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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Leading transportation company to create 850 jobs, invest $575 million in new Fulton County campus

Fulton County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal was joined by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to announce that Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, will locate its headquarters in Fulton County, creating 850 jobs and investing $575 million. Norfolk Southern’s new campus will house the company’s headquarters, dispatch operations, operations and service support center, crew management center, corridor operations offices, national customer service center, administrative functions, marketing department and police communications center.

“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders like Norfolk Southern, as we have seen more than 30 locations or expansions by Fortune 500 companies in the better part of the last decade. Much of this success can be attributed to our expansive infrastructure network, our culture of collaboration and ready-to-work communities, all of which are essential in helping businesses move goods around the nation and to international markets as efficiently as possible.

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Tuesday, December 04 2018

Northeast Georgia Inland Port to serve fast-growing Gainesville region

Gainesville, GA — Governor Nathan Deal, along with representatives of the Georgia Ports Authority, the Greater Hall Chamber and Norfolk Southern Railroad announced plans Monday to make Hall County the site of the GPA's next inland port.

"The Northeast Georgia Inland Port will be situated in the heart of the manufacturing and logistics corridor along Interstate 85, an important region for the production of heavy equipment, food and forest products," Deal said. "Besides serving these existing port customers, it will also act as an economic development tool, drawing new investment from business and industry to Hall and its surrounding counties."

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Thursday, November 29 2018

E-commerce retailer to open new facility in Savannah

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Wayfair Inc., one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, will create 1,000 jobs and open a new 1,164,800-square-foot facility in Savannah. New jobs will include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions. Wayfair and its landlord plan to invest approximately $45 million in the project over the next five years.

“As the gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond, Georgia continues to attract and retain industry leaders such as Wayfair as they look to expand operations,” said Deal. “By establishing this new facility in Savannah, it’s clear that Wayfair’s leadership recognizes the strength of our workforce, as well as our dedication to preserving Georgia’s top-ranked and nationally recognized business climate. Georgia’s high-performing transportation infrastructure and strategic resources, including our world-class ports system, will help Wayfair expand its distribution network and support the company’s plans for long-term growth. We appreciate Wayfair’s commitment to creating even more jobs here in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership.”

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Wednesday, November 28 2018

Jackson County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that SK innovation, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, is estimated to create more than 2,000 jobs and invest $1.67 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Jackson County in the long term.

“As the No. 1 state for business six times over, Georgia continues to maintain strong partnerships with Korean businesses and international industry leaders that lead to real results,” said Deal. “SK innovation’s decision to make this significant investment and create more than 2,000 jobs in Jackson County reflects Georgia’s reputation as a top destination for international businesses, especially those in the automotive supply sector. By choosing Georgia, SK innovation will have access to our skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources, while also joining a number of other Korean-affiliated companies that operate manufacturing facilities across the state. We appreciate SK innovation’s investment in the Jackson County community and look forward to the company’s success long into the future.”

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Thursday, November 08 2018

Jesup, GA — Due to overwhelming demand for the Sierra REB line of two-ram balers and conveyors, Sierra International Machinery is adding a 24,000-square-foot expansion at their manufacturing facility in Jesup, Georgia. This expansion will allow Sierra the ability to increase production and meet the demand for the full Sierra product line, and is the third expansion Sierra has added to its Georgia facility since it opened in 2008.

"We are proud to announce the expansion of our facility in Jesup, Georgia," said John Sacco, President and Owner of Sierra International Machinery. "The success of our two-ram balers and conveyors in the waste sector has grown exponentially, far more than we initially anticipated.

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Wednesday, October 24 2018

Leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and fiberglass entry systems to invest $6.5 million in Swainsboro facility

Swainsboro, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Wincore Window Company LLC, a leading American manufacturer of premium vinyl windows and fiberglass entry door systems, will create 150 new jobs and invest $6.5 million in a manufacturing facility in Swainsboro. 

“Our highly skilled workforce, proximity to the Southeastern market and unmatched logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry-leading manufacturers like Wincore Window Company to Georgia,” said Deal. “Wincore’s choice of Emanuel County reflects Georgia’s commitment to providing industry leaders with the best resources to compete nationwide. With this investment, Wincore will build upon the strategic resources of the No. 1 state for business to spur further economic growth in the Swainsboro community and create quality jobs for Georgians. We welcome Wincore to Georgia and look forward to the company’s success here in our low-tax, business-friendly climate.”

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Thursday, September 20 2018

Photo Caption: As part of the Mason Mega Rail project, the GPA Board approved on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the addition of 23 miles of track on Garden City Terminal to better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton) 

Savannah container trade up eight percent in August

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 375,833 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers (TEUs) in August, an eight percent increase over August 2017.  In addition, the GPA handled 86,200 intermodal TEUs, a 33 percent jump.

"A strengthening economy and a greater reliance on GPA in major inland markets is driving growth at the Port of Savannah," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We expect this trend to continue as more customers take advantage of Garden City Terminal's central location and efficient terminal operations."

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

Manufacturer of environmentally friendly brake pads to invest $72 million in Covington facility expansion

Covington, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. (NAMI), a leading manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly brake pads, will create 100 jobs and invest $72 million in an expansion of its Covington facility. New jobs at the facility will include positions in production and administration.

“Georgia provides the business climate, skilled workforce and thriving automotive sector necessary for manufacturers like NAMI to enjoy long-term growth," said Deal. “With this facility expansion in Newton County, NAMI will continue to benefit from close proximity to top vehicle manufacturers while also reaching customers across the nation and around the world with Georgia’s logistics infrastructure. I am encouraged to see our international economic missions once again delivering tangible results, as NAMI’s commitment directly reflects the strength of Georgia’s manufacturing environment for global industry leaders. We appreciate NAMI’s investment over the last 20 years and look forward to the future growth of this partnership.”

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Tuesday, September 04 2018

Express lanes will open to southbound traffic on Saturday, September 8

Smyrna, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will open to southbound traffic mid-morning on Saturday, September 8. This infrastructure project, the largest of its kind in state history, adds approximately 30 miles of express lanes along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road, and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road.

The first 14 days of operation will be free for motorists with registered Peach Passes to encourage commuters to utilize the express lanes. More information about the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes is available here.

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Tuesday, August 21 2018

SELIT North America to invest $45 million in new manufacturing facility

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that SELIT North America, a German manufacturer of polystyrene foams, will create 100 jobs and invest $45 million in a new manufacturing facility in Banks County. New jobs will include manufacturing and administrative positions.

“In choosing Georgia, SELIT North America will enjoy the benefits of the No. 1 state for business, including our logistics infrastructure and a climate conducive to manufacturing,” said Deal. “This facility in Banks County will provide the company with access to a robust workforce and close proximity to the Southeastern market for ideal production conditions and shorter delivery times. I am encouraged to see yet another leading European company locate here, as our efforts to build international relationships continue to translate into real investments. I welcome SELIT North America to Georgia’s growing community of manufacturing companies and wish them great success.”

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Wednesday, August 15 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Classic continues worldwide expansion, creating 75 jobs in Chatham County
 
Chatham County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Jaguar Land Rover Classic will create 75 jobs in Chatham County. The new operations hub in Savannah will be Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s first facility in the U.S.
 
“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry leaders like Jaguar Land Rover Classic,” said Deal. “I applaud the leadership of Jaguar Land Rover Classic for recognizing the strength of Georgia’s automotive sector and for creating high-wage jobs for our deep talent pool. By choosing Savannah for its first facility outside of Europe, Jaguar Land Rover Classic will enjoy the benefits of close proximity to the Port of Savannah while streamlining services for American customers. We appreciate Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s investment in the Chatham County community and look forward to the growth of this partnership in the years to come.”

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Monday, August 13 2018

New record for intermodal moves 

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority moved 378,767 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUS) in July, an increase of 12.7 percent, or 42,668 TEUs, compared to the same month last year. It was the second busiest month on record for the Port of Savannah.
 
"July was an incredible start to our fiscal year, with double-digit growth across our container, breakbulk and dry bulk operations," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.
 
In Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017-June 2018), rail cargo at Garden City Terminal increased by 16 percent (60,000 containers) for a total of 435,000 intermodal rail lifts. July continued that trend, with the busiest month on record for intermodal cargo, at 41,070 container moves, for an increase of 20.8 percent (7,087 containers) compared to July 2017.

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Tuesday, August 07 2018

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, a leader in the global solar industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton.

“Georgia has maintained strong partnerships with Korean businesses for more than three decades and this announcement is yet another reflection of our reputation as a premier destination for international business,” said Deal. “By establishing a presence in Whitfield County, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will join a number of Korean-affiliated companies that operate at least 80 facilities in our state. As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources needed for Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to maintain its competitive edge in the global solar industry. We appreciate Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s significant investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s success in Dalton.”

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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Monday, August 06 2018

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for July, the first month of FY 2019, totaled nearly $1.78 billion, for an increase of $59.4 million, or 3.5 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled almost $1.72 billion. July’s gross tax revenue receipts totaled $2.41 billion, for an increase of $136 million, or 6 percent, over July 2017.

The changes within the following tax categories contributed to the overall net tax revenue increase in July:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections for July totaled $897.1 million, for an increase of $35.6 million, or 4.1 percent, compared to last year when Individual Income Tax collections totaled $861.5 million.

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Thursday, August 02 2018

GDEcD’s Global Commerce Division helped create 27,373 jobs in FY 18

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 27,373 new jobs during FY 18, generating $5.56 billion in investments. This growth is the result of a record-breaking 419 expansion or relocation projects throughout the state.

“Industry leaders and companies from around the world continue to choose Georgia thanks to the world-class, business-friendly environment we have built over the last eight years,” said Deal. “Georgia’s unparalleled resources, including our highly skilled workforce and our physical and digital infrastructure, continue to attract international companies that are planning to expand or relocate. These numbers reflect Georgia’s appeal to global job creators and translate to real economic growth in our communities and new job opportunities for families across the state. Nearly 80 percent of these projects brought investments to communities outside of the metro Atlanta area, demonstrating the depth of talent, investment and connectivity available in every corner of the state.

