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Development Authority "Hopeful"
Thursday, 19 August 2010

August 19--  The Toombs County Development Authority is hopeful it can land another new industry to occupy the vacant spec building in the Toombs Corporate Center on U.S. One north of Lyons.

Executive Director Bill Mitchell told the Authority Board Thursday he is encouraged after a meeting last week regarding disposal of waste water on a spray field near the building.  The spray field is an alternative to using the existing waste water treatment plant in Lyons which is being overworked by discharges from the Chicken of the Sea plant in the center.

Mitchell believes resolution of the waste water issue is key to attracting U.S. Pet, a manufacturer of up-scale pet food.  He says the company would bring about 150 jobs and make a $20 million investment in the plant, and Mitchell says a decision could be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

In other actions at its August meeting, the Authority okayed a $75,000 grant to Savannah Luggage in return for a company guarantee to maintain a workforce averaging at least 250 employees for the next nine months.

The Authority also money available in its Revolving Loan Fund to help new businesses in the area grow and create more jobs.

Chairperson Pollyann Martin is also encouraging members of the community to make time to take the work certification test at Southeastern Tech's Economic Development Center.  She says Toombs County needs to be a state-certified "Georgia Work-Ready" community to be more competitive in the hunt for new industries.  

Nearly 200 more people need to get certified as "work-ready."  If you are unemployed and get the certification, you can get as much as $200 from the state.   For info, call 538-3119.

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