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

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


MEDIA CONTACT: Reedi Hawkins | Albany-Dougherty EDC | | 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.


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

For Immediate Release


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

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

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

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

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.




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.


Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission wins GEDA ‘Deal of the Year’

November 26, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

ATLANTA (November 26, 2018) – The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) recognized the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) for “outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia” among mid-size communities at its annual awards luncheon Monday in Atlanta. Albany-Dougherty County was recognized for the Georgia-Pacific lumber project, which announced in July of this year.

The project consists of a $150,000,000 capital investment and 130 new jobs in the location of a new state-of-the-art Georgia-Pacific lumber production facility.  The community was able to locate the industry at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park, a community-invested and pre-developed 224-acre industrial site, which proved to be the difference-maker in winning this project. This is the first new manufacturing project announcement for the community in more than 10 years.

“To win ‘Deal of the Year’ in the nation’s number one state for business is a tremendous honor for Albany-Dougherty County,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “Georgia-Pacific’s new lumber production facility is a great fit for Albany and South Georgia. We are very proud to soon have another Made in Albany, GA product.”

 About the Award

This is now the 12th year that GEDA has recognized major projects in the state. In what has become a major portion of the annual awards ceremony, GEDA recognizes recipients in four categories:

  • Small – a county with population 50,000 and under,
  • Mid-size – a county with population 50,001 – 100,000,
  • Large – a county with population over 100,000,
  • Regional – any multi-county effort.

The GEDA “Deal of the Year” Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location of or expansion of business in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, and state financial support.




About the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association

The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Georgia-Pacific announce state-of-the-art lumber production facility; $150 million plant to create more than 130 jobs

July 30, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

July 31, 2018


Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, together with Georgia-Pacific and the state of Georgia, today announced Albany-Dougherty County as the site of a new, state-of-the-art lumber production facility to be located at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction on the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“Georgia-Pacific choosing to locate its newest modern lumber production facility here showcases that advanced manufacturing works in Southwest Georgia. This plant will create significant investment and for our community and jobs for our residents,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We are proud that Georgia-Pacific lumber will soon be on the extensive list of quality products that are made in Albany-Dougherty County.”

Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based company, currently operates 18 facilities in the state, including a corrugated box plant located in Albany since 1981.

“We are proud that Georgia-Pacific will expand upon its significant presence in Georgia,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “As one of the nation’s most successful brands, Georgia-Pacific recognizes the benefits of operating in the top state for business. From our highway system that allows trucks to reach 80 percent of the U.S. market in two days to our existing workforce trained for this industry, Georgia offers a wealth of resources to help Georgia-Pacific reach its goals with this new facility. We value Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to creating quality jobs in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

According to Dr. Wes Clarke, at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the lumber production facility will support about 340 total jobs in the state, in addition to the 130 full time jobs at the facility.

Operations will support another 100 jobs in the Albany area and more than 100 elsewhere in the state either indirectly or through an induced effect. The capital investment in Dougherty County will support approximately 440 full time jobs in the state during construction including construction workers, associated trades, and jobs at suppliers providing materials for the project.

“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Team Director Wylly Harrison represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

“We are excited that Georgia-Pacific chose Dougherty County to expand its footprint,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia-Pacific’s impact in our state is significant, and I commend them for their exceptional growth creating thousands of jobs for our citizens and investing millions in our communities.”

Currently, there are more than 7,200 Georgia-Pacific employees at 18 facilities in Georgia that represent an additional 21,500 indirect jobs. Since 2012 Georgia-Pacific has invested approximately $1 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.

“We have been thrilled to support and work on this project which will serve to expand Georgia-Pacific’s footprint and connect our citizens to quality jobs that pay a quality wage.  This operation is a great fit for Albany-Dougherty County, as it will capitalize on our assets in transportation infrastructure, natural resources and workforce readiness,” said Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman.

“The location of this project in Albany-Dougherty County is a huge win for our community,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. ”Georgia-Pacific has been a great corporate citizen in Albany through it’s corrugated box plant for many years, and we look forward to further expanding our relationship with them through the new lumber plant.”




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.

About Georgia-Pacific

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its GP Harmon Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal and