Grant & Loan Awards: Houston County
EDGE grant funds of $300,000 are awarded to assist in the expansion of the Georgia National Guard Joint Cargo Training Mission (JCA) at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. The expansion supports L-3 Communications Integrated Systems (L-3), who has been contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense to carry out the JCA Training Mission. This mission involves transporting time-sensitive/mission critical cargo to the military’s various areas of operation around the globe. L-3 has been in business for over 33 years and is headquartered in New York, NY. The company employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is ranked # 182 on the Fortune 500 listing of America’s largest public companies. The company will produce and maintain the new C-27J as well as train crews to operate the JCA. In addition to 41 highly skilled jobs created as a result of this project, 300+ military personnel from all over the world will contribute to the local and regional economy during the repetitive 19-week training course. This will be the first facility in the world to house the new aircraft as part of the ongoing JCA Mission for the U.S. Military. In order to carry out the JCA Training Mission, L-3 will invest approximately $45 million in building modifications and the construction of the Joint Cargo Aircraft Cockpit and Fuselage Simulator.
EDGE grant funds to assist with site preparation in support of the location of Little League Baseball (LLB), Inc. LLB, a non-profit organization which organizes local youth baseball and softball leagues, has helped to organize over 200,000 teams (2.3 million players) in every state in the US and over 80 countries throughout the world. The Company is relocating its Southeastern regional headquarters from St. Petersburg, Florida to Warner Robins in Houston County to a new facility best suited for growth and expansion. LLB plans to construct 10,000 square-feet of administrative office/meeting space, practice fields, and enclosed one-story maintenance facility on 26 acres adjacent to the existing 29.56-acres Warner Robins American Little League complex. The location is expected to attract approximately 8,500 annual visitors to the area which over a 10-year period is estimated to have a $32 million regional impact.
EDGE funds to purchase equipment for the expansion of Perdue Farms, Inc., located in Perry, Georgia. Perdue Farms, founded in 1920, is in its third generation of family ownership and is a vertically integrated producer, processor, marketer and distributor of fresh and further processed poultry products. In addition, the Company merchandises and processes grain, soybean oil and feed ingredients. With 20,000 employees, Perdue Farms is the fourth largest poultry company in the U.S. behind Tyson Foods, Pilgrimâ€™s Pride and Gold Kist. This facility currently has 2,175 employees.
AIRGeorgia funds to purchase Precision Instrument Approach for Runway 36 at Perry-Houston County Airport, including: ILS Glide Slope; Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System; Land Acquisition; High-Intensity Runway Edge Lighting; Airport Road Realignment; and Precision Approach Path Indicator Upgrades.
EDGE funds to assist with capital improvements to an existing chicken processing facility to be acquired and expanded by Perdue Farms. This facility is currently operated by Cagle's with 1,150 employees. Perdue Farms is a leading international food and agriculture business with customers in 40 different countries. This project is in competition with Kentucky and North Carolina. The project is expected to retain the 1,150 existing jobs, and create an additional 700 new jobs.
EDGE funds to acquire an automated carton handling system for the Web Offset Press. This automation process will reduce processing costs and improve efficiency for Graphic Packaging Corporation (GPC). GPC is a global paperboard packaging company with leading market positions. This project is in competition with Monroe, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 46 new jobs in addition to the existing 111 jobs at this location. However, new job creation could rise to 100 when considering an on-site subcontractor and other vendors.