Grant & Loan Awards: Bibb County
EDGE funds to assist with the expansion of TIMCO based in Greensboro, NC. TIMCO is one of the world’s largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul providers, performing these services on the Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft as well as the Airbus 320. With this expansion, TIMCO will begin services in Macon on the Boeing 757 wide-body aircraft as part of its contract with U. S. Airways.
EDGE grant funds of $1,505,770 will be used to assist with site preparation to support the relocation and expansion of First Quality Baby Products, LLC (FQ). Through First Quality Retail Services, LLC, an affiliated company, First Quality Baby acquired a facility in 2008 for the manufacture of diapers and other hygiene items. With the current site landlocked and the company’s need to expand, FQ will relocate to a 70.5-acre site in Bibb County. The new state-of-the-art facility, 800,000 SF, expandable to 1,000,000 SF, will produce private label baby diapers and training pants. The Company offers its products for both retail and institutional sale and is distributed in the US and worldwide. Some of FQ’s customers include Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, CVS and Rite Aid. Construction on the manufacturing facility is underway, with production scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2011.
EDGE grant funds of $800,000 will be used to assist with building improvements and equipment purchases to assist with the location of a commercial aircraft service facility in Macon for Bombardier Services Corporation (BSC). The Macon facility complements two other Bombardier service centers in West Virginia and Arizona. BSC, a business unit of the Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier, Inc. (BI), provides a wide variety of aircraft maintenance services. BSC will provide heavy maintenance services exclusively for Georgia-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA). The aerospace unit of BI, under which BSC falls, is the third largest civil aircraft manufacturer in the world behind Boeing and Airbus. The Macon facility is a reflection of the company’s commitment to high quality maintenance support for its customers.
EDGE funds to assist with site preparation and infrastructure costs to support the location of Kumho Tire Georgia, Inc. (KTG), a Korean-based tire manufacturer, to Macon. The Company plans to construct a 1.3 million square-foot facility on a 131acre site in the Sofkee Industrial Park. KTG is a subsidiary of Kumho Tire Company, Inc. (KT) which was founded in 1960 and is the eleventh largest tire manufacturer in the world. With manufacturing facilities in Korea, China and Vietnam, this will be Kumho’s ninth facility. In addition, this facility will be the first one in North America. KT manufactures tires for passenger cars, SUV’s, light trucks, commercial trucks and formula 3 competition racing cars. Customers include Ford, General Motors and Porsche.
EDGE funds to assist with the expansion of a cooler/freezer distribution center in Bibb County to support the relocation and expansion of the MBM Corporations existing Macon facility. MBM is one of the largest privately owned food service distributors in the nation. The Company specializes in food and other related products to national restaurant chains like Arbyâ€™s, Burger King, Captain Dâ€™s, Chick-fil-A, Red Lobster and Olive Garden to name a few. MBM, founded in 1947 and based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, operates 32 distribution centers throughout the continental United States. The Macon location has outgrown its 43,000 SF and will relocate to a 16-acre site in Maconâ€™s Ocmulgee East Industrial Park. The new facility will be 90,684 SF and will allow the company to meet its customer needs, retain existing jobs and create additional jobs in middle Georgia. This project is in competition with Nashville, TN.
EDGE funds to assist with site preparation costs to support the location of a 300,000 SF manufacturing facility for Nichicha USA on a 59.566-acre tract in the Airport South Industrial Park. The Authority has applied on behalf of Nichiha USA, Inc., a leader in the worldwide fiber cement industry founded in Japan. This project is in competition with Charlotte, North Carolina. The proposed manufacturing facility will create 100 new full-time permanent jobs within two years.
EDGE funds to asist with site preparation for 60-acres adjacent to Interstate 75 in Bibb County. The Authority has applied on behalf of Bass Pro Outdoor World, L.L.C., a national sporting goods retailer that plans to open a 500,000 SF regional merchandise processing and distribution facility for the southeastern United States. In addition, plans include 120,000 SF of retail space. The distribution center will be the Company's first regional distribution center and serve the company's retail stores located in GA, FL, TN and VA. This project will create 270 new jobs initially (120 for the distribution center and 150 for the retail component). Private investment is projected to be $34 million. This project is in competition with South Carolina.
Equity funds to purchase equipment and furnishings for lease to Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, a non-profit workforce development agency. Goodwill has acquired the former Sam's Club building in Macon for use as a regional Culinary Arts and Hospitality Service Training Center. The facility will create 125 new staff positions and will provide paid training to approximately 85 individuals per week in demand occupations for the food service industry. The strategy of the central campus is to accommodate a full range of workforce development services in the food service industry including job training, intensive counseling, core job search and career advancement services for people with barriers to employment.
EDGE funds to assist with site preparation costs for the construction of a new 520,000 SF distribution center to be located in Airport East Industrial Park in Bibb County. Kohl's Department Stores, Inc., a national retailer, is seeking to open and operate a regional merchandise processing and distribution facility for the southeastern United States. Macon, Bibb County is in competition with Lanett, Alabama. The project will create 200 new jobs within the first year, expanding to 300 jobs by the end of the third year and increasing to 400 jobs by the end of the fifth year.
EDGE funds to assist with the purchase of the equipment needed to secure an additional manufacture and support work package on the AH-64D Apache Longovw Attack Helicopter. The Macon Boeing facility is in competition to obtain this work package with other Boeing facilities located in Arizona, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. This new work package will retain 30+ aircraft jobs with the prospect of additional new jobs if the work can be performed on time and on budget.
EDGE funds to assist with the purchase of the tooling equipment needed to secure a new maintenance line for a major aircraft maintenance operation in Bibb County. The new line will create 60 new aircraft jobs immediately in the Macon facility with the possibility of 40 to 50 additional jobs being added in 2 to 3 years.
EDGE funds to assist with improvements to the Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) maintenance facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. ASA is implementing a two-phase investment. Phase I will entail the construction of a storage and training facility at the existing ASA maintenance facility. Phase II will require either the construction of a new hangar or the enlargement of the existing hangar in order to establish an additional maintenance program for the new CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet). At least 300 jobs at the ASA facility will be retained with the continuation of existing operations, and Phase II is expected to generate an unspecified number of new jobs.
Equity funds for assistance with sitework & construction of a two mile access road to 450-acre I-75 Industrial Park. Road will increase marketability of the park, providing entrance/exit to the north at Hartley Bridge Road and Sardis Church Road to the south.
EDGE funds for new equipment to be leased to King David Kosher, Inc., for their new kosher chicken-processing plant. This project will create up to 350 jobs and result in approximately $8 million in private investment.