On a tour of LaFayette’s Roper Plant on Tuesday of this week, Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan learned that the range and oven manufacturer is “booming” during the pandemic which has greatly increased demand for cooking products.

Roper already employs 2,000 workers and needs to hire 100 more, according to plant manager Lois Crandell.

The Lt. Governor saw demonstrations of Roper’s new technology in oven products.  The company spent $43 million to launch new products in 2019.

Earlier this year, Roper closed the plant for a week to install dividers and align work stations according to CDC guidelines, to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lt. Governor Duncan also toured Mount Vernon Mills in Trion on Tuesday.