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EDC honors existing industries with annual awards, extends #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign

April 10, 2019 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events, Uncategorized

For Immediate Release
Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044
April 10, 2019

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today honored existing industries WebstaurantStore, LMC-Ag, Phoebe Putney Health System and SouthernAG Carriers for their achievements in global commerce, innovation, economic impact and corporate citizenship at its 2019 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards.

“Albany-Dougherty County is home to a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing, to defense, to call centers to healthcare. With many industries having been located in Albany for multiple decades, employing our citizens and investing in our community, existing industries are a vital cornerstone of our local economy,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Our annual Industry Awards are a great opportunity to emphasize their importance to our community.”

In addition to recognizing the four award winners, the EDC also celebrated local manufacturers through the announcement of a second phase of its “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign. 

The extended campaign features multimedia components highlighting all 13 of Albany’s major manufacturers and their respective products, emphasizing the benefits of doing business in Albany. 

In conjunction with the campaign, consumers will soon be able to easily identify Albany-made products through store signage featuring the “Made in Albany, Georgia” seal displayed on the doors and shelves of local retail partners. 

“Our Made in Albany campaign celebrates what it means to have a product that is made here in Albany and produced by our outstanding workforce. This week, and our annual Industry Awards, echos the same pride in that level of world class excellence, which is what ‘made in Albany’ has come to signify,” said Strickland. 

The EDC’s Industry Awards are the highlight of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week, during which the EDC celebrates and promotes the impact of the community’s existing industries.

Global Commerce Award: WebstaurantStore

WebstaurantStore – the world’s No. 1 online retailer of restaurant and kitchen supplies and equipment – located its Southeastern distribution center and accompanying customer solutions center here in Albany in 2015, creating more than 200 jobs and $10 million in capital investment in the community. 

Since then, the Albany distribution center has done its fair share of maintaining Webstaurant’s prominence in the global market through the fulfillment of orders traveling from Albany to many destinations throughout the world, sometimes in as little as one business day. 

In its three years of operation here in Albany, Webstaurant has accounted for more than $23 million in international sales with exports primarily headed to Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK, Australia and Mexico. 

In addition to direct distribution, Webstaurant also commonly engages freight forwarders for third-party logistics management of order delivery, which accounts for an additional portion of global sales. 

With Albany-Dougherty County’s recent passing vote on freeport exemption, which expands inventory tax exemption to include fulfillment centers, Webstaurant will be even further benefitted from its location in Albany and therefore able to continue making an impact in the global market, and in our local market as a valued industry partner.

Excellence in Innovation Award: LMC-Ag

Innovation at LMC-Ag means more than just new products, it means offering the best customer service, beginning to end, while still maintaining old-fashioned values – a process that starts in their manufacturing plant here in Albany where they produce agricultural irrigation equipment, and ends with point-of-sale interactions with customers across the country. 

Over the last two years, LMC-Ag has dedicated its time and resources to the growth of its product line, manufacturing capabilities and innovation on existing products. This growth has resulted in expansion through the acquisition of land, providing the ability to store an increased volume of inventory in order to achieve short delivery times – a valued asset in today’s market. 

The expansion has provided additional space for assembly on new product lines, such as peanut dryers and root rake grapples. LMC-Ag has nearly quadrupled daily output in its paint division through its new state of the art paint facility – not only will this increase paint capacity but will also result in a better finish and longer lasting product. 

Of all the recent advancements at LMC-Ag, none has been more impactful than the instillation of two new plasma tables, which have opened the door to a whole new level of innovative production by redefining the approach to how products can, and should, be designed.  

LMC-Ag is dedicated to continuing making great strides toward new markets through innovative practices in its mission to be number one in customer care and product design in the ag machinery industry.

Economic Impact Award: Phoebe Putney Health System

Since opening its doors in 1911, Phoebe Putney Health System has always been committed to providing the best possible care and meeting the needs of the communities it serves. Not only does Phoebe provide the highest quality of healthcare in Southwest Georgia, but is a major contributor to the local and state economies.

Last year, the Georgia Hospital Association released a report stating that Phoebe generated more than $1.28 billion in revenue for the local and state economy in 2016 – an impact that is expected to continue to increase. During the same period, Phoebe supported more than 8,000 full-time jobs in addition to its more than 4,000 Phoebe Family members. 

Phoebe is an economic engine, and plays an integral role in the economy for Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia. At a time when many hospitals and health systems are struggling to survive and are reducing their capital investments, Phoebe continues to make massive investments to improve and expand its services. 

Over the past three years, its combined capital budget totaled more than $120 million – demonstrating a continued commitment to reinvest in programs and technology that benefits patients and supports the economic growth of our community. 

