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Pretoria Fields spotlighted as final feature in ADEDC’s ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

January 17, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

January 17, 2017

#MadeInAlbanyGA

 

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) today turned the spotlight toward craft brewery Pretoria Fields Collective as the final feature in its “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign.

Pretoria Fields Collective, founded by Albany doctor and beer enthusiast Tripp Morgan, is a collaboration of local farmers and brewers working together to celebrate the agricultural profile of the region through signature craft brews.

The collective conducts operations in four locations – three being farms  located in Dougherty, Lee and Mitchell counties, where crops such as fruits and grains are grown for use in the brewing process – and the other being the public taproom and brewing facility located in downtown Albany.

“Pretoria Fields’ investment in downtown Albany through the development of its taproom and production facility is a major step in the right direction for downtown revitalization,” said Justin Strickland, president of the ADEDC. “We now not only have a great quality of life asset in the heart of downtown, but it also happens to be a manufacturing facility that will produce product to be distributed all over the region, helping to put Albany on the map in an even greater sense.”

Pretoria Fields is currently the only brewery in Southwest Georgia, and the only farmhouse brewery in the state – a distinction characterized by the incorporation of homegrown crops from the collective’s farm and an adherence to traditional brewing methods.

The brewery, opened in December 2017, has so far developed a portfolio of four beer variations which are available at the downtown Albany taproom and at local and regional restaurants and package stores.

The current lineup of brews includes a golden ale, a stout, a gose and an IPA (India Pale Ale).

Pretoria Fields is the final feature in the ADEDC’s #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which debuted in 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.


Coats & Clark to rebuild in Albany, Payroll Development Authority approves PILOT agreement

December 21, 2017 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

Coats & Clark Contact: Keith Howard
Vice President of Finance
Coats Crafts North America
keith.howard@coats.com
704.329.5224

December 21, 2017

 

Coats & Clark to rebuild in Albany, Payroll Development Authority approves PILOT agreement

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority (PDA) today approved a five-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for Coats & Clark North America. The agreement will assist the industry in redeveloping its North American distribution center located at 601 Holly Drive in Albany, Georgia.

The agreement includes Realty Income Corporation, owner of the property leased by Coats & Clark for operation of its distribution center.

Coats & Clark’s distribution facility, devastated by the tornado of January 22, 2017, had been operational in Albany since 2009.

Citing a long-standing relationship with Albany and Dougherty County, and through partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), Coats & Clark resolved to build a new distribution center in the same location as the original structure.

“Coats is proud to recommit back to the City of Albany for the foreseeable future. We look forward to many years of continued success in Albany through both our manufacturing mill and newly rebuilt distribution center reopening in H1 2018,” said Coats Crafts North America Vice President of Finance Keith Howard.

“I’m very proud to solidify Albany and Dougherty County’s relationship with Coats & Clark for years to come,” said Albany Mayor and PDA member Dorothy Hubbard. “Coats has made significant investments in the community for more than 70 years and is an outstanding corporate citizen.”

The newly rebuilt distribution center will be 370,000 square feet and is expected to become operational by May 2018.  Investment in the new facility is anticipated at $14 million and helps to secure more than 300 jobs in Albany-Dougherty County.

“Albany’s Coats & Clark manufacturing operation is the leading yarn production facility in the world,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “Being able to keep their North American distribution center in our community, and in close proximity to their manufacturing facility, is a huge win for both Coats & Clark and Albany-Dougherty County. We look forward to strengthening this company’s legacy in Albany-Dougherty County and to continuing the partnership we have enjoyed with Coats for many years.”

Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center employs more than 100 people in the Albany area; the manufacturing facility located at 901 Clark Avenue in Albany, Georgia employs more than 200 people. The yarn-producer has maintained manufacturing and distribution operations in Albany since 1947.

 

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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 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.