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Friday, July 27 2018

Photo Caption: Five ship-to-shore cranes work the Ocean Network Express vessel Stork during its maiden voyage to the Port of Savannah, Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Garden City Terminal. The 14,000-TEU ship is the first of the ONE line's new magenta vessels to call on Savannah. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Takes on 3,400 export containers

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the container ship Stork on its maiden voyage Thursday.
 
The vessel, part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) shipping company, has a capacity of 14,026 twenty-foot equivalent units. The newly built Stork was just delivered to ONE on June 12.
 
"It's an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah's strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity."

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Wednesday, July 25 2018

I-85 Widening Project expected to reduce overall future delay in corridor by up to 56 percent

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) held a ceremonial groundbreaking in Braselton for the first phase of the I-85 Widening Project. This project is the first of 11 initial Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) projects to break ground.

“In recent years, thousands of new citizens have come to Georgia to find the opportunities and quality of life indicative of the No. 1 state for business,” said Deal. “This rapid population growth requires transportation infrastructure that moves products and people more quickly and efficiently. Thanks to the General Assembly’s bold action in passing the Transportation Funding Act in 2015, we are now able to begin this first MMIP project, an unprecedented and innovative step to significantly improve Georgia’s transportation network for its users. I also appreciate the work of the State Transportation Board in seeing one of the nation’s largest infrastructure undertakings come to fruition. Today, we ensure that the initiatives we have put into place over these last seven and a half years will continue into the next decade to benefit generations of Georgians yet to come.”

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Monday, July 23 2018

GPA growth hits 20 consecutive months

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved records in total tonnage and twenty-foot equivalent container units handled in Fiscal Year 2018, which ended in June. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2018 (July '17 - June '18), for an impressive 8.4% increase year-over-year, or 325,000 additional units.   
 
"Moving more than 4 million TEUs in a single fiscal year is an important milestone for Georgia," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's logistical advantages, along with the Southeast's population growth, have resulted in increased demand, while the expanded Panama Canal has cleared the way for larger vessels to call Savannah." 
 

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Thursday, June 14 2018

Photo Caption: Hopper dredge Padre Island as seen working in the Port of Savannah shipping channel earlier this year. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is on schedule for completion in late 2021. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Harbor expansion receives full funding for year

Savannah, GA — The Port of Savannah handled 3 million tons of cargo in May, an increase of 8.9 percent or 247,671 tons compared the same month a year ago. Total cargo crossing all terminals reached 3.22 million tons.
 
"Our May numbers reflect strong performances in breakbulk and containerized trade, showing growing global demand for both retail goods and manufacturing inputs," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

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Wednesday, May 30 2018

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to invest $150 million in Dalton

Dalton, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, a leader in the global solar industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton.

“Georgia has maintained strong partnerships with Korean businesses for more than three decades and this announcement is yet another reflection of our reputation as a premier destination for international business,” said Deal. “By establishing a presence in Whitfield County, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will join a number of Korean-affiliated companies that operate at least 80 facilities in our state. As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources needed for Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to maintain its competitive edge in the global solar industry. We appreciate Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s significant investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s success in Dalton.”

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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Thursday, May 03 2018

Valdosta, GA -- The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority (VLCDA) announced that Metal Benderz, a Georgia-based company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and fabricates cold-formed steel framing systems will be relocating to Hahira Business Park.
 
Metal Benderz will occupy the former Wireco building, which has remained vacant for the past 10 years. With an initial capital investment of $1.5 million, followed by an additional $3.5 million within the second year, Metal Benderz has started renovations on the 62,000-square-foot facility and expect to be fully operational by June 1, 2018.

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Wednesday, April 25 2018

Music streaming giant expanding presence and workforce in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years.

“Pandora’s investment in Atlanta is a testament to the value of our highly skilled workforce and business-friendly environment for attracting innovative companies,” said Deal. “With this expansion, Pandora will benefit from the strategic resources available to digital leaders operating in Georgia, as well as close proximity to our vibrant arts and entertainment communities. We appreciate Pandora’s ongoing commitment here in Georgia and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the company continues to grow and create meaningful employment opportunities for our citizens.”

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Wednesday, April 25 2018

Technology company to invest $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that InComm, a leading prepaid product and payment technology company based in Atlanta, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus.

“In addition to being the No. 1 state for business, Georgia is now a recognized hub for the financial technology industry,” said Deal. “InComm has contributed to that reputation as a valued member of our business community, and the company has experienced significant growth while utilizing Georgia’s expansive resources for high-tech businesses. We appreciate the strength of this partnership and we are confident that Georgia’s highly skilled workforce and culture of collaboration will continue to provide InComm with the resources needed for a successful expansion.”

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Tuesday, April 24 2018

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., the world’s leading business jet manufacturer, will create 200 jobs and invest $55 million in an expansion of its service center operations in Savannah. New jobs will include positions in Gulfstream’s service and support organization.
 
“Aerospace products are currently the No. 1 export for our state largely due to the growth and expansion of industry leaders such as Gulfstream who call Georgia home,” said Deal. “Georgia’s record-breaking ports system serves as a premier gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond and our skilled workforce provides a robust foundation for Gulfstream’s continued growth. With our logistics infrastructure, as well as our transportation network and digital assets, Gulfstream will continue to enhance the services offered to its worldwide customer base. We appreciate Gulfstream’s continued investment in Georgia over the past five decades and look forward to strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

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Tuesday, April 24 2018

Atlanta, GA — Southern Telecom, Inc. (STI), a subsidiary of Southern Company, announces Georgia System Operations Corporation (GSOC) has entered a leasing agreement for dark fiber on STI’s Atlanta central business district fiber ring. GSOC is utilizing the fiber to connect the cooperative’s headquarters office in Tucker, Georgia, to Georgia EMC’s government relations, community and economic development office, located on the Georgia Tech campus in downtown Atlanta.

“Utilizing Southern Telecom’s fiber network has helped GSOC streamline our internal operations between our headquarters office and our affiliate Georgia EMC’s office, including our data management, phone systems and business tools,” says Bilal Sabusa, Director of Technology and Operations for GSOC.

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Monday, April 09 2018

Photo Caption: From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente, and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. The expansion project will add 97,000 feet of track at Garden City Terminal. For details and project updates, go to MasonMegaRail.com. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Project to Double Port of Savannah’s Rail Capacity

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. 

“Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “Not only will this new intermodal facility take trucks off the road and bring our products to market with greater efficiency, but it will open a new corridor for American commerce to and from the Midwest.” 

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Monday, March 26 2018

One in 11 Peach State jobs - across all regions - related to Savannah, Brunswick ports

Brunswick, GA -- Georgia's ports support 439,220 full- and part-time jobs across the state, according to a study released by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at UGA's Terry College of Business.
 
The Georgia Ports Authority board reviewed the study's findings at its meeting Monday. The latest figure is based on Fiscal Year 2017 impacts, and represents an increase of 70,000 jobs (up 19 percent) compared to the previous report covering FY2014. Georgia ports now account for 9 percent of total state employment, or one out of 11 jobs. Personal income derived from port-supported jobs totaled $25 billion statewide in FY2017.

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Thursday, March 22 2018

Ship-to-shore fleet grows to 30 by the end of April; six more to arrive in 2020

Savannah, GA -- The first of Georgia Ports Authority's four new Neo-Panamax cranes came online this week, bringing GPA's operating fleet to 27 - more than any other single terminal in the nation.

"Georgia's ports are dedicated to staying a step ahead of market demand," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "These investments ensure port users can grow their business and supply chain efficiencies in Savannah."

The super-sized crane is tall enough to lift containers 152 feet above the dock. The crane started work before dawn Wednesday on a 13,300 twenty-foot equivalent container unit Hapag Lloyd vessel. Crane operators moved an estimated 2,700 containers on and off the ship during its time at the Port of Savannah.

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Thursday, March 08 2018

Social media giant to create at least 100 jobs

Stanton Springs, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook,” said Deal. “It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project. We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognizing Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business, but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future. This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”

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Wednesday, February 28 2018

Completion of outer harbor dredging marks SHEP midpoint

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

“The completion of outer harbor dredging marks the midpoint for SHEP and represents a crucial milestone for the Savannah community, the State of Georgia and the nation as a whole,” said Deal. “The Port of Savannah is already the second busiest port in the nation for exports and the timely completion of this project will be a major step forward for our nation’s infrastructure. To ensure that SHEP remains on schedule, my FY 2018 budget proposal calls for $35 million in additional support for the project.

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Tuesday, February 20 2018

Changes would double state standard deduction, reduce income tax rates for individuals and businesses

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston, outlined updates to HB 918, which addresses state tax code. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Efstration, now combines the 2017 Internal Revenue Code (IRC) bill, HB 821, with 2018 IRC updates. It also addresses the state revenue projections resulting from the Federal Tax Act.

HB 918 would double the standard deduction for Georgia taxpayers for all filing statuses, effective Jan. 1, 2018. It would also reduce the income tax rate for individuals and businesses from 6 percent to 5.75 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019. Finally, the legislation includes a provision further reducing the tax rate to 5.5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This reduction would require approval of the General Assembly and signature of the governor in order to take effect.

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Thursday, February 15 2018

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal released the following statement on the $49 million included in President Trump’s budget for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP):

“I am encouraged to see that SHEP was President Trump’s top priority when it comes to port investments,” said Deal. “The expansion of the Port of Savannah is the single most important infrastructure project not only for Georgia, but for the Southeast as a whole, and deepening it is necessary to allow larger ships like the Neo-Panamax to navigate through our ports more quickly and ensure that a greater volume of goods will be able to move through our state.

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Monday, February 05 2018

Savannah Harbor deepening reaching midway point

Savannah, GA — At the 50th annual Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch reviewed the strategic plan for Georgia's ports that will allow for 10 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, 1 million rail lifts, and more than 1 million auto and machinery units per year.
 
"Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America," Lynch said. "Our goal is to maximize capacity, create jobs and reduce impact on our local communities."
 
