Grant & Loan Awards: Tift County
EDGE funds to assist with building improvements to a 214,000 SF facility to support the location of American Textile Company. ATC, founded in 1925 and headquartered in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, manufactures a range of bedding solutions that use allergen barrier and flame resistant fabrics. Products are available at retailers including Kohls, Target, Walmart, Stein Mart, etc.
EDGE funds for building construction to support the expansion of Heatcraft Refrigeration Products, LLC (HRP), a manufacturer of climate-control solutions for commercial and industrial applications. The Company plans to construct a 310,000 square-foot manufacturing facility adjacent to its existing facility in the Magnolia Industrial Park in Tifton. HRP, headquartered in Stone Mountain, is a subsidiary of Lennox International, a publicly traded company whose history dates from 1895 when Dave Lennox built and sold the industryâ€™s first riveted-steel furnace which was more durable than the cast iron furnaces of the time. Units manufactured at the Tifton facility include evaporators, condensers and other refrigeration products representing five market leading brands: Bohn, Larkin, Climate Control, Chandler and Interlink. With 267 existing jobs and 325 new jobs, this expansion will make the Tifton plant the only refrigeration manufacturing facility in North America for Heatcraft Refrigeration Products.
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.
Equity funds to assist with acquisition of machinery and equipment to support a regional peanut shelling facility operating as Tifton Quality Peanuts, LLC that is owned by 106 peanut growers from 11-south-central Georgia counties. The facility, with a 60,000 ton capacity, projects the creation of 55 new jobs, providing an opportunity to expand and diversify the regional agricultural economy.
EDGE funds to repair equipment damaged in a fire earlier this year at Avondale Mills, a denim manufacturing facility in Tift County. Otherwise, the company will close the plant and relocate to existing facilities in Alabama and South Carolina. This project would preserve 85 jobs of which 25% represent 30 years of employment.
EDGE funds to purchase an inventory racking system to serve Orgill's expansion of its existing distribution center in Crossings Park in Tifton. Orgill, Inc., a worldwide distributor of home improvement products, must expand its' distribution facility in Tift County or Martinsburg, West Virginia. The Development Authority would subsequently lease purchase the equipment to Orgill, Inc. This project would create an additional 200 jobs.
EDGE funds to assist with the purchase of machinery and equipment for a new manufacturing and distribution facility for Aladdin manufacturing Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, Inc. Mohawk is one of the nationâ€™s leading manufacturers of floor-coverings. Aladdin will manufacture and distribute carpet pads at the new 112,500 square-foot facility. The facility will be located on a 19-acre tract of land in the Magnolia Industrial Park. With private investment of $5,360,000, this project will create 50 new jobs over the next two years.
Equity funds to extend the City's telecommunications service, called CityNet, to serve the new Union Road Industrial Park, the Tift area campus of Moultrie Technical College and newly expanding industry along the route. Equity funds will be used to purchase and/or lease equipment. The extension will cover 6.4 miles and tie in from a head-end node on CityNet's existing network.
EDGE funds to purchase equipment for Turner's Furniture distribution center, which is to be constructed near Tifton. The distribution facility would create 40 new jobs. The project includes land preparation, building construction and equipment purchase.
Equity funds to assist with infrastructure improvements to serve the new 83,000 SF conference center located at the Rural Development Center as well as the development of an adjacent 40-acre industrial park targeted to agriculture incubator start-ups from nearby NESPAL (National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory).
Equity funds to finance renovation and expansion of 6,893 SF city-owned building downtown as a workforce development center including migrant worker training, adult education classes, technical training, job placement, etc.
Equity funds for construction of incubator facility adjacent to NESPAL to support new companies working to commercialize agriculture/biotechnology research.