Additionally, Phoebe proudly supports other local employers through its Corporate Health program by offering an array of health and wellness services that help corporate partners save money and help their employees stay healthy and productive. 

To Phoebe, caring for the community is more than just healing the body. It also means helping to fuel growth and promote economic stability. Whether partnering with educational institutions making sure home-grown talent has the opportunity to thrive locally, or investing in top-notch talent and cutting–edge technology, Phoebe is dedicated to its mission of helping our community live healthier and happier lives.

Only One Albany Award for Corporate Community Citizenship:SouthernAG Carriers

On Sunday, January 22, 2017 an EF-3 tornado came through Albany, Georgia and completely demolished SouthernAG Carriers’ corporate headquarters and Albany terminal. Through hard work stemming from a determination to continue delivering quality service and providing support to its badly hurting agricultural partners throughout the region, SouthernAG Carriers was back up and running within 48 hours.

Dedicated to its work in the Albany community and the surrounding area, SouthernAG used the loss of its original structure to its advantage, making the decision to rebuild in place, reinforcing its commitment to the Albany community as a corporate citizen. 

In addition to its own experience with natural disaster, SouthernAG is a proud volunteer transporter of peanut butter to disaster locations throughout the country in times of need. 

As a regional leader in the transportation and logistics field, SouthernAG has been a strong contributing partner in the development and funding of the Albany Transportation Academy at Albany Technical College, designed to increase the pipeline of freight drivers in Southwest Georgia through industry-standard training and the obtainment of a Commercial Driver’s License. In addition to its work in the development of the program, SouthernAG also donated a semi-truck to the Transportation Academy, providing students the opportunity to gain hands-on training for easy transition into the field. 

SouthernAG Carriers is proud to provide support to a variety of organizations and programs, both here in Albany and in its other four locations across the southeast, including the Peanut Institute Genomic projects, Peanut Proud, the Boy Scouts, 4H, the Dougherty County School System and various athletic programs and 5k runs.

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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.


Industry Awards 2019 – Now Accepting Nominations

March 21, 2019 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events, Uncategorized

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards, recognizing outstanding industries in the areas of global commerceexcellence in innovationeconomic impact and corporate community citizenship.

The Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards, now in its tenth year, is a part of Industry Celebration Week, which is a week-long celebration of the community’s existing industries which highlights their successes throughout the last year.

Industry Celebration Week is one of many ways the ADEDC works to promote and highlight local industries, and this year will echo and extend the “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign with the launch of the campaign’s second phase.

To nominate your industry or one you know to be deserving, please see the fillable online application here and simply fill, save and send back to rhawkins@choosealbany.com by the March 29 deadline. 

Award winners will be honored at the April 10 Industry Celebration luncheon, held in partnership with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Click here to register.


Georgia Chamber welcomes guests for annual ‘Georgia Quail Hunt’ in Albany

February 6, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Reedi Hawkins | Albany-Dougherty EDC | rhawkins@choselbany.com | 229.434.0044

February 6, 2019

Albany, Ga.– This week, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted its 31st annual Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany as 22 business leaders representing state recruitment and expansion prospects joined economic development officials to learn about the benefits of doing business in Georgia.

The hunt, sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, provides an opportunity for relationship development among statewide leaders and guests whose companies or clients are looking to move to or expand in Georgia. 

Newly-elected Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was on hand for the event in his first appearance at the hunt. 

The recruitment event utilizes various hunting preserves throughout Southwest Georgia and is based out of Albany. 

“In Albany-Dougherty County, we believe collaboration is key. The Georgia Quail Hunt, hosted in Albany for more than 30 years, is a testament to that principle as an incredible collaboration between local, regional, state and corporate partners,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Having the opportunity to host this broad range of partners in Albany each year gives us the chance, not only to connect and network with one another, but to show off our skilled work force, infrastructure, low costs of doing business and other assets that make this an attractive location for industry locations and expansions.”

Such collaboration is largely to credit for Georgia’s consistent recognition by industry experts as the nation’s top state for business.  

“This event allows our guests to learn firsthand about the assets we have to offer in Georgia and the practices that have lead us to be known as the No.1 state for business,” said 2019 Georgia Quail Hunt Chairman Daryl Ingram, chief external officer and senior vice president of Electric Cities of Georgia. “Georgia has the infrastructure in place to meet and exceed the needs of a company at any stage in its growth. The Georgia Quail Hunt provides us an opportunity to leverage our capabilities for the economic advancement of our state at all levels.” 

Event organizers say the hunt has been successful in recruiting businesses to Georgia.

“We are honored to continue the annual Georgia Quail Hunt. For over three decades, this event has created thousands of jobs and tens of billions in investment in Georgia’s economy,”said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “Our focus is to offer more opportunities to showcase the incredible quality of life and impressive talent pool of Albany and Southwest Georgia to businesses all over the world.”

In addition to the Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, corporate sponsors include Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, MillerCoors, PowerSports Plus, Glock,Trulock Choke Tubes and Taurus Holdings.

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About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest business advocacy organization that focuses on state and federal issues. The Chamber has worked to keep, grow and create jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. The advocacy, policy and thought leadership help ensure Georgia’s economic competitiveness, attract new investments as well as promote growth and prosperity for all businesses.

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.


OmniTRAX Works with Georgia-Pacific to Bring Jobs and Economic Growth to Southwest Georgia

December 18, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

Media Contact:
Ronald Margulis
RAM Communications
+1 908.272.3930
ron@rampr.com

For Immediate Release
12.18.18

Via BUSINESS WIRE

DENVER — OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, is partnering with Georgia-Pacific to ensure efficient and cost-effective rail transportation for the company’s new plant in Albany, Ga. As part of the project, Georgia-Pacific will connect a railway track from its facility, which will produce lumber and wood chips, to the mainline of the OmniTRAX-affiliated Georgia & Florida Railway, LLC (GFRR) in the adjacent Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction of the new subsidiary rail line and related crossing and communications upgrades is expected to begin by December and will be completed in 2019. Construction on the $150 million, 320,000 square-foot, GP facility is also scheduled to begin this year with an anticipated startup in late 2019.

“Georgia-Pacific is a great partner for OmniTRAX and the GFRR, and the new plant will allow us to show case our customer service expertise even more. We also appreciate the support of the local, state and federal governments to make this project happen in Southwest Georgia and are pleased to be a part economic growth in the region,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

Once in production, the new Georgia-Pacific facility expects to produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber a year. This translates to more than 1,250 railcars of building materials and wood chips transported on the GFRR per year.

The GFRR is a network of 222 miles of track between Albany and northwestern Florida. The railroad has interchanges with CSX in Foley, Fla. and Thomasville, Ga., and with Norfolk Southern in Adel and Albany, Ga. In addition to Georgia-Pacific, GFRR customers include Miller Brewing, Flint Hills Resources and Procter & Gamble, and transports liquid and dry bulk, pipe, plastics, construction products and more.

About Georgia Pacific

Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. You may recognize our household brands, such as Brawny® paper towels, Quilted Northern® bath tissue and Dixie® cups and tableware. If you’re in the construction business, you’re probably familiar with our gypsum panels and other quality building materials. Even if you work in aerospace, mining or facilities management, Georgia-Pacific products may be part of your day. More information is available at www.gp.com.

About OmniTRAX, Inc.

As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX’s core capabilities include providing management services to its affiliated railroad, port, intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. More information is available at www.omnitrax.com.

About The Broe Group

Based in Denver, The Broe Group and its affiliates form a privately-owned, multi-billion dollar real estate, transportation, energy and investment organization with assets owned and managed across North America. Together, Broe managed companies employ more than 1,000 people and provide employment for thousands of others through operations such as its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies specializing in management services, railroad and port services, intermodal solutions and industrial switching operations. Its energy affiliates include Great Western Oil & Gas Company, the largest private operator in the third most prolific U.S. basin. Broe Real Estate Group acquires, develops and manages office and industrial properties, medical office buildings and multi-family communities across the country, including premier assets in many of the most desirable markets. The Broe Group also has multiple investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, visit broe.com.


Albany Area Chamber and EDC lead regional business assistance efforts through survey

November 29, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release
November 29, 2018

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

Albany, Ga. – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission have partnered to lead a regional data gathering initiative to assess the business and economic impact of Hurricane Michael, which swept through Albany and Southwest Georgia on October 10. 

In order to broaden the scope of data, and to best prepare for the possibility of storm-related federal assistance, chambers of commerce and other economic development organizations in Southwest Georgia have partnered with the Albany organizations to develop a survey designed to capture the economic impact of Hurricane Michael on the regional business community.

Information assessed will include physical damage and revenue loss, and will help direct the Chamber and ADEDC in advocating for resources to aid in the recovery of the community and the region.

The survey, which can be accessed online here, is open to businesses in all industries, including agriculture, and is expected to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Survey participants are asked to report information such as the location of their business, type of loss suffered and the duration and extent of loss.

“As advocates for our local and regional business communities, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission are leading the effort to assess business impact in order to advocate for the procurement of resources for our region,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “This survey will provide the information needed in order to adequately source and secure those resources, should they become available.”

The survey goes live todayand will remain active throughDecember 14 with information to be compiled by January 2019.

 

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About the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1910, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has advocated for business success through leadership and economic development.

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.