Lynch provided an overview of GPA's 2028 Plan that calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new RTG lanes and significant intermodal expansion in Savannah. The GPA will soon open its second inland terminal in Northwest Georgia and break ground on the Mason Mega Rail project at Garden City Terminal. Combined, both intermodal projects will open new markets while significantly reducing rail crossings and over the road freight through Savannah, Atlanta and beyond.

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Wednesday, December 20 2017

Governor taps three new members, reappoints two

Governor Nathan Deal announced the reappointments of Don L. Waters and Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins Jr. to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Deal also appointed Bárbara Rivera Holmes, W. Allen Gudenrath and Erin Hames to the board. These appointments will be effective Jan. 1, 2018.

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Tuesday, December 12 2017

35 Full Time Jobs Being Added in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia

Valdosta, GA — American Drill Bushing (ADB), the largest manufacturer of hoist rings in the world, is expanding its plant in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia to add additional product lines.
 
In 1945, ADB started in Los Angeles making drill bushings. A focus on the current product line, the hoist rings, began in 1964 when the company patented the first design for a hoist ring.
 
“The upcoming facility expansion allows for infrastructure, equipment, and personnel to be put in place to support the existing hoist ring growth and support new manufacturing opportunities with strategic partners,” said Benjie Bradshaw, vice-president and general manager of American Drill Bushing.

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Monday, November 27 2017

Photo Caption: The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the arrival of four massive ship-to-shore cranes Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. Find print-quality images here. Watch a video of the cranes' arrival here. (Georgia Ports / Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia Ports Authority ship-to-shore fleet climbing toward 36

Savannah, GA - Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Port of Savannah last week, with a 50- by 100-foot American flag across the side.
 
"To see these massive new cranes arrive flying the stars and stripes makes us proud to be part of an operation that provides jobs and opportunity for so many," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.
 
Once commissioned, the new cranes will bring Savannah's fleet to 30. Six additional cranes will arrive in 2020. When all are commissioned, the upgrade will allowthe nation's largest single container facility to move nearly 1,300 containers per hour.

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Monday, November 06 2017

Savannah Harbor deepening to provide more than $14B in savings

Savannah, GA — Container trade at the Port of Savannah grew by 32 percent in October, with Garden City Terminal moving 410,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of nearly 100,000 TEUs.
 
It was the first time in the port's history that it topped 400,000 TEUs in a single month. For the fiscal year to date (July 1-Oct. 31), the Port of Savannah has moved 1.42 million TEUs, up by 155,050 or 12.3 percent.
 
"Since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, Garden City Terminal has experienced meteoric growth," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We're now handling more ships, bigger vessels and larger cargo exchanges. By working more weekly vessel calls than any other East Coast port, and serving more neopanamax ships than any other port in the U.S. Southeast, Savannah has strengthened its position as a vital gateway to the global marketplace."

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Wednesday, November 01 2017

47,700 HRV, FIT and Civic vehicles cross Colonel's Island docks in FY2017

Savannah, GA — American Honda Motor Company nearly tripled its business through the Port of Brunswick in Fiscal Year 2017, adding 34,700 vehicles over the previous year.
 
"We'd like to thank Honda and International Auto Processors for their part in helping GPA move more than 600,000 vehicles through the Port of Brunswick last fiscal year," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "To ensure Brunswick continues to provide world-class service, GPA is expanding auto processing infrastructure to stay ahead of demand."

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Wednesday, October 18 2017

Multimillion-Dollar Capital Investment Happening in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia — Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.®, home of the number one branded hamburger roll in the United States, is expanding their bakery in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia, to add additional production capacity.  

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., has been known for their continual pursuit of a higher level of service and best practices in the baking industry. The upcoming construction project includes a major expansion of the bakery. 

“Martin’s expansion in our community will account for a multimillion-dollar capital investment, adding an estimated 36 new jobs with continued market growth,” said Andrea Schruijer, executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., is an example of the positive economic impact companies have here in Valdosta-Lowndes County. We are thrilled they are expanding,” said Schruijer.

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Tuesday, October 17 2017

Photo Caption: At Georgia's deepwater ports, container trade grew by 5.8 percent in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018. Total tonnage increased by 7.3 percent. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

GPA growing capacity to handle new business

Savannah, GA — The Port of Savannah moved more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units across Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of FY2018 (July 1-Sept. 30), growing by 5.8 percent or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17. In September alone, the GPA moved 325,141 TEUs, an increase of 5.4 percent or 16,792 TEUs compared to the same month last year.
 
"Sustained organic growth coupled with increased market share are driving these volume increases," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We have also achieved major gains through the addition of Neo-Panamax vessels to the fleet serving Garden City Terminal."

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Thursday, October 12 2017

Photo Caption: Governor Nathan Deal provided opening comments for the Savannah State of the Port event Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, focusing on the state's world-class logistics network and the business-friendly atmosphere that sets the Peach State apart. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

GPA's Lynch announces 1M square feet of new e-commerce warehouse space

Savannah, GA — During his annual State of the Port Address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced record cargo volumes, infrastructure development and two new customers bringing a combined 1 million square feet of additional distribution center space to Savannah.

"We're expanding on all fronts," Lynch said. "We're adding market share through organic growth and the addition of new accounts, and we're building the new infrastructure necessary to continue processing this cargo with world-class efficiency."

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Thursday, October 12 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
 
“From his first days in office, President Trump ended the Federal government’s assault on the coal industry and the communities who rely on it,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The previous administration fought this war through unilateral executive actions and regulatory edicts, and the casualties were American workers and families.”

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Friday, September 22 2017

Deal also announced the creation of 1,300 new highly skilled jobs
 
State of Georgia -- Governor Nathan Deal joined state and local economic development partners to highlight Georgia’s ranking as the top state for business and celebrate the expansion of Atlanta’s technology infrastructure.
 
“Georgia has once again been named the top state for business, reflecting our collaborative economic development efforts and ongoing investment in the workforce and infrastructure that make us a premier destination for companies looking to relocate or expand their operations,” said Deal. “This week alone, I announced the creation of 1,300 new jobs as a result of the expansion of two of Atlanta’s leading technology firms. These numbers are just the latest testament as to why we continue to hold this coveted position. I am confident that our business-friendly climate and partnership approach to business development will help Georgia remain the nation’s strongest economic engine for years to come.“

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Autos up 15 percent, containers up 5 percent

Savannah, GA — Auto and container volumes at the U.S. Southeast's busiest ports in Brunswick and Savannah experienced impressive growth in the month of August.
 
Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick moved 53,675 units of roll-on/roll off cargo, an increase of 7,109 or 15.3 percent more than August last year.
 
In its busiest August on record and the Authority's second busiest month ever for container trade, Savannah handled 348,297 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 5.3 percent or 17,591 TEUs compared to the same month a year ago.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Community Systems Digital 25 Awards Digital Leaders in Economic Development at IEDC 2017
 
Toronto, ON — The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority was recognized last night as one of the top 25 digital economic development organizations (EDOs) in North America at the 2017 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. The annual Digital 25 reflects those organizations that best use digital technology to differentiate their communities online, and to better serve businesses.
 
The recognition comes from Community Systems, a company that develops websites and software to foster economic growth and tourism in communities across the world. The Digital 25 recognition is based on results from an annual survey of over 400 EDOs, analyzing how they use digital technology to drive growth and support community businesses.

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Thursday, September 07 2017

Mandatory evacuation for some areas to begin Saturday

State of Georgia — Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties, with a total of 30 counties now included in a state of emergency. Deal also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma. The executive order also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on state active duty to support Hurricane Irma response and recovery. The state of emergency prohibits price gouging for all goods and services related to the storm. Read the executive order here.
 
“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Irma,” said Deal. “I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

Fulton County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that ASOS, a leading online global fashion and beauty retailer, will establish an East Coast eCommerce fulfillment center in Union City, creating more than 1,600 jobs and investing more than $40 million in Fulton County throughout the next five years. In the first phase of development, the fulfillment center will have a 10 million-unit capacity with additional room for future growth.

“Georgia is an ideal location for innovative international retailers like ASOS to reach new customers,” said Deal. “In choosing to locate in Fulton County, ASOS will benefit from the robust transportation network, highly skilled workforce and growing economy that we as the top state for business have to offer. We appreciate ASOS’ significant investment in Georgia as they grow their presence in the U.S. and look forward to the company’s success here.”

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Monday, July 31 2017

GDX to provide innovative approach to Department of Defense contracting

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced the launch of the Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX), an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.
 
“From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” said Deal. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state. The GDX platform will allow us to equip companies with the tools they need to be competitive in acquiring DOD contracts while ensuring that this long-standing tradition continues in Georgia.”

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Thursday, July 27 2017

Six new ship-to-shore cranes approved

Savannah, GA -- At its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority reported record fiscal year results and approved the purchase of six new ship-to-shore cranes.
 
In FY2017, the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 TEUs over the previous year. In the last half of FY2017 alone, the Port of Savannah handled an impressive 1.99 million TEUs, for a growth rate of 11.6 percent over the same period in FY2016.

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Monday, July 24 2017

To Create 30 New Full-Time Jobs

Valdosta, GA -- Hunt Industries, a full-service provider of high-quality specialty construction and general contracting services for industrial projects is expanding its operations in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia. This expansion will create 30 new jobs, and represent a capital investment of $5 million.

“Valdosta-Lowndes County is proud to be home to Hunt Industries and thrilled they are expanding in our community”, said Tom Call, chairman of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Investments into job creation in Valdosta and Lowndes County is important, because it enhances to the economic vitality of our community”, said Call.

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Tuesday, June 20 2017

Regarding Trilateral Agriculture Meetings in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA — Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay; Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Jose Calzada; and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement at the conclusion of their first trilateral meetings in Savannah, GA, June 19-20, 2017.

"Our three nations are connected not only geographically, but through our deeply integrated agricultural markets. Our trading relationship is vital to the economies - and the people - of our respective countries. We are working together to support and create good jobs in all three countries. We share a commitment to keeping our markets open and transparent so that trade can continue to grow. That mutual commitment was reaffirmed in our discussions this week.

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Wednesday, June 07 2017

Photo Caption: Nature Nate's has bottled millions of pounds of honey in their first year of operation since opening their plant located in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia. 

Million Pounds of Honey Bottled in Lowndes County for Consumption Across the U.S., Canada and Asia

Valdosta, GA — Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey has bottled millions of pounds of honey in their first year of operation since opening their first Georgia plant. The Valdosta based facility distributes honey across the United States and exports to Canada and Japan, employs 39 people from Valdosta and surrounding communities, and partners with local bee farmers in Georgia and Florida to supply several varieties of honey including Orange Blossom, Palmetto, Gallberry, Tupelo, Wildflower and Honeycomb.
 
“Nature Nate’s investment in our community has doubled from initial projections to $3.5 million dollars invested since 2015,” said Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Nature Nate’s honey company is an example of the positive national impact companies can have here in Valdosta-Lowndes County.”

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Wednesday, May 10 2017

Bridge will open nearly two weeks ahead of Memorial Day weekend deadline, five weeks ahead of original June 15 projection

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal, along with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Transportation Board Chairman Robert L. Brown Jr., announced the reopening of I-85, six weeks after a March 30 fire and bridge collapse closed the corridor. The northbound and southbound lanes of the I-85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Metro Atlanta are projected to open to traffic by morning rush hour on May 15. The new opening date is nearly two weeks earlier than GDOT’s most recent commitment of Memorial Day weekend, and five weeks ahead of the original projected opening date of June 15.

“While this situation has been a tremendous challenge, the response from the people of Georgia has been nothing less than remarkable,” said Deal. “It is extraordinary that in just six weeks, this critical piece of infrastructure is nearly ready to reopen for motorist use following the fire and bridge collapse. I am grateful to President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for providing the financial assistance necessary to complete the bridge on an expedited timeframe. I'd also like to thank Commissioner Russell McMurry for his leadership throughout this project, as well as the leadership of MARTA, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the State Road and Tollway Authority for leading the charge in providing alternative commute options. Most importantly, I thank the motoring public for their patience and the Atlanta business community for its flexibility. In Georgia, we get things done, and we have risen to the occasion for I-85 to be completed as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

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Monday, May 01 2017

$25 billion plan prioritizes education, child welfare and law enforcement
 
State of Georgia — Governor Nathan Deal held budget signing ceremonies across the state for next year’s $25 billion state budget. The legislation, HB 44, will support Georgia citizens by funding initiatives in education, human services, public safety, state infrastructure and other key areas. This budget is based on a 3.5 percent increase in general fund revenues over FY 2017, reflecting Georgia’s sustained economic growth.
 
“The FY 2018 budget maintains Georgia’s position as a national leader in conservative fiscal management and further strengthens our top priorities: quality education for all children, public safety in our communities, an economy that continues to generate jobs and an infrastructure system that supports a growing population,” said Deal. “With this budget, we are working to make Georgia a better place to live, work and play by investing in public safety personnel, teachers and others responsible for ensuring the safety of Georgia’s children. 

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Tuesday, April 11 2017

Gateway hubs plan regional response

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority experienced strong growth in containerized, auto and breakbulk trade in March.
 
The Port of Savannah moved 311,770 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, an increase of 5.6 percent or 16,621 TEUs. Total tonnage across all terminals increased 9.8 percent (258,627 tons), moving 2.89 million tons for the busiest March ever in the Authority's history.
 
"Strong demand from retail and manufacturing customers -- both in the U.S. and abroad -- is driving growth in Savannah and Brunswick," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "As existing port users expand their trade through our terminals and new customers tap into Georgia's connectivity to major population centers across the Southeast, we expect to see additional job and economic development opportunities for our region."

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Wednesday, March 22 2017

Photo Caption: The Port of Savannah has commissioned the first of four new ship-to-shore cranes at Garden City Terminal. Each new crane can lift 65 long tons to a height 152 feet above the dock. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)

Crane fleet climbing to 30 by 2018

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority has commissioned the first of four new Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes at the Garden City Terminal, bringing its fleet to 23 -- more cranes than any other U.S. terminal -- with three machines yet to come online.
 
"Expanding our capabilities means we are able to grow along with our customers, and adjust to changes in the logistics marketplace, such as increasing vessel sizes," said GPA Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy.
    
In just over four hours, crews working at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal lifted the boom of ship-to-shore crane Savannah 34. (GPA Video: Steve Bieberbach)

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Friday, March 10 2017

Savannah, GA and Norfolk, VA -- The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority filed on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to create the “East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement.”

The agreement encourages voluntary cooperation in the areas of operational and supply chain efficiencies, safety, communications and customer service.

“The U.S. East Coast continues to see larger vessels and cargo exchanges since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last year,” VPA CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart and GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said in a joint statement.

“Increasingly, our customers are seeking gateway ports on the East Coast that can leverage sufficient landside infrastructure to ensure the free flow of cargo.

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Monday, February 27 2017

Savannah, GA and Norfolk, VA — The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority filed on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to create the “East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement.”

The agreement encourages voluntary cooperation in the areas of operational and supply chain efficiencies, safety, communications and customer service.

“The U.S. East Coast continues to see larger vessels and cargo exchanges since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last year,” VPA CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart and GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said in a joint statement. “Increasingly, our customers are seeking gateway ports on the East Coast that can leverage sufficient landside infrastructure to ensure the free flow of cargo. The states of Georgia and Virginia have made the necessary investments to prepare for this new era in global trade. The East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement is an innovative collaboration that will allow us to find new ways to become more efficient and effective.”

The agreement will enable the member ports to work together to find ways to become more efficient and effective, which will benefit the citizens of their respective states, as well as shippers and the carriers.

Additional areas of cooperation between the GPA and VPA include acquisition and utilization of joint marketing materials and sharing best practices in areas such as terminal operating systems, training, cargo handling, access, turn-times and infrastructure, as well as supporting the promotion of all-water routes from the U.S. East Coast to the international marketplace via the Panama Canal.

Georgia and Virginia are not the first terminal operators to file with the FMC to share information. In December 2016, APM Terminals, DP World, Hutchinson Port Holdings, PSA International, Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., and the Port of Rotterdam Authority filed the “Global Ports Group Agreement” with the Federal Maritime Commission to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the container port industry. 

Find print-quality portraits of Griff Lynch and John Reinhart here.

About Georgia Ports Authority
Georgia's deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia's economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.

About The Port of Virginia
The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VPA owns and through its private operating subsidiary, Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), operates four general cargo facilities Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County. The VPA leases Virginia International Gateway and Richmond Marine Terminal. In fiscal year 2013, The Port of Virginia provided more than 374,000 jobs and generated $60.3 billion in total economic impact throughout the Commonwealth.

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Monday, February 27 2017

Set tonnage, container records in January

Savannah, GA —- The Georgia Ports Authority achieved outstanding January results, with double-digit growth across all business sectors and a 26 percent increase in total tonnage.
 
"The Port of Savannah is unrivaled in its connectivity into the heartland of the U.S. and the service excellence that port customers enjoy," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "With on-terminal efficiencies bolstered by interstates within minutes of the port and the fastest westward rail transit in the South Atlantic region, Garden City Terminal provides more reliable, more cost effective freight movement."
 
Lynch credited those supply chain efficiencies for the record 3 million tons of cargo GPA moved in January, up 623,504 tons compared to the same month a year ago.

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Thursday, February 16 2017

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that ELK Group International (ELK), a premier designer and importer of indoor and outdoor, residential and commercial lighting fixtures and home decor, will create more than 100 jobs and invest $2 million in a distribution center in Screven County.

“Georgia is a hub for thriving companies such as ELK Group International, and their decision to open a new facility in Sylvania is a great win for the region,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “With access to a skilled workforce and an efficient transportation infrastructure, ELK will find it easy to meet the growing demands of their customers, and expand their business in Sylvania.”

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Tuesday, February 07 2017

Photo Caption: Developers have purchased five parcels, totaling 500 acres, within the Savannah River International Trade Park for warehousing and distribution operations. Find print quality images here.

Announcement comes on the heels of three consecutive months of record growth

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah.
 
The new development, located on five parcels of land at GPA's Savannah River International Trade Park, is less than five miles from the Garden City Container Terminal and can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of logistics space.

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Thursday, February 02 2017

Atlanta, GA — The 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has more than 31,000 poultry, meat and feed industry leader attendees from all over the world. In addition, the show has more than 533,000 of net square feet of exhibit space and 1,275 exhibitors. Final numbers will be released next week. Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry industry event of its kind.

“This year’s tremendous exhibit floor and attendee and exhibitor numbers are a compliment to IPPE’s unmatched education programs, ample networking opportunities and diverse exhibits. The excitement and energy displayed by this year’s attendees and exhibitors will continue to safeguard the success and growth of future IPPEs,” the three organizations said.      

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Wednesday, January 25 2017

Photo Caption: December capped a busy year in containerized trade for the Georgia Ports Authority. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Inland terminal breaks ground

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority marked 12.3 percent container volume growth in December, moving 292,172 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 32,099 TEUs compared to December 2015, a record for the GPA.
 
Roll-on/Roll-off cargo mirrored that growth, with a 12.3 percent increase (7,000 units) in passenger vehicles and heavy equipment handled at Colonel's Island terminal in Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Georgia's deepwater ports moved 63,967 Ro/Ro units last month.
 
Executive Director Griff Lynch reported at the Authority board meeting Monday that several factors led to GPA's December record growth. "Strategic proximity to major population and manufacturing sites, direct interstate access and the most ocean carrier routes in the U.S. Southeast are the competitive advantages drawing customers to our ports," Lynch said. "As the largest single-terminal operation in the nation, Savannah's advantages are unmatched in the industry."

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Wednesday, January 18 2017

Atlanta, GA — The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), a leading design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, recently announced the promotion of Duane Lofdahl to Vice President and General Manager of The Austin Company Atlanta Operations.

