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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.


Coffee + Conversation: POSTPONED

August 11, 2021 > Posted in Events, News & Events

The September 8 Coffee + Conversation event is postponed until further notice

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has postponed the September 8 Coffee + Conversation event until further notice. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date, as we hope you will join us for this series of informative sessions, providing insight on how the ADEDC can assist your business at any stage in its growth.


Albany-Dougherty EDC announces $18 million Pratt Industries expansion

August 3, 2021 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events, Uncategorized

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins Mabrey

rmabrey@choosealbany.com

August 3, 2021

Albany-Dougherty EDC announces $18 million Pratt Industries expansion
Albany-Dougherty EDC announces $18 million Pratt Industries expansion

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today announced the expansion of Pratt Industries, resulting in more than $18 million in capital investment and the creation of 30 new jobs.

Pratt Industries is the country’s fifth largest corrugated packaging company, and has maintained a converting plant for corrugated boxes in Albany since 1983.

Albany’s sheet converting plant is one of Pratt’s more than 40 facilities throughout the United States and Mexico – the world’s largest converting network – tasked with converting corrugated paper board into finished boxes. 

“Pratt is a key contributor in the global logistics industry, as one of the world’s largest producers of recycled containerboard. Their continued investment in our community reaffirms Albany-Dougherty County as an ideal location for manufacturing and logistics industries, and we are proud to have Pratt as a corporate citizen here in our community,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke.

The expansion comes as a result of an increase in global shipping and logistics needs, and will include an addition of over 100,000 square feet to Pratt’s existing facility. Upgrades will include new machinery, new scrap recycling system, waste water system and additional warehouse space.

“We have been proud to call Albany home for the last 38 years and are excited to be continuing and strengthening our relationship with the local community,” said Pratt Industries Albany Plant Manager Drew Pennington. 

Pratt’s expansion is expected to be complete by January 2022. See here for career opportunities.

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

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. To learn more, visit www.choosealbany.com.

About Pratt Industries

Pratt is America’s 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held producer of 100% recycled containerboard, with some 7,500 highly-skilled, green-collar employees, dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA more than 30 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in 25 states. 


EDC, Chamber, CVB partner on job and internship placement initiative

May 13, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau are working on a collaborative initiative to match local students to employment and internship opportunities in the community. 

The organizations are asking businesses to report available opportunities here, requesting information on what positions or internships are available, what the terms are, who is eligible and how to apply. 

The initiative comes as a result of conversations with both business owners and higher educational institutions, expressing the idea that there is an apparent disconnect between businesses in need of employees, and qualified candidates in need of opportunities.

“The EDC exists, in part, to foster job creation and growth, and aims to accomplish those goals through both the recruitment of new industry and the retention and expansion of existing industry,” said Jana Dyke, president and CEO of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We heard the call for a collaborative effort to address the need for connection between existing employers and job candidates, and came together with our partners to answer that call through this initiative.”

The need for this resource grew, most notably, out of conversations with Albany State University (ASU). The university expressed interest in expanding opportunities to actively engage as a member of the corporate and educational community. “We have many great professional certificate and academic degree programs that certainly could address the needs of local businesses and organizations, said ASU President Marion Ross Fedrick. 

“Through this partnership with the EDC, CVB and the Chamber of Commerce, ASU can increase our ability to meet the needs of community business partners, stimulate the local economy, and most importantly, provide outstanding opportunities for experiential learning and employment for our students, added Fedrick. 

In the evolving aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have found themselves in greater need than ever for increased workforce. 

“The hospitality industry, in particular, has suffered in the wake of COVID-19,” said CVB President Rashelle Beasley. “Employers are having a hard time staffing their organizations to keep up with demand, due to the competitive rates of unemployment benefits, and in some cases, are having to condense their hours in light of that.”

With workforce development as a continued focus of leadership in Albany-Dougherty County, the Chamber is confident that the needed resources, for both job seekers and job posters, are already right here in our community.

