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Thrush Aircraft announces 100 new jobs, features in ADEDC ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

April 26, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins –

rhawkins@choosealbany.com –

229.434.0044

April 26, 2017

#MadeInAlbanyGA

 

Albany, GA – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced today that Thrush Aircraft, an Albany manufacturer specializing in aerial application aircraft, would create 100 new jobs in Albany-Dougherty County to support the growing demand for the company’s agricultural, patrol and forestry airplanes.

The announcement came at Thrush’s campus during the monthly board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), which in September 2016 kicked off its existing industry tour and #MadeInAlbanyGA industry marketing campaign. The highly successful campaign focuses on an existing industry each month. Today, the Albany-Dougherty EDC launched its April segment featuring Thrush.

“Being ‘Made in Albany’ has helped enable Thrush’s success,” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “We see our job as being there to help our customers do their jobs better; success for one brings success for the other, and collaboration is necessary to make that happen. The same can be said for producing our airplanes in Albany. Thrush is proud of the expansions we have been able to accomplish with the help of the Albany-Dougherty EDC. We’re very excited about Thrush’s future in the aviation industry and in this community.”

Hughes says the expansion is due to worldwide growth in the agricultural equipment industry, along with the addition of two new product lines- the reproduction of a 700 gallon agricultural plane known as the Thrush 710, and a newly developed patrol model designed for military purposes.

Today there are more than 2,100 Thrush aircraft operating in some 80 countries around the world, most of which are the Thrush 510 model, powered by either the new GE H80 turbine engine or the Pratt and Whitney 34 turbine engine.

Thrush airplanes have been produced in Albany since 1965 under several corporate names, and the company today employs more than 270 people. During the next three years, Thrush has committed to creating 100 new jobs – bringing its total work force to nearly 400 – primarily in production and quality control.

“This is a great announcement for Thrush and for Albany and Dougherty County,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “The Albany-Dougherty EDC places a strong emphasis on working closely with its existing industries, which account for up to 80 percent of job growth in communities. Thrush is an incredible company to work with and they are a committed stakeholder in our community. They’ve seen the value of doing business in Albany, and the decision to continue investing in the community through job growth is a testament to our capability as a manufacturing location, and to the strength of workforce.”

Last week, as part of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week and its annual ADEDC Industry Awards, the agency presented Thrush with the Global Commerce Award for its consistent and significant growth in markets across the world.

To learn more about Thrush, visit thrushaircraft.com. Applications for the announced jobs can be found online at www.thrushaircraft.com/en/information/employment.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which features an existing industry each month, is an expansion on the award-winning video of the same title, produced by the ADEDC in 2014. The expanded 2016-2017 campaign includes both print and digital components, which can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its Web site, choosealbany.com.


Albany Green Energy biomass plant showcased in ADEDC’s ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

November 29, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

November 29, 2017

#MadeInAlbanyGA

 

Albany, Ga. – Albany Green Energy, an Exelon-Constellation biomass energy plant, is being showcased by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission in its industry marketing campaign “#MadeInAlbanyGA”.

Using a biomass process, Albany Green Energy uses wood waste to produce steam energy which is then sold to Procter & Gamble (P&G), Georgia Power, and effective 2018, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

Located on the campus of paper product manufacturer P&G, Albany Green Energy is a 50-megawatt power generation facility generating 394,000 megawatt-hours of power per year – enough renewable electricity to generate power for more than 35,000 homes.

Through a process called “Combined Heat and Power,” which incorporates biomass from wood waste such as forest residuals, crop waste and mill waste that would otherwise be left to decay on the forest floor or be sent to a landfill, Albany Green Energy is able to produce renewable energy at a rate that is two to three times more efficient than traditional means.

“The biomass energy production facility at Albany Green Energy is on the cutting edge of energy manufacturing, being clean, efficient and cost-effective,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “The partnership between Exelon, P&G, Georgia Power and MCLB Albany concerning this project is a testament to the progressive and collaborative spirit in Albany-Dougherty County that helps move businesses forward.”