Duane’s career with The Austin Company began in Cleveland’s General Department in 1989 as the Director of Design for newspaper facilities, where he assisted all offices in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and South America with the planning and design of newspaper facilities. In 1995, Duane moved to Atlanta as the Manager of Facilities Development for the southeast, but continued to support all offices with newspaper facility design.

Duane became a Vice President of Planning and Design and Senior Project Manager in 2005, with his first major project managing the design and construction of Valpak/Cox Target Media’s $55MM headquarters, production and distribution facility in Clearwater, Florida. In 2008, Duane served as Senior Project Manager for projects with Florida Power & Light in Homestead, Florida, and Hills Pet Nutrition in Emporia, Kansas. In 2012, Duane served as Senior Project Manager for the Newsweb project in Chicago, Illinois.

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Wednesday, December 21 2016

Valdosta, GA — At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority (VLDA) voted to approve and sign the economic development agreement with Georgia Beer Company. The agreement allows both parties to move forward with the development of Georgia Beer Company.

The agreement includes development and leasing of the property.  Through the agreement, the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority will act as the landlord and Georgia Beer Company as the tenant. They will lease the building for a sixteen-year term.

The brewery will be located in the old Waterworks building located on South Briggs Street in Downtown Valdosta.

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Wednesday, December 21 2016

Valdosta, GA — Saft, the world’s leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry is expanding their Valdosta plant to increase the TEL.X production line. 

“Saft’s priority is to provide customers with customized, high technology battery solutions with the reliability required in critical operations,” said Joseph Harrison, General Manager for the Saft Valdosta facility. “We’ve been in the Valdosta-Lowndes County area for more than 40 years and have recently invested an additional $3.2m in our Valdosta facility as a result of customer demand for our TEL.X battery solution.

The design, build and installation of this fast track project was completed in eight months and the new capacity will come on line in January 2017.  This capacity increase will add approximately eighteen operator positions, two material handling positions, a maintenance technician and a process technician” Harrison said.

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Tuesday, December 20 2016

Export, import loads see double-digit improvement

Savannah, GA -- Fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority reported for the month of November a 6.5 percent increase in total container traffic.

"Last month capped an active peak season, with November import and export cargo growing significantly," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

The Port of Savannah moved 167,333 containers, an improvement of 10,210 over November 2015.

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Tuesday, December 06 2016

Savannah, GA -- Four new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes arrived at Garden City Terminal Monday, bringing the Port of Savannah's total to 26, more than any other terminal in the U.S.
 
"For customers, it means the capacity to move up to a thousand containers per hour across a single dock at America's largest terminal - allowing us to work more vessels, more quickly," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "It means getting cargo to market and getting ships back out to sea with unmatched efficiency."
 
Designed by Konecranes of Finland, these enormous cranes can work the largest ships calling on the U.S. East Coast, reaching across vessels 22 containers wide.

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Friday, November 11 2016

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, announced that United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), a package delivery company, will create 1,250 jobs and invest more than $400 million to establish a regional sorting and distribution hub in Atlanta by the end of 2018.

“Georgia demonstrates an enduring commitment to industry leaders and job creators. With this investment, UPS will use Georgia’s location, transportation infrastructure and logistics sector to reach customers more quickly and more efficiently. UPS is already making a substantial economic impact in the Atlanta area and we look forward to the company’s continued success.”

UPS will create supervision, administrative and warehouse positions for the new sorting and distribution hub.

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Wednesday, October 12 2016

Savannah, GA -- The Savannah River channel reopened for commercial traffic Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon, nine of which will be worked at Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal.
 
"Georgia's ports are now fully operational which is a testament to the efforts of countless individuals to ensure our port customers experienced minimal impact," said Griff Lynch, Executive Director for the Georgia Ports Authority. "We would like to thank our many service providers, port stakeholders, first responders, GPA employees and Governor Nathan Deal's Office for working around the clock to bring the ports of Brunswick and Savannah back online so quickly."
 
By the end of the day, the Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.

 

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Thursday, October 06 2016

Photo Caption: The Port of Brunswick is the nation's fastest growing autoport.  With 652 acres of auto processing space available for development, Brunswick is poised for continued expansion. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Jim Carswell)

Logistec opens 221K square feet of new wood pellet capacity

Brunswick, GA -- At the annual State of the Port address hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced a 100-acre expansion of the Colonel's Island auto terminal, and welcomed Logistec's announcement of the completion of 221,000 square feet of wood pellet storage at GPA's East River Terminal.
 
"The additional 100 acres will allow GPA to grow along with our existing customers, and to attract additional carmakers to the nation's second busiest auto port," Lynch said. "This new roll-on/roll-off capacity is part of an initiative to service a growing market, while staying 20 percent ahead of our current demand."

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Monday, September 26 2016

Atlanta, GA -- Branch Properties, LLC, has purchased two shopping centers in an affluent suburb of Birmingham, Ala., with the goal of bringing the centers to 100 percent occupancy. The acquisitions represent the Atlanta-based real estate company’s first investments in the state of Alabama.

Branch acquired the properties in August from Bayer Properties and a silent partner. Inverness Corners is a 242,635-square-foot shopping center anchored by a Winn-Dixie grocery store and Kohl’s department store. The 74,818-square-foot, adjacent Inverness Plaza is anchored by PGA Superstore and Planet Fitness.

Thirteen additional tenants are located in the two shopping centers and four outparcel buildings, including restaurants and retail stores. In addition, there are three vacant storefronts with one available for rent.

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Monday, September 19 2016

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal  announced that the Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) helped create a total of 25,341 new jobs and generate $4.4 billion in investment during FY 16. This growth is a result of the expansion or relocation by 365 companies spanning every region of the state.

“Georgia has consistently been named a top state for business because of our highly skilled workforce and business-friendly economic environment,” said Deal. “In recent years, companies from across the country and around the world have chosen Georgia to relocate their headquarters or expand operations. Our world-class infrastructure and thriving technology industry continue to attract companies looking to reach growing markets in the southeastern states. I am confident that Georgia has the resources and economic environment to support growing businesses in the years to come.”

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Monday, September 19 2016

Lynch details 'game-changing' rail expansion

Savannah, GA -- At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported the GPA achieved an August record of 330,846 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a robust increase of 5 percent compared to August 2015.
 
"August container unit volumes were the third highest in the Authority's history, behind April and May 2015 at the height of diverted cargo from the West Coast," Lynch said. "Loaded imports continue to perform well, demonstrating a high level of diverted cargo retention."
 
Total cargo across all terminals reached 2.62 million tons in August, an increase of 117,470 tons, or 4.7 percent.

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Friday, September 16 2016

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Friday, September 16 2016

Floor & Decor announces 1.4M square-foot distribution complex

Savannah, GA -- In the annual Savannah State of the Port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch detailed a new strategic rail initiative, 'GPA's Mid-American Arc,' and welcomed Floor & Decor's announcement of Phase 1 of a 1.4 million square-foot distribution center complex.

GPA's Mid-American Arc will focus on the growth of intermodal rail, extending the Port of Savannah's reach to capture new markets across the Southeast and Midwestern U.S. "This enhancement of our rail capacity is a game-changer in the market to serve cities ranging in an arc from Atlanta to Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley," Lynch said. "Additional track will allow us to build unit trains, 10,000 feet long, completely on terminal, while reducing rail crossings and impact on the local community."

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Wednesday, September 14 2016

Technology company will invest $145M to expand world headquarters

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, announced that the NCR Corporation will create more than 1,800 jobs and invest $145 million in its Midtown Atlanta expansion. NCR will a construct a second tower at its global headquarters to bring together employees from the Alpharetta, Atlanta and Duluth offices.

“Georgia is a hotbed for leading technology companies such as NCR because of our extensive technology sector and pro-business climate,” said Deal. “NCR is already making a significant impact in the state’s technology industry and the company will reap the benefits of having its headquarters in this thriving technology cluster. NCR’s growth and expansion further proves that Georgia is on the minds of high-tech job creators.”

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Monday, September 12 2016

Georgia Ports Authority hires former COO at CMA CGM America
 
Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority has named Ed McCarthy as its new COO.
 
McCarthy comes to Georgia from his latest post in Norfolk, Va., as chief operating officer for CMA CGM America. Tuesday, Sept. 6 is his first day on the new job.
 
"We're thrilled to bring on someone with Ed's expertise to oversee port operations," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "His experience at major shipping lines and port terminals on both coasts will deliver important insights as we work to capture new opportunities in Savannah and Brunswick."

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Thursday, September 01 2016

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority continues to monitor Tropical Storm Hermine. As a result of the severe weather, the GPA will close its facilities in both Savannah and Brunswick Friday, Sept. 2.
 
Closed facilities include Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal in Savannah; and the Colonel's Island Bulk Facility and Mayor's Point Terminal in Brunswick. The GPA may resume field operations as early as Friday evening. Normal gate operations will resume at Garden City Terminal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Gate 4 only.

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Tuesday, August 30 2016

Coweta County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Variety Wholesalers, Inc., a retail store chain, will establish its second major distribution center in Coweta County, creating 320 jobs and investing approximately $10.5 million in the Newnan area.

The distribution center will support Variety Wholesalers stores as the company expands its presence in the southeastern, midwestern and south central United States. 

“Georgia’s business climate and transportation infrastructure continue to attract major businesses such as Variety Wholesalers to the state,” said Deal. “Variety Wholesalers’ decision to expand to Coweta County speaks to Georgia’s growing commercial infrastructure, demonstrates the significant investment opportunities offered by our ports and will further establish our state as an industrial magnet.”

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

Bartow County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. will expand its existing operation in Bartow County, creating 150 jobs and investing $50 million in the local community. voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is the supply base for the voestalpine Group, which produces ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers. 

“voestalpine’s decision to expand operations in Bartow County strengthens Georgia’s growing automotive industry and highlights the state’s extensive manufacturing capabilities,” said Deal. “When we met with voestalpine executives in Germany, we discussed the benefits that Georgia can continue to offer the growing company. The business environment in Bartow County and throughout the state will help voestalpine maintain its position as a leader in automotive supply, while bolstering Georgia’s reputation as a top state for business.” 

