Grant & Loan Awards: Quitman County


Quitman County

EDGE Fund: $200,000

Awarded: 05/28/2008

Applicant: Quitman County Development Authority

EDGE funds to assist with expansion of a manufacturer of fishing lures, D & J Plastics in Georgetown, by constructing a 70x100x30 foot metal building with a 70x100 foot mezzanine for 14,000 SF of usable space to accommodate the Company's new product line and the just-in-time inventory management system. D&J Plastics began in 1998 with two employees and currently has 57 full-time exempt employees and 22 contract workers. DJC is Quitman County's only manufacturer, exporter, and largest private employer. In 2007, DJP partnered with an Alabama company to develop bio-degradable fishing lure material to be distributed solely by D&J under the brand name of Big Bite Baits which currently has 75 different products under this name. The new product line is sold in 13 Wal-mart stores in the Birmingham area as well as other sporting goods stores throughout the country and internationally. This project will create 20 new jobs, retain 57 existing jobs and create $200,000 in private investment. Georgia was in competition with Eufaula, Alabama.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $601,098

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