Through its partnership with P&G, the biomass plant is able to provide the industry with100% of the steam needed to power its 24-hour manufacturing operation.

Albany Green Energy is a subsidiary of Constellation, parent company Exelon, which through such subsidiaries sells power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across continental United States.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which features an existing industry each month, is an expansion on the award-winning video of the same title, produced by the ADEDC in 2014. The expanded 2016-2017 campaign includes both print and digital components, which can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its website, choosealbany.com.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

 


Procter & Gamble Albany announces new jobs

September 8, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

September 8, 2017

Albany, Ga. – Procter & Gamble today announced the addition of an estimated 30 new technician jobs at the Albany manufacturing plant.

The announcement comes on the heels of another recent hiring phase, which brought nearly 40 new employees to the plant. The estimated 30 new associates brings P&G Albany to an approximate total of 70 announced new jobs within the last year.

“We are thrilled to hire more employees to support our increased production at the P&G Albany Plant. The employees we hired earlier this year are off to an outstanding start and we look forward to hiring more great talent from Albany and Dougherty County,” said P&G Albany Plant Manager Werhner Washington.

P&G Albany, producer of Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue – both billion-dollar brands for the company, has a current employee total of nearly 700, making it one of the area’s largest manufacturing employers.

“P&G is a great corporate citizen on both the local and global level,” said Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland. “Their continued and expanded presence in Albany speaks to the capability of Albany-Dougherty County to effectively support an industry of this size, as well as to the skill level of our workforce and their ability to execute advanced industrial processes.”

Albany’s P&G plant is the primary supplier of Bounty and Charmin products to the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Washington said jobs are being added as a result of increased production demand.

The new technician positions will be responsible for maintaining and improving equipment and processes in the production of Bounty and Charmin products.

The application process is now open and interested candidates may apply online at www.pgcareers.com by clicking “apply” – “search job” – keyword Albany or job number MFG00005580.

 

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

 


Albany-Dougherty County to host spring 2018 Young Gamechangers program

August 22, 2017 > Posted in Community, News, News & Events

Via Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Albany, Ga. – Albany-Dougherty County leaders announced Tuesday the community’s selection as the host site for the spring 2018 class of GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechangers, a leadership action program that makes a tangible impact in select communities by bringing young minds into the public sphere as respected idea-generators and problem-solvers.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, City of Albany, Dougherty County and GeorgiaForward shared the news during an event that brought together community leaders at the Albany Welcome Center in downtown Albany. The spring 2018 program begins in January and concludes in June, at which time participants of the 50-member spring class will present recommendations for areas of community challenge.

“Albany-Dougherty County has experienced the positive outcomes of meaningful analysis, cross-sector partnerships, cross-region relationships and a shared vision for creating a stronger and more economically vibrant community,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, and Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We welcome Young Gamechangers to be a part of the solutions team for Albany-Dougherty County as we continue to create opportunities and leverage successes.”

“We have taken great strides within our community over the past several years to increase strategic collaboration, implement meaningful community partnerships and to better develop pathways from education to employment,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “As part of our growth, we invite the fresh perspective, innovative ideas and creativity that Young Gamechangers has demonstrated.”

“Honest, unbiased self-examination of our community’s strengths and weaknesses is of critical value for Dougherty County at this time,” said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Christopher S. Cohilas. “Any community that wishes to succeed must be willing to build upon its existing assets and propose meaningful solutions to its problems. This partnership with Young Gamechangers provides that opportunity.”

GeorgiaForward is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working as a catalyst to improve Georgia through cross-sector, statewide conversations and partnerships by engaging young professionals and business, political, academic and civic leaders.

