South Georgia Celebrates Triple Economic Success
South Georgia communities recently scored major economic victories. On Aug. 6, Governor Brian Kemp attended the official opening of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) South Georgia campus in Moultrie. The governor then traveled to Thomasville for the Check-Mate ribbon-cutting. Two days later, Kemp brought more good news to South Georgia with the announcement that Arglass Yamamura, LLC, will build a manufacturing plant in Valdosta, Lowndes County.
With more than 700 people in attendance at the PCOM South Georgia opening, Kemp said this region “literally feeds, clothes, and provides not only for our state but for our nation and the rest of the world. I’m proud to say that the state saw how training world-class doctors in Moultrie could be a real game-changer for our region and we have supported this effort, but it was you all that got the ball started and we’re honored to be part of it.”
With a $16 million investment, Check-Mate Industries is scheduled to create 230 jobs within three to five years.
According to Shelley Zorn, director of the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority, