some have been let go. The plant is due to shut down by mid-2006.
(5-26-05, The Macon Telegraph.)
The jobs with Brown & Williamson were highly sought after ones that many employees commuted long distances to fill.