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Tuesday, August 16 2016

Photo Caption: The Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal features 48 truck lanes and averages 9,000 truck moves per day. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

CCM ensures reliable fleet access

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority has extended its multiyear agreement with the South Atlantic Chassis Pool of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) to provide the region with a "gray" chassis pool, a fleet of chassis that can be used by any trucking line to serve any port terminal in the Southeastern U.S.

"The gray pool model works for the South Atlantic, and continues to meet and exceed our expectations for sufficient, safe chassis available at any time," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "This new agreement secures the future of the gray pool in our region."

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Thursday, August 11 2016

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal and economic development partners celebrated the news that adidas will open a new footwear production site in Cherokee County, creating approximately 160 new jobs. To read more about this new adidas operation in Georgia, read the company’s full press release here.

Statement from Deal:
“Georgia offers industry leaders such as adidas the necessary resources to compete worldwide,” said Deal. “Our state is emerging as a sports corridor for Southeastern U.S., and our business-friendly climate will be a match for adidas’ new operation. We look forward to working with our partners in Cherokee County and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to support adidas in future growth.”

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

Cordele Intermodal Services to handle Kia parts imported via GPA

West Point, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Cordele Intermodal Services (CIS), Georgia's first inland terminal, will partner with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), to handle up to 30,000 TEU containers per year to supply the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point. This partnership will save more than 6 million truck miles each year.
 
"Kia has been a remarkably successful economic driver for West Point and Georgia's inland terminals provide a new efficient way for companies to transport goods throughout the state," said Deal. "This partnership and use of the inland port will reduce congestion on our highways and lower transportation costs, using new infrastructure to benefit both companies and the West Point area. The inland rail yards enable Georgia companies to grow to meet the demands of the Southeastern states, while bolstering economic development across the state."

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

Innovative customer experience and tech support provider to invest $4 million in Athens facility

Athens-Clark County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Voxpro, an innovative customer experience and tech support provider, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $4 million in a new Center of Excellence in Athens-Clarke County by 2020. 
 
“Georgia offers a wealth of resources for an innovative company like Voxpro to grow its business,” said Deal. “Georgia’s top-ranked business climate and highly skilled workforce is critical to attracting international business. We established a strong relationship with Voxpro leadership in Ireland and look forward to the company’s continued investment in Georgia.”
 
Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Voxpro employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and delivers customer support experiences in more than 32 countries. Voxpro’s clients include Google, Airbnb and Nest.

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Wednesday, July 27 2016

The world’s largest online marketplace to buy and sell women’s and kids’ secondhand clothing grows operations with Grand Opening of Fourth Distribution Center in Duluth, Georgia

Duluth, GA -- thredup.com, the leading online marketplace to buy and sell secondhand women’s and kids’ clothing, celebrated the Grand Opening of its new distribution center 2670 Breckinridge Blvd. in Duluth, Georgia with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and attended by state and local officials. Speakers at the event included thredUP COO, John Voris and SVP, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, Nick Masino.

“thredUP’s decision to grow its business here in Georgia is a direct reflection of our first-rate workforce and the ease of access we provide to the company’s online customer base.”

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Monday, July 25 2016

Port of Savannah tops 3.6M TEUs for second year

Savannah, GA -- At its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority approved a spending package of $19.7 million to construct the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth, Murray County, Georgia.
 
The funds consist of $10 million from the state of Georgia and $9.7 million from the GPA. In addition, CSX is making off-site improvements to facilitate the new inland port. Murray County purchased the land at a cost of $700,000 and deeded the site to GPA. For the land purchase, $500,000 came from a state economic development grant and $200,000 from the Murray County Economic Development Authority.
 
"We would like to thank our Board of Directors, Governor Deal, the state of Georgia, Murray County and CSX Transportation for making this incredible partnership possible," said Executive Director Griff Lynch. "The Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) will create a new gateway to the Port of Savannah for our customers serving Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond.

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Monday, July 18 2016

The MOL Benefactor is also the highest capacity vessel to ever call at the Port of Savannah

Savannah, GA -- The MOL Benefactor is the first vessel to call on Savannah through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal. At a capacity of 10,100 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Benefactor is also the largest ship ever to call the Port of Savannah.
 
The massive container ship, scheduled to move over 3,000 containers at GPA's Garden City terminal, is also the first Savannah call of the G6 Alliance's new NYX service. The East Coast rotation of the new service includes the ports of New York/New Jersey, Virginia and Savannah, exclusively deploying vessels in the 10,000-TEU range. 

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Wednesday, July 06 2016

Rail expansion to improve capacity, traffic

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority has received a $44 million Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase rail capacity at the Port of Savannah.
 
"I would like to thank the Georgia Congressional delegation, including Congressmen Buddy Carter and Rob Woodall, and Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, for their dedicated support of this program," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "As the nation's fourth busiest container port, Savannah's continued rail expansion is a key component to freight mobility in this country.  This transformative project will not only increase rail capacity and velocity at the Garden City Container Terminal, but will also provide substantial benefits to surrounding communities by improving public safety, reducing environmental impacts and avoiding commuter traffic."
 

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Thursday, June 30 2016

Cartersville, GA -- Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Shaw) broke ground on its three-story, 67,000 square foot Create Centre in Cartersville, Ga. on Friday, June 24. Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the Centre will house the commercial division’s marketing, design and innovation associates – including its Patcraft and Shaw Contract teams.

The Create Centre will offer a stimulating, storytelling environment that is a catalyst for growth and innovation across Shaw’s commercial business. Envisioned to inspire Shaw’s talented professionals, the Centre also will serve as a tool in recruiting new talent as the company continues to grow.

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Wednesday, June 29 2016

The Georgia Ports Authority is in the process of transitioning its container-handling rubber-tired gantry cranes to electric power. By using diesel power only to move between container stacks, eRTGs cut diesel use by 95 percent. Find print quality images here.  (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority has received a 2016 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for its electric rubber-tired gantry crane program that will transfer its container handling equipment from diesel to electric power.
 
In 2012, GPA began to implement the electric rubber tired gantry crane program. By the end of August, 45 will have been transitioned from diesel to electric power or purchased with electric power capability, bringing GPA's eRTG fleet to 30 percent of the total.
 
This cutting-edge technology, built to a GPA design, is the first eRTG installation of its kind at a port in North America.

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Friday, June 10 2016

GE Digital will create 250 jobs, invest $3 million in facility

Atlanta, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal announced that GE Digital will establish its first global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta. This project will create 250 jobs and represents an investment of approximately $3 million in the local community.

“Georgia’s dynamic business infrastructure continues to cultivate an environment that attracts and retains world leaders such as GE,” said Deal. “GE Digital’s decision to establish a presence in Atlanta speaks to Georgia’s status as a thriving hub for the technology industry. Our skilled workforce, global logistics network and resources for innovation provide companies with opportunities to grow and further demonstrate why Georgia is a top destination for job creators.”

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Tuesday, May 31 2016

Photo Caption: Governor Nathan Deal announces the opening of the Jimmy DeLoach Connector during a ceremony, Friday, May, 27, 2016, in Port Wentworth, Ga. The newly opened roadway will cut 900 hours in truck transit time per day, yielding important reductions in highway emissions. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Highway provides final link between Port of Savannah, I-95 and freight distribution facilities

Savannah, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal joined Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman-elect James L. Allgood, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry and local leaders to celebrate the opening of the Jimmy DeLoach Connector. The highway extension provides the final connection between I-95, one of the country's busiest interstates, and the Port of Savannah, the nation's fourth-largest and fastest growing container port.
 
"Since taking office, improving and investing in our transportation and infrastructure system has been a key focus of mine," said Deal. "To that end, I prioritized infrastructure projects that will ensure Georgia remains the gateway to the South. 

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Monday, May 23 2016

Savannah, GA -- The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority elected James L. Allgood as chairman.
 
"With more than 40 years experience as a business leader, Jimmy Allgood provides the insight and leadership skills necessary to continue GPA's progress toward a prosperous future," said outgoing Chairman James Walters.
 
Allgood, who served as vice chairman for two years, will assume his new responsibilities July 1.
 
"I'm excited to have this new opportunity to serve the state," Allgood said. "With our harbor deepening under way, the infrastructure investments we're making on terminal, and the improvements to road and rail connections we're building in Georgia, there is a wealth of opportunity ahead of us."

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Thursday, May 05 2016

Photo Caption: All containers are weighed on chassis upon entry at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, GA -- The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that state-calibrated scales already in use at the Port of Savannah meet a new requirement of the international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.
 
"We would like to commend the U.S. Coast Guard for bringing clarity to the SOLAS issue," said Griff Lynch, incoming executive director at Georgia Ports Authority. "In conjunction with the International Longshoremen's Association, the GPA currently weighs all loaded export containers, and will continue to do so at no cost to the customer."

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Thursday, April 28 2016

Creating 200-300 Jobs and investing $20 Million 

Eatonton, GA -- The Putnam Development Authority announced that Legacy Housing, LTD has reached two major milestones in their first 90 days of production: 

  • Manufactured 100 single-wide homes 
  • Manufactured first double-wide home 

The project began in July 2015, when the Horton Homes was pending the loss of their manufacturing facilities to a judicial tax sale. “Even though we were facing a terrible loss of our once largest employer in the county, the Putnam Development Authority recognized the opportunity that locating another mobile home manufacturer at the vacant plant would help replace lost jobs,” recalled Terry Schwindler, Economic Development Director of the Putnam Development Authority. 

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Wednesday, April 27 2016

Photo Caption: Griff Lynch, incoming executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, center left, holds the ribbon for Don Schoenl, president and chief executive officer of Nordic Logistics and Warehousing, at a ceremony April 15. The company's new 200,000 square-foot facility is part of a 3.6 million square foot expansion in the Savannah warehouse market. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority photo)

Includes owner-operated, spec buildings and build-to-suit projects

Savannah, Ga. - April 27, 2016 - Investors are adding industrial space to meet booming demand in Savannah, with more than 1.7 million square feet of warehousing recently completed, more than 1.9 million square feet under construction, and a 2,700-acre development just announced. The investments mean additional jobs, and room for port customers to grow in the Southeastern U.S.
 
