Grant & Loan Awards: Grady County
South Pit BBQ, LLC is a mobile catering service. Keith Moye, owner, decided after learning the business to purchase and expand the company. South Pit BBQ can provide catering services for banquets, fundraisers, reunions and even tailgates. The loan proceeds will be used to purchase the business and additional cookers.
Peace, Love and Scrubz is a retail business selling medical scrubs to doctors’ offices and hospitals in Cairo. Sherri Kennedy began working at Scribbidy Scrubs in May 2009 as a part time employee and advanced to Manager. She recognized her opportunity when the current owners decided to sell the storefront. The business currently sells to local doctors’ offices as well as hospitals. An internet site is being created and will allow the business to reach out to other hospitals in the surrounding area. The loan funds will be used to purchase the store front portion of the business along with inventory.
Equity grant funds to assist with the acquisition of 175 acres of land ($2.2million) to expand the existing 179-acre Milestone Industrial Park in Cairo, Grady County. The property is located just off Hwy 84, has CSX rail access and is attractive for companies needing access to the tri-state market of Georgia, Florida and Alabama. The City of Cairo has committed to provide all utilities ($1 million) including water, sewer, electricity and natural gas extensions. The Industrial Park was established in 1990 and has become the primary location for much of the industry located in the County, currently serving 17 industries with an estimated 950 workers. Because only small (4 to 10 acre) tracts remain in the original park, Grady County recognized the need to expand the Park, having larger sites available for prospective industries.
ESB loan guarantee to purchase Gilliard's Store, LLC, a start up country meats & small grocery store located in Pelham, GA. The store's origin began in 1945 by Marion & Thelma Gilliard. "Miz Gilliard" would open the store each morning by 6:00 am providing breakfast to her five children and others that would stop by. In the early years, the store was a full service grocery store with pork, beef, produce, groceries, hardware, clothes, fish and gas. As the community's needs changed so did the Gilliard's Store, and sausage became the primary draw for customers. In 1995, Mr. and Mrs. Gilliard (now Grandpa and Grandma Gilliard) decided to retire. Unable to let the store sit idle, Kermit Gilliard and Dinah Gilliard Bond decided to reopen the store fulltime in February 2007. United National Bank in Cairo is the lender.
ESB loan guarantee to expand Your Name Here, a company providing embroidery, screen printing and ad specialties for individuals and businesses. The business was started in 1999 by Alvin and Helen Brogdon and recently expanded to include a retail store selling their merchandise. The company also works with schools to provide a school uniform program for their students. The expansion will allow them to add an additional machine operator. Citizens Bank of Cairo is the lender.
EDGE funds to assist with water and sewer infrastructure improvements in addition to the purchase machinery and equipment to support the expansion of the Timken Companyâ€™s existing Cairo plant. Timken is a leading manufacturer of engineered bearings, alloy steels and other related products that are being used in the aerospace, automotive, computer, industrial and rail industries. Started in 1898, Timken now has operations in 27 countries, over 27,000 employees and recorded $2.5 billion in sales in 2005. The Cairo facility, approximately 258,000 square-feet and situated on 87 acres, manufactures bearings for the automotive industry. Timken is closing its plant in Clinton, South Carolina, which will add 168 new jobs at the Cairo facility in addition to the existing 356 employees.
ESB loan guarantee for Singletary Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC, in Cairo, an existing maintenance and cleaning service. A long-term employee of the company used the loan proceeds to purchase and continue operations of the business that has current cleaning contracts with banks, schools and landscape nurseries. United National Bank in Cairo is the lender.
ESB second loan guarantee for the purchase of additional equipment for Cairo Fitness Center, an existing fitness center in Cairo, GA. Cairo Fitness Center has expanded rapidly since the original guarantee of $25,000. The fitness center has met and exceeded all new membership goals. Citizens Bank of Cairo is the lender.
ESB loan guarantee to acquire an existing restaurant in Cairo, the Pickle Patch Deli, which will be owned and operated by Eddie and Danielle Stewart. The Pickle Patch specializes in a variety of deli sandwiches. United National Bank in Cairo is the lender.
ESB loan guarantee for Cairo Fitness Center located in downtown Cairo. The fitness center is being purchased through Citizens Bank in Cairo by three ladies and has a current membership of 170 members. The multi-stationed gym, together with an indoor heated pool and indoor track, provides one central location for its members.
Equity funds to assist with building acquisition costs for the purchase of the former W.B. Roddenbery processing plant site, a 300,000 square-feet building situated on an 85-acre site within one mile of downtown Cairo. The building is strongly connected with the history of the community, W.B. Roddenbery Company operated in Grady County from 1889 to 1995. In 1995, the company was purchased by Dean Foods. At its peak, the food processing company employed over 500, but by the time the facility was closed in 2002, only 30 employees remained. Local strategy includes potentially subdividing the existing facility to accommodate multiple industries or uses, hence reducing start-up and lead time for time sensitive industrial prospects.
EDGE funds to assist with the construction of a 98,000 SF building addition on a five-acre site adjacent to its existing facility in the Milestone Industrial Park that will manufacture office furniture. The Authority has applied on behalf of MacTavish Furniture Industries, the manufacturing division of Aaron Rents, Inc. This expansion effort is a result of rapid growth. The facility will be owned by the Development Authority and leased to the Company. This project will create 110 new jobs within three years. This project is in competition with Phoenix, Arizona.
EDGE funds to assist with the construction of a 112,000 SF manufacturing facility and site development costs in support of the expansion of Higdon Furniture Company (HFC), a third generation furniture manufacturer located in Quincy, Florida. HFC is interesting in expanding its operations to meet increased demand. The current facility is prducing at maximum capacity. The facility will be located on a 43-acre Authority-owned site in Cairo. Cairo is in competition with Quincy, Florida. The project will create 100 new jobs within 24 months.
Equity funds to assist in the construction of a 41,250 SF industrial speculative building on a 10-acre site in the Milestone Industrial Park. The Authority, currently without any available buildings for visiting prospects, plans to aggressively market the availability of the speculative building on a statewide basis in Georgia, working with various state economic development groups, including GDITT and MEAG.
EDGE funds to be used by the Development Authority to purchase at 36,000 sq. ft. building adjacent to Seminole Marine and subsequently lease purchase the building to the company. Otherwise, Seminole Marine must relocate to a vacant boat manufacturing facility in Tallahassee, Florida. Project will preserve over 60 existing jobs and create 40 new jobs within 24 months.
EDGE funds to assist with site preparation and parking for MacTavish Furniture Company, a division of Aaron Rents. The Company plans to construct an office-furniture manufacturing facility adjacent to its existing facility in Cairo. The new facility will create 80 jobs.
EDGE funds to assist with rehabilitation of a Moultrie meat processing facility for use by National Beef, creating 163 full-time permanent jobs at start up with an estimated payroll of $3.96 million within 24 months of sustained operation.