Grant & Loan Awards: Jeff Davis County
AIRGeorgia grant funds will be used to assist with improvements to the Hazlehurst Municipal Airport (HMA) including extending the airport’s sole runway from 4,508 feet to 5,008 feet. The runway construction will include storm drainage improvements, base, paving, striping, associated erosion control and aviation lighting. Lighting improvements include connecting to existing PAPI and MIRL systems as well as installing new lighting along the proposed extension. HMA is owned and operated by the City of Hazlehurst and situated on approximately 150 acres. The airport, operates with a full-time manager and provides 24-hour self service fuel station.
Equity funds to assist with acquisition of 140,000 SF building located on 4 acres in Hazlehurst to support the relocation and expansion of McPherson Manufacturing Corporation. Company operations are currently decentralized in Alamo, Denton and Hazlehurst. In addition to supporting the expansion of McPherson, the project also provides an opportunity to revitalize a Brownfield site (formerly operated by Alco Controls) that has been vacant for a number of years. McPherson manufactures die cut electrical insulation, gaskets and electronic controls for refrigerators and has been in business since 1979.
ESB loan guarantee for the buyer to purchase and expand Triple C Home Decorating Center, an existing business in Hazlehurst, into one that specializes in paint, floor covering and interior dÃ©cor items. The new owner will merge her previous floor covering business with a paint store. Altamaha Bank & Trust in Uvalda is the lender.
Equity funds for public road improvements to assist with the construction of a peanut collection facility for the Jeff Davis Peanut and Grain Company. Currently, there are no collection or buying stations in an 8-county area including Jeff Davis, Appling, Tattnall, Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Wheeler and Bacon. The 14 stockholders have a combined 400 years farming experience and have pooled their experience and knowledge in an effort to support this value-added agricultural activity. The company has a five-year contract with Golden Peanut to buy peanuts and expects to provide 12 full time jobs and 19 seasonal jobs.
Equity funds to assist with establishing a culinary arts training center in an historic antebellum house built around 1900, known as the Big House. Funds would be used to renovate and adapt the building to develop a culinary school. This project builds on the success and collaboration of Second Harvest and Altamaha Tech in Savannah. The project is innovative and provides an opportunity to diversify the economy of an area with a 9.3 umemployment rate - among the highest in the state.