Coats & Clark, a seller and distributor of sewing and needlecraft products, will relocate its North American distribution hub to Albany, Georgia, according to state economic development officials. The company plans to expand its current operations in Albany and add up to 25 new jobs as it leases a 280,000-square-foot distribution center. "Our research showed that Albany's strategic location in proximity to major trucking corridors, coupled with the fact that the center is situated close to one of our major manufacturing sites, made it an excellent fit for our new North American Distribution center," says Jeff Thompson, director of human resources for Coats & Clark North America. "Our relationship with Albany over the last 62 years has been excellent, and the city's location and work force are ideally suited to our plans for growth and continued customer satisfaction." The company will hire the first 20 new workers by the end of next year; more than 300 people are employed at the current Albany facility.