Grant & Loan Awards: Brooks County
AIRGeorgia funds to assist with the acquisition of 16 acres of land and site preparation, construction, lighting and engineering costs to extend the existing 3,600 ft Runway 9/27 to 5,000 ft. The Airport is currently unable to service local and prospective businesses due to its inadequate runway length. Numerous letters were included citing the inadequacy of the airport to accommodate traffic in the industrial, commercial and tourism sectors. The increased traffic will also support the development of other services such as hangar rentals and fuel sales that are currently unavailable. Local businesses have committed to using the Airport, pending runway extension, as well as two local Plantations who currently use airports in nearby communities for their transportation needs. All other funding sources are committed.
EDGE grant funds to assist with building improvements to support the location of Crown Health Care Laundry Services, Inc. (CHLS), a full-service healthcare laundry processor and linen rental company, to Quitman. The Company plans to locate in an existing 80,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. CHLS, founded in 1955, has processing facilities in Selma, AL; Pensacola, FL; and Columbia, SC. Currently all of these facilities are operating at full capacity. The Company markets to the healthcare industry and currently has contracts with hospital and nursing home facilities in the south-central regions of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Services include linen rental, clinic route service, surgical pack assembly, on-premise laundry management and direct linen sales. According to the Textile Rental Services Associationâ€™s 2008 Strategic Analysis, textile services market will surpass $14 billion in sales in 2008. This project is in competition with Florida.
Equity funds to assist with the cost of water, sewer and road infrastructure extensions into the county's first industrial park to support its anchor tenant, Roastwood Materials, in the creation of 52 jobs. This 250-acre industrial park was purchased by the Brooks County Development Authority in 2005 for $1.25 million. The Company will construct a new wood drying kiln facility and saw mill in order to process lumber products for use in the construction of decks, exterior siding and interior paneling for Lindal Cedar Homes and Lindal Additional. Lindal Cedar Homes, started in 1945 and with nearly 300 sales outlets nationwide, are designed from the patents, copyrights and trademarks of Sir Walter Lindal. The company has a patented tongue & groove interlocking design requiring no nails or screws for assembly and a patent/trademark for the kiln processing. Roastwood and Lindal have executed a 5-year renewable contract for production of wood products. In addition, the Company will purchase lumber from 21 Georgia wood suppliers.
ESB loan guarantee to purchase a former Badcock Furniture store building and 2.2 acres in Quitman. Dale (Eddie) Knight, Jr., a former employee of Badcock Furniture for 20+ years in such areas as delivery, sales and management, took the opportunity to purchase and open the furniture store as KAB Furniture, Inc. United National Bank in Cairo is the lender.
EDGE funds to assist with rehabilitation of a Moultrie meat processing facility for use by National Beef, creating 163 full-time permanent jobs at start up with an estimated payroll of $3.96 million within 24 months of sustained operation.