“We are looking forward to bringing Young Gamechangers to Albany-Dougherty County next year,” said Kris Vaughn, executive director of GeorgiaForward. “This program is creating tangible change in communities across our state by tapping into the wealth of creativity and energy of Georgia’s young leaders. We are proud that each of the six communities this program has worked in to date has implemented one – if not several – of the recommendations presented by the Young Gamechangers. It will be exciting to see what ideas come from the spring 2018 Young Gamechangers.”

Previous Young Gamechangers communities are Americus/Sumter County; Dublin/Laurens County; Douglasville/Douglas County; Augusta; LaGrange/Troup County; and Milledgeville/Baldwin County. The spring 2018 program is made possible in part by The Commerce Club Foundation, Central Atlanta Progress, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Georgia CEO and GeorgiaTrend.

To be considered for the spring 2018 class, young professionals from across Georgia with a passion for uniting the state and strengthening its communities should apply online at georgiaforward.org. Applicants must be between the ages of 24-40. Ambitious minds from any professional sector will be considered. Applications must be received by midnight on October 6, 2017.


Commercial cleaning product manufacturer Adco in ADEDC ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

July 24, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

July 25, 2017

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today continued the 2016-2017 “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign featuring Adco Professional Products, a brand of parent company R.R. Street & Co. Inc. (Street).

In conjunction with its parent company, Adco is the North American leader in the manufacturing and marketing of dry cleaning process additives, stain removal agents and filtration products for the professional dry cleaning industry.

“Adco’s location in Albany is a testament to the benefits of doing business in Georgia, and specifically in Albany-Dougherty County,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “By reducing the costs of doing business and offering strong support and advocacy to our industries, we are able to locate and secure internationally renowned industries such as Adco by making our community its most advantageous option in terms of the bottom line.”

Over 140 individual products ranging from dry cleaning solvents, to detergents, stain removal agents, laundry detergents and filtration products are produced, packaged and distributed at Albany’s Adco location.

In addition to the Albany production facility, Street has four locations in the Chicago area, where the company is headquartered.

“Rather than move operations to Chicago, when Street acquired Adco in 2014, the company was impressed by Albany and how it understands the needs of manufacturing businesses,” said Street President & CEO Marc Beard. “So much so, that Street is continuing to transition more distribution, production, research and technical support to Albany.”

Most recently, the company has invested in a state of the art technical training and research center at Albany’s Adco production facility, which will help bolster Adco’s position in the Street company network.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which features an existing industry each month, is an expansion on the award-winning video of the same title, produced by the ADEDC in 2014. The expanded 2016-2017 campaign includes both print and digital components, which can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its Web site, choosealbany.com.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.


ADEDC ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’ campaign continues with SASCO Chemical

June 20, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins –

rhawkins@choosealbany.com

229.434.0044

June 21, 2017

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today continued the 2016-2017 “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign with chemical manufacturer, SASCO Chemical.

SASCO specializes in the production of anti-tack, wood release, industrial and bio-medical chemicals. SASCO is part of Polymer Solutions Group LLC, which specializes in producing polymer additives that enhance rubber compound processing and performance.

“SASCO has been a leading innovator in the industrial-use chemical market since its inception in 1948,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “SASCO has continued to thrive in Albany for nearly 70 years, and today is the top supplier of anti-tack products to the tire industry.”

Anti-tack agents, used in tire manufacturing to preserve and extend rubber quality, are among SASCO’s leading products. SASCO, along with its sister companies, provides these performance-enhancing products to the majority of the world’s tire manufacturers.

Pam McDonald, SASCO Chemical general manager says the company is strategically positioned in Albany due to its accessibility to major tire manufacturers in the southeastern US.

“Having our manufacturing operations in Albany provides us easy access to our customers in the southeast, which allows for better service and lower transportation costs,” McDonald said.

SASCO’s operations are entirely Georgia-based, with a research and development facility located in Macon, in addition to its two manufacturing facilities in Albany.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign will unfold through September 2017 with a different industry taking the spotlight each month, highlighting the personal story of a company representative and the products they produce. Campaign videos and other materials can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its website, choosealbany.com.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.