Grant & Loan Awards: Tift County


Tift County

Equity Fund: $500,000

Awarded: 06/01/2007

Applicant: Tift County Development Authority

Equity funds to assist Spring Hill Produce, LLC, with the acquisition of machinery and equipment to be used in the company's new produce and fruit packaging and shipping operation in Tift County. The parent company, Lewis Taylor Farms, plans to construct a 40,000 SF building on 12.5 acres to allow the company to use new technology that is currently only being used in California to fresh pack broccoli, cauliflower and melons. Spring Hill Produce will contract with farmers in Turner, Tift, Worth, Colquitt and Berrien Counties. Customers include Kroger, Publix, Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart and Food Lion. The refrigeration equipment needed for this process includes a compressor skid ($468,850) and a hydro-cooling tunnel ($332,816). This project will have a significant impact on the regional agricultural economy.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $1,896,670

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