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Georgia’s Newest Mega Site

The momentum of 2015 continues with BIG news and opportunity for Milledgeville-Baldwin County. The Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County (DAMBC) have unveiled a project in this community many years in the making, Georgia’s newest mega-site.

The site, named the Sibley-Smith Industrial Park, is around 1,657 acres located in Baldwin County, Georgia, south of Milledgeville, and is zoned heavy industrial (HI). It is situated along US Hwy 441 bypass approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) north of the US Hwy 441 business & US Hwy 441 bypass intersection. Norfolk Southern Rail and utilities are already on site.

“We are now officially home to the newest mega site in Georgia,” says DAMBC Executive Director Matt Poyner. “The dynamic collaboration of our City and County leadership, to help make this project happen, speaks to their commitment to a legacy of opportunity, job growth, and economic development in this community.”

This development by the DAMBC is a milestone to enhancing the attractiveness of Milledgeville-Baldwin County to prospective industry. In addition to rail and utilities already on the site, GRAD Certification is in process to be complete Spring 2016. Once certified, the site will have a significant marketing advantage because prospective companies know GRAD certification means extensive due diligence has been completed, and the ability exists to be up and operational in a much faster time frame.

Mohawk Most Awarded in Safety

0505_WEB_NGA_carpet_vA_t755_haed82f9c933870479bc0e16fdd68aca8d7ba0e66Mohawk Industries recently brought home 27 awards, honoring excellence in safety, from the 2016 Georgia Association of Manufacturers Annual Safety Conference.  Two Mohawk sites — the manufacturing plant in Milledgeville ( 100-299 employees) and the distribution facility in Antioch (100-199 employees) — received first place recognition for safety performance.

“At Mohawk, we have a lot to be proud of, but we are proudest of our world-class safety culture and the 25 sites that were recognized for no lost time accidents,” said Terry Craft, Mohawk corporate safety director, in a statement.

Mohawk 2016 Forbes America’s Best Employer

Mohawk WorkerForbes recognized Mohawk, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, last week as one of America’s Best Employers. Ranked 188 out of all American companies employing at least 1000 people, Mohawk is the highest ranked flooring manufacturer and 8th company in the “engineering/manufacturing” category.

“At Mohawk, we are proud to have the industry’s best people because they are the foundation of our success,” Mohawk CEO Jeff Lorberbaum said. “Their commitment to innovation, quality, value and service distinguishes us as our industry’s preferred provider.”

The Forbes ranking of America’s Best Employers is drawn from an online survey of more than 30,000 employees. Participation in the survey was voluntary and respondents were recruited from thousands of sources to maximize reach and representation.

“A central part of our culture is maintaining a safe, fair and respectful workplace. We offer leading-edge learning and wellness programs to help our people grow professionally and lead healthier lives,” Lorberbaum said. “Although Mohawk is a global organization, our workplaces reflect the values of the small communities where our business began. Those values fuel our culture, customer relationships and sustained growth.”

As a publicly traded, Fortune 500 company, Mohawk provides a holistic value proposition to all employees. On-site health care clinics and healthy life coaches are offered to employees and their families at little or no cost. The company’s commitment to wellness extends to comprehensive medical and financial benefits and world-class safety standards, as well. Mohawk promotes opportunities for advancement through award-winning training and development initiatives and a nationally recognized apprenticeship program. Industry-leading sustainability practices and long-term community partnerships further reinforce the company’s commitment to thousands of employees across the United States.“During the past decade, we have harnessed the talent and commitment of our people to drive improvements in safety, wellness, training, sustainable practices and process improvement,” Mohawk Senior Vice President of Human Resources Phil Brown said. “Our goal is to have the safest and healthiest workforce in American industry, and I am proud that our people have embraced the resources we are providing to help them achieve that goal.”

To view the entire 2016 Forbes list of America’s Best Employers, visit http://www.forbes.com/best-employers/.

Spec Building Sold for 850K

Spec Building Sold ImageThe Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County have sold spec building to the firm Strapack, Inc. for $850,000. The spec building is located on highway 22 in the Industrial Park. Built in 2007, the building is 62,500 sq.ft. and sits on 15 acres.

The real estate deal was finalized December 28, 2015, closing out the year on a positive note and as one of two projects realized in the 4th quarter of 2015. The unanimous vote by the Development Authority’s Board of Directors allows for immediate work by Strapack to prepare for operations to begin early in 2016. Strapack, Inc. will invest between $4 and $6 million in the purchase price and planned build-out development of the building.

Initially, Strapack, Inc. will employ 10 people and company officials have indicated plans for future expansion with additional job positions to be created. No tax abatement was given as part of the contract, so sale of the property will be an immediate benefit on the tax digest.

Triumph Aerostructures: Large Manufacturer of the Year

Triumph-2015-Lg-Mfgr-of-Year-Award-24Triumph Aerostructures—Vought Aircraft Division, based in Milledgeville, was named the 2015 Georgia Large Manufacturer of the Year at the annual Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week Governor’s Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. This event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, recognizes top manufacturers across the state based on economic impact, corporate responsibility, and workforce excellence. Triumph was nominated for this award by Central Georgia Technical College.

Fechner remarked in front of a crowd of Georgia manufacturers and state officials gathered at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta for the Governor’s Awards Luncheon, “On behalf of 13,000 Triumph employees across the United States and the world at 67 locations, and especially the 715 employees in Milledgeville, thank you for this honor,” said Merlin Fechner, president of Triumph Aerostructures—Vought Aircraft Division. “We truly consider it an honor and a privilege to accept this prestigious award. We have some of the best employees and it’s demonstrated every day in everything we do. This award truly belongs to them.”

In their over 40 years of operation in Milledgeville, Triumph has added over $5.2 billion to the local economy, averaging a $148.3 million economic impact annually. Even during the most recent economic downturn among soaring unemployment, Triumph was able to add over 375 jobs.

Triumph believes in being a good corporate citizen and have demonstrated their commitment by donating time and resources to the local community, including sponsorship of various Chamber and Development Authority events and by volunteering many hours with local non-profit organizations such as United Way, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, and the Chard Wray Food Pantry.

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