As a further resource, the Albany Area Chamber offers a job posting service to its members year round at http://business.albanyga.com/jobs. If you would like to advertise available job opportunities with the Chamber, but are not yet a member, please contact Membership Director Mary Bickerstaff at mbickerstaff@albanyga.com, or call 229.434.8700 for more information.

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

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. To learn more, visit www.choosealbany.com.

About the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

The Albany Area Chamber, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance business success and economic opportunities in Albany and the Albany Area. Learn more at www.albanyga.com.

About the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau works with first class accommodations, award winning attractions and the finest restaurants in Southwest Georgia to promote Albany as a destination travel spot. Visitors can experience the great outdoors, walk through history, and spoil themselves with true southern hospitality in Southwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.visitalbanyga.com.


Leveraging Tax Incentives: A Complimentary Webinar

April 13, 2021 > Posted in Events, News & Events

Overview:

Learn how the newly permanent 179D commercial building improvements incentives, new or improved business activities (aka “R&D” credit) and the Georgia Job Tax Credit can help you generate cash for your business. Leave nothing on the table! Now is the time to ensure you are taking advantage of every possible source of income.

Corporate Tax Advisors will address:

  1. The newly enhanced benefits of the federal tax incentive 179D ‐ commercial building improvement by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 such as hotels, office buildings, retail facilities and industrial buildings.
  2. How new or improved business activities qualify as R&D per congress and how to monetize the tax credits.
  3. Georgia House Bill 846 can create job tax credits even if you downsized in 2020 due to the pandemic, and how to monetize these tax credits even if you little to no income tax.

This webinar is complimentary and registration is required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4275980243399086095

Types of industries that benefit from this webinar?

Manufacturing, Wholesale, Distribution, Logistics, Telecom, Hoteliers, Software, Game Developers, FinTech, Professional Services (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Electrical Engineers, Plumbing, HVAC, Accounting and Others) and Retail.

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for property owners, stake‐holders, business owners, CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, Corporate Controller, VP Finance, Tax Manager, CPAs, Developers and Engineers.


Local grocery and convenience stores now displaying ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’ products

March 9, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission this week launched a new phase of its award-winning “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign, wherein customers can now identify and shop made in Albany products directly off the shelves at local grocery and convenience stores. 

Participating stores include BLOC Stop, Homerun Foods, Mike’s County Stores and Woodall’s, with a total of 18 locations between them, spanning to all corners of the community. 

“This is an exciting extension of our Made in Albany campaign, which has been widely recognized for its success in promoting our existing industries and the world renowned products produced right here in our community by our local workforce,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke. “As we take steps towards economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19, it’s important now, more than ever, to support our local businesses and the community members they employ.”

The Made in Albany campaign was recognized in 2019 by the Southeastern Economic Development Council as “Best of Class” at the organization’s annual communication awards. The award was received in the category of Overall Marketing Campaign for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000, and is the top honor in its division. 

The campaign features Albany’s major manufacturers including Albany Green Energy, Coats & Clark, Marine Depot Maintenance Command at MCLB Albany, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, MolsonCoors, Pretoria Fields Collective, Procter & Gamble, Sasco Chemical, Sunnyland farms, Tara Foods, Thermacare and Thrush Aircraft.  

Albany-made consumer products will be identified by the Made in Albany seal at participating locations.

“We’re proud to partner with the Albany-Dougherty EDC on this initiative, as community pride and local partnerships have always been a big focus of Mike’s,” said Mike Rogers, owner and operator of Mike’s Country Stores. “It’s amazing to come from a community with such an expansive manufacturing base, and then to be able to represent these locally made products right here in our stores and show pride in what our friends and neighbors have produced for a national stage.”

The ADEDC invites retailers to participate in the program by contacting Reedi Mabrey at rmabrey@choosealbany.comor calling the Economic Development Commission at 229-434-0044 with expressed interest.

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

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. To learn more, visit www.choosealbany.com.