"These commitments by the private sector on numerous commercial real estate projects show confidence in the continued success of Savannah as a cargo hub for the U.S. Southeast," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. 

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Flooring manufacturer to expand luxury vinyl tile production, invest $100 million in Dalton-Whitfield County

Atlanta GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, will expand its existing vinyl flooring operations in Dalton-Whitfield County. This project will significantly increase the company’s current U.S. luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing capacity. The $100 million capital investment in infrastructure and equipment will generate approximately 200 jobs for the region. 

“Mohawk’s continued expansion in Georgia underscores how a premier flooring manufacturer helps Georgia’s entire floor covering industry remain competitive,” said Deal. “This is a great indicator of the strength of the carpet and floor covering industry. We look forward to Mohawk’s continued job creation and investment in our state.”

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Friday, April 15 2016

Adds 200,000 square-foot cold storage facility

Savannah, GA -- Nordic Logistics and Warehousing has doubled capacity at its Savannah location, holding a ribbon cutting Friday for a new 200,000-square-foot cold storage and blast freezing facility.
 
"Exactly three years ago, Nordic opened its doors here in Savannah to give our customers the logistical advantages that come with one of America's most efficient ports, combined with the superior connectivity of Interstates 95 and 16," said Don Schoenl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordic.
 
Nordic, a member of AGRO Merchants Group, LLC, opened its initial 200,000 square-foot cold storage warehouse in Savannah April 11, 2013. Nordic's Phase I facility has exported over half a million tons of frozen food since its opening.

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Friday, March 25 2016

Industrial distributor to invest more than $100 million in metro Atlanta

Atlanta, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that HD Supply Holdings, Inc., one of the largest industrial distributors in North America, will create 500 new jobs and invest more than $100 million in Cobb County throughout the next 5 years.

“Our pro-business climate, highly-skilled workforce and manufacturing infrastructure continue to attract companies like HD Supply to Georgia,” said Deal. “The company’s expansion will allow them to continue growing as a leader in the industrial distribution industry. I am confident that HD Supply will benefit from opening a new facility in our state and further prove why Georgia is a top destination for job creators.”

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Tuesday, February 23 2016

Atlanta, GA -- Shorr Packaging Corp, a national and independent packaging supplier, announced the opening of its new distribution and warehouse facility in Atlanta. The warehouse creates a permanent presence for existing customers who have facilities in the Southeast region and provides better delivery options for Shorr to expand and succeed in that market.

“Our commitment and priority is to improve service for our customers by increasing inventory and product availability in this region,” said Craig Funkhouser, President. “Atlanta is a terrific area and the facility is in an optimal location. Shorr will look to make the continued investments in infrastructure and logistics to support our customers.”

The new 50,000 sq. ft. regional facility is located in Parkside Logistics Centre and provides a 75% increase in floor space over the previous model. The facility comfortably accommodates the sales and customer service teams, along with a spacious corrugated design and equipment demo room.

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Friday, February 05 2016

Sea Island, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal will speak at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference in Sea Island on Monday, Feb. 8, at 8:15 a.m.
 

  • WHO: Gov. Nathan Deal
  • WHEN: Monday, Feb. 8, at 8:15 a.m.                 
  • WHERE: The Cloister Ballroom, Sea Island

 
Following his remarks, Deal will hold a media avail in the Ossabaw room.
 
Jen Talaber
jtalaber@georgia.gov
 
Alyssa Botts
abotts@georgia.gov

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Thursday, February 04 2016

Board appoints Griff Lynch as new executive director

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority's Board of Directors announced that its Executive Director, Curtis J. Foltz, will step down at the end of the Fiscal Year, June 30.
 
"Curtis Foltz has led the GPA to achieve great things over the past six years as Executive Director, and the six years prior as Chief Operating Officer," said Jim Walters, Chairman of the Board. "In addition to record cargo growth, GPA, under Curtis' leadership, modernized its terminals and developed operational practices that increased efficiency, improved safety and focused on environmental stewardship. The Board is grateful for the many contributions he made to the Authority during his distinguished career as Executive Director and as Chief Operating Officer."
 
Foltz has agreed to provide consulting services to the GPA for one year after his departure.

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Monday, January 25 2016

TEUs at all-time high

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority achieved record container volumes in 2015, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the GPA board Monday.
 
Over the last calendar year, the Port of Savannah moved an all-time high 3.73 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 391,356 TEUs, or 11.7 percent compared to CY2014.
 
"The expansion was fueled in part by heightened demand in the U.S. Southeast, Savannah's logistical advantages drawing new customers to Georgia, and cargo diverted from the West Coast," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.

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Wednesday, January 20 2016

Brazilian-based logistics firm to invest $5 million in Fulton County

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal joined by Mayor Kasim Reed today announced that Merchant e-Solutions, a payment-processing company, will establish its new corporate headquarters in Buckhead. This project represents the creation of over 140 new jobs and a capital investment of $5 million.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with their leadership on an economic development mission to Brazil,” said Gov. Deal. “As a result, we can now celebrate the relocation of their headquarters from the Silicon Valley to Georgia. This announcement is further affirmation that our highly-skilled workforce, well-connected logistics infrastructure and culture of collaboration will continue to draw top-tier prospects like Merchant e-Solutions.”

Merchant e-Solutions is a commercial acquirer and global payment processing company. The company’s technology platform supports the needs of a variety of merchant segments, from small businesses to B2B wholesalers and global e-commerce enterprises.

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Monday, January 18 2016

Atlanta, GA -– Non-stop order-writing, record year-over-year traffic growth and hundreds of new and newly expanded showrooms are setting the mark for the January 2016 Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market®  in the opening wave of its eight-day run.  The 59th consecutive winter show under continuous Portman Family ownership and management kicked off January 12 with fast-paced buying and selling across all product categories.

Leading retailers, designers, specifiers and tastemakers from throughout the U.S. and around the world are making AmericasMart® Atlanta their market of choice to source a merchandise line-up featuring thousands of lines and countless introductions, many in exclusive U.S. debut. Top lines and designs in showrooms and temporary booths housing leading manufacturers, importers and sales representative organizations—all looking to harness the global power present at AmericasMart—are selling first, here, in the first U.S. global market event of 2016.

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Tuesday, December 01 2015

2,000-acre industrial site ready to accept large-scale facilities and accommodate more than 5,000 jobs

Dublin, GA -- The Heart of Georgia Mega Site, a 2,000-acre industrial site located in Laurens County, is now the state’s first certified Mega Site/Super Park, ready to attract industries and support job creation. The certification by McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), a nationally recognized expert in site selection, means the location was rigorously analyzed for several factors to ensure the land is “shovel-ready.” The site is also the only one in the country to receive the Mega Site/Super Park dual-certification.

The Heart of Georgia Mega Site is designed for development of large-scale facilities, such as warehouse, manufacturing and distribution centers. The site has the potential to bring more than 5,000 jobs to Dublin-Laurens County and surrounding communities by attracting projects with regional and state significance.

The Heart of Georgia Mega Site is centrally located in Middle Georgia, halfway between Atlanta and Savannah with direct frontage on I-16. The site includes rail access, is approximately 110 miles to the Port of Savannah and boasts an ongoing partnership with the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.

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Monday, November 23 2015

Mission Produce touts GPA customer service

Savannah, GA -- The Port of Savannah has added Peruvian avocados to its expanding portfolio of perishable goods.
 
"Importing avocados through Savannah was a first for Mission Produce, and for the avocado industry," said Jose Maldonado, Director of Global Logistics and Transportation for Mission Produce. "During the Peruvian season, we brought containers through Savannah to give us quicker access for our customers in the Southeast."
 
With farms located in the La Libertad region, near the city of Chao in Peru, Mission Produce ships avocados to the U.S. from May through September.
 
"Adding Savannah as an import location to serve the Southeast means fewer road miles, lower transit costs and fresher produce," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "Garden City Terminal's refrigerated cargo infrastructure is unmatched on the U.S. East Coast."

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Thursday, November 19 2015

Board approves new truck program

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority handled a total of 321,094 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) containers in October 2015, an additional 9,335 units, or 3 percent increase over the same period last year. For the fiscal year to date (July-October), the GPA has moved 1.27 million TEUs, up 74,754 units, or 6.2 percent.
 
"Month over month container volume growth continues to outperform expectations," said Foltz in his report during GPA's board meeting Monday. "Inflated volumes in 2014 due to West Coast cargo diversions are beginning to return to normal levels. We are optimistic consumer spending in the U.S. during the upcoming holiday season will lead to volume growth going into 2016."
 
Also during the November meeting, the Authority approved $12.75 million in spending for a 63-acre expansion of the Port of Brunswick's vehicle storage area. "The growing strength of the Southeastern U.S. market, combined with increased market share at Georgia's deepwater ports, have required a steady increase in capacity in both Savannah and Brunswick," said Jim Walters, GPA's Chairman of the Board.  "The action taken by the Board today will serve as a strong sales tool to prospective customers."

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Monday, October 26 2015

GPA achieves 7.3% TEU increase for the month

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority continues to expand freight volumes, marking the seventh consecutive month of record container throughput.
 
In September, the Port of Savannah handled 317,411 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 7.3 percent (21,713-TEU) increase over the same month last year.
 
"We are pleasantly surprised to see volumes remaining above last year's double digit growth," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz, who noted a 12.9 percent increase in September 2014. "Last month was the busiest September for container traffic in GPA's history. We anticipate, at some point this year, to begin seeing throughput leveling off to more normal patterns."

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Wednesday, October 21 2015

Port marks growth in all cargo sectors in FY2015

Brunswick, GA -- At the annual Brunswick State of the Port event Tuesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz discussed an ambitious capital improvement plan for Brunswick terminals.
 
"In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo, our capacity must remain higher than current demand," Foltz said. "To that end, we will be improving Brunswick facilities serving each of our major business sectors here, including automotive, breakbulk and bulk cargo."
 
Foltz said that over the past decade, the GPA has spent $46.2 million on infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Brunswick. Over the next 10 years, the Authority plans to more than triple that investment, calling for another $152 million in improvements.

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Tuesday, October 13 2015

Tucker, GA -- The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the fourth annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program that targets young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to engage and invest in young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat, or in the production of animal/poultry feed. Applicants must be a member of at least one of the following IPPE associations: American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).
 
The program is designed to recognize professional leadership qualities and to provide exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products. The program provides education to further training in each person’s respective industry and will expose the recipients to the latest technology used in the industry.

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Monday, October 05 2015

Norcross, GA -- Hyundai Forklift today announced the expansion of its geographic footprint and dealer base on the Eastern seaboard with the addition of Modern Group Ltd., headquartered in Bristol, Pa., as its newest authorized forklift dealer. With 70 years in business, the employee-owned Modern Group operates seven locations serving Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City.
 
“Distribution growth is essential for Hyundai, so we are extremely proud to welcome Modern Group – one of the largest and most respected equipment distributors in the industry – to our network,” said Chuck Leone, Vice President of Hyundai Forklift. “Our customers demand quality equipment and unmatched dealer support, and they’ll get that, and more, with this partnership.”
 
“We are thrilled to partner with Hyundai Construction Equipment, a company which is a global leader and is positioned for future growth,” said Paul Farrell, CEO, Modern Group. “Their forklift and construction products are world class, and their commitment to quality is second to none.”

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Thursday, September 24 2015

Harbor deepening sees major progress in 2015

Savannah, GA -- In his annual State of the Port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported on a year of extraordinary growth, and provided a review of the $142 million fiscal year 2016 capital expenditure plan.
 
"Georgia is making the investments necessary to maintain and strengthen our position as the premier gateway for trade to the U.S. Southeast," said GPA Board Vice Chairman James Allgood. "Our port customers want partners who are investing not only for today, but for the long term. By expanding and modernizing our transportation network, we ensure the fast, reliable delivery of goods to important markets at home and abroad."
 
Included in the plan to significantly increase capacity at the Garden City Terminal is a new empty container depot that will add more than 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent container slots. Foltz also detailed plans for the new Gate 8 which will add eight additional interchange lanes by March of next year. In addition, the authority is expected to receive four new ship-to-shore cranes, for a total of 26, and 30 new rubber-tired gantry cranes for a total of 146 in FY16, Foltz said.

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Tuesday, September 22 2015

One Marketplace™ Interconnection of High-Demand Data Centers and Network Resources Simplifies Enterprise Connectivity in Greater Atlanta Metro

Chicago, IL -- Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, announces the expansion of its One Marketplace™ network in Atlanta, Georgia, a technology and business hub in the Southeast that holds the fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and is home to 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies.  The diverse route fiber ring provides local customers with access to Global Capacity’s near-ubiquitous network reach and portfolio of data connectivity solutions to support today's Internet, security, video, voice and cloud applications that demand scalable and secure connectivity.

The 25-mile, diversely routed fiber ring interconnects Global Capacity’s Points of Presence (PoPs) located within Equinix’s data centers at 180 Peachtree St. NW and 56 Marietta St. NW, and Level 3 Communications’ 345 Courtland St., NE data center.

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Tuesday, September 22 2015

WATCH LIVE online: Curtis Foltz, Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, will deliver the Savannah State of the Port Address to a sold-out crowd and also live online Thursday, September 24, at 12:25 p.m.

Foltz will recap the fiscal year for the busiest container port in the U.S. Southeast, explaining how the Port of Savannah achieved record volumes with no congestion. He will also discuss progress toward deepening the Savannah Harbor.

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Monday, September 21 2015

Strategic support of industries at the site, combined with $100 million in ongoing capital projects, are key to grow top employers
 
San Antonio, TX -- Port San Antonio is working hand-in-hand with its customers and public partners as it leads an effort to add 5,000 new jobs at the large industrial complex by 2020.
 
Port President and CEO Roland Mower unveiled the ambitious goal to business leaders and public officials at the annual State of the Port briefing, hosted by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
 
To achieve this goal, the organization’s priorities will focus on ongoing modernization of the former Kelly Air Force Base property and further growing the Port’s strategic collaboration with its customers as they pursue important opportunities locally, nationally and globally.

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Monday, September 21 2015

Electric rubber tired gantry cranes tap into bus bars for power to lift containers at the Port of Savannah. On Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority board approved expenditures of up to $12.6 million to expand its yard crane electrification project. Find print quality images HERE. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Infrastructure improvements for Savannah, Brunswick approved

Brunswick, GA -- At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.
 
The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the start of the calendar year, an additional 365,097 TEUs. Twenty-foot equivalent container units grew by 4.4 percent (13,353 TEUs) in August alone, for a total of 315,175 TEUs.

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Monday, August 31 2015

Ports, job training help lure company to state
 
Savannah, GA -- Trident Seafoods has opened a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., providing 175 full-time jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of finished products annually for the U.S. market.
 
"We are excited to add Trident to our family of customers, especially within the valuable refrigerated cargo market," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "This is an important win for Georgia, and for the Port of Savannah."
 
Savannah's Garden City Terminal offers 84 refrigerated container racks and 814 chassis plug-ins, powering 2,830 refrigerated boxes at a time. Another 20 racks should be complete by the end of the year, adding 480 refrigerated container slots.

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Tuesday, July 28 2015

Service area includes North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky

Chatsworth, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority, Murray County and CSX Transportation signed a Memorandum of Agreement today, establishing the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth, Ga. Its service area will include North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky.
 
"This new inland terminal will open the door for economic opportunity and job creation for Northwest Georgia and the region," said Gov. Deal. "By providing a direct link to the Port of Savannah, the Appalachian Regional Port will create and expand international markets for businesses, and further the economic success of the Southeastern U.S."
 
Murray County Commissioner Brittany Pittman said the inland terminal is also a big win for economic development in her area.

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Tuesday, July 28 2015

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2015, an increase of more than half a million TEUs.
 
"The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick are cornerstones of Georgia's success, and major factors in creating new jobs and prosperity across the state," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. "The wave of economic impact created by our logistics network supports virtually every industry, from manufacturing and agriculture to mining, distribution, technology and transportation."
 
Strong performances across business sectors also led to records in total tonnage and roll-on/roll-off cargo in the year ending June 30.

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Thursday, July 23 2015

Valdosta, GA -- The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority (VLCDA) continues to see the growth of Valdosta-Lowndes County businesses with expansion of existing companies driving both investment and job growth resulting in $27.25 combined capital investment and 95 direct new jobs.

Robin Hood Timber and Landscaping Products Inc. an agribusiness company with a full assortment of commodity soil, bark and cypress mulch, will expand its landscape product manufacturing operations in Lowndes County, creating more than 50 new jobs over the next few years. The production facility located at what previously was ABS Greenworld was purchased to support the company’s growing marketing and sales base in the Southeast, North Florida as well as several Northern states.

Ring Container Technologies the industry leader in the design and production of lightweight, high performance PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) containers invested $10,000,000 to install new automated equipment in 2015. Ring Container Technologies is one of the largest plastic container manufactures in North America and focuses on finding sustainable solutions for the consumer packaging industry.

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Monday, July 13 2015

The Georgia Ports Authority has achieved record container volumes for three months in a row. Find print quality images here. (GPA photo / Stephen Morton)

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority set all-time records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May with strong growth across several key business sectors.

"Strong performances at GPA's five deep water terminals, including bulk cargoes and containerized freight, contributed to the growth," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.

During his report at its June meeting, Foltz told GPA's Board of Directors that the Authority had moved more than 338,000 twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs), a 16.4 percent increase, and 2.9 million tons of freight, a 9.6 percent jump.

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Friday, March 13 2015

Murray County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced today that PolyTech Fibers LLC, a Georgia-based polyester fiber manufacturer, will create 114 jobs and invest more than $12 million into its first manufacturing facility over the next three years in Murray County. 

“PolyTech Fibers is an excellent addition to our state’s manufacturing sector, an industry that employs more than 360,000 Georgians,” said Deal. “Our No. 1 business climate, which includes a top-ranked technical workforce and solid logistics system, makes Georgia an ideal location for this company. I am confident that our state will continue to foster growth in manufacturing firms across Georgia.”  

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Monday, March 02 2015

Savannah, GA -- Konecranes will deliver 10 all-electric Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Georgia Ports Authority in the US. The RTGs will go into service at Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah. With this delivery, scheduled for the summer of 2016, the Port of Savannah will operate a total of 146 Konecranes RTGs.

“This order moves us another step closer to achieving an all-electric RTG fleet at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “It’s an important part of our long-term mission to reduce emissions and protect the environment around the port, while increasing the port’s efficiency and growing our business. Konecranes is our long-term partner in this endeavor.”

“It’s a pleasure to play this key role in GPA’s continuing story,” says Tuomas Saastamoinen, Konecranes’ Sales and Marketing Director, Port Cranes. “We provide GPA with reliable, eco-efficient container handling equipment that keeps their productivity high.”

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Wednesday, February 11 2015

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that dots the "i's" and crosses the "t's" on the $706 million Savannah Harbor deepening project.

The bill, which now moves to the state House of Representatives, ensures that the state would indemnify the federal government for any liability that arises from the project.

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Wednesday, February 11 2015

This Hyundai Genesis was the 5 millionth vehicle handled by IAP at Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick

Savannah, GA -- A silver Hyundai Genesis rolling down the ramp of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde became the 5 millionth vehicle handled by International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick.

“On behalf of the GPA, I would like to congratulate IAP, a long-time partner at the Port of Brunswick,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “This important milestone exemplifies IAP’s reliability and the trust automakers have in their service.”

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Tuesday, January 27 2015

Atlanta, GA -- John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), was named the Association’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry’s most esteemed honor is given annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the Association and poultry industry. 
 
Starkey was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2014 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Dr. Hongwei Xin. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by newly elected 2015 USPOULTRY chairman, Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss.
 

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