Grant & Loan Awards: Toombs County


Toombs County

EDGE Fund: $1,000,000

Awarded: 06/30/2010

Applicant: Toombs County Development Authority

EDGE grant funds of $1,000,000 are awarded to assist with building improvements to assist with the location of a manufacturing and distribution facility for Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC d.b.a. Chicken of the Sea International (COS). Chicken of the Sea is one of the top producers of canned/pouched tuna capturing 25 percent of the US market share. The Company, located in an existing industrial building, constructed a 14,000 square-foot freezer facility that is connected to the existing building. The facility is situated on a 27 acre site in the Toombs Corporate Center on US Hwy 1 north of Lyons. Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC (TUS) is a subsidiary of Thai Union International, Inc. (TUI) which is based in San Diego. The parent company is the second largest processor of tuna in the world and with the opening of the Georgia plant; Thai Union Frozen Products anticipates that it will become the largest tuna processor in the world. The Toombs County canning operation is the first in Georgia for TUF and its many subsidiaries.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $21,519,100

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