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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

May 14--  The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports on plans for new jobs in south Georgia and Governor Deal's office reports a plant expansion in Statesboro.

"West Point, Miss.-based chemical manufacturer Southern Ionics Inc. will spend more than $100 million on three facilities in Georgia.

The company has just completed the construction of the Mission South Mine in Charlton County, which will soon be joined by the adjacent Mission North Mine in Brantley County and a mineral sand processing plant in Pierce County. By mid-2015, 125 people will be employed at the three facilities.

Zirconium and titanium sands have been mined in southeast Georgia for almost 100 years. Southern Ionics plans to extract zirconium and titanium minerals from a sand ridge that stretches between Folkston and Nahunta."

Statesboro Plant Expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Viracon, one of North America’s largest architectural glass fabricators, will expand its existing operations in Statesboro, creating 125 jobs and investing $2 million in its Statesboro facility.

“Georgia’s booming manufacturing sector makes it easy for leading global companies such as Viracon to remain competitive in Georgia,” said Deal. “Having the tools to help existing business create high-quality jobs is important to keeping our state a leader in the international marketplace.”

The existing 330,000-square-foot facility in Statesboro produces and fabricates architectural glass for major construction projects across the United States. This newest expansion will help the company meet the expected growth in product demand, particularly growth in commercial construction activity along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

“We have a great team in Georgia,” said Bill Wright, Viracon’s vice president of US Operations. “On behalf of our employees, I would like to thank the city of Statesboro, Bulloch County and the state of Georgia for helping us grow our business in our Southeast plant.”

Annie Baxter, director of the logistics, energy, agribusiness and food (LEAF) team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), worked closely with the Development Authority of Bulloch County and the Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce in assisting the company.

“We are proud to be the home of Viracon in Georgia and are very pleased with the decision to create additional jobs here,” said Garrett Nevil, Bulloch County Commission chairman. “We believe that Viracon will continue to be a great success story for our community.”

“The new jobs and additional investment from Viracon are a welcome addition to our progressive and business friendly community,” said Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore.

“We were able to secure this expansion for both Statesboro and Bulloch County thanks to the creativity and hard work of our state partners and local leadership,” said Bruce Yawn, chair of the Development Authority of Bulloch County.

“A solid workforce is vital to state-of-the-art companies such as Viracon,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Georgia’s pro-business climate, which includes a diverse talent pool and a solid logistics infrastructure, not only helps companies keep up with industry demands, but enables companies to successfully expand here.”

About Viracon, Inc.

Viracon is based in Owatonna, Minn., and has facilities in Statesboro, St. George, Utah, and Nazaré Paulista, Brazil. Viracon produces high-performance glass products, including tempered, laminated, insulating, silk-screened and high-performance coatings, for North American and international markets. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Apogee, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in technologies involving the design and development of value-added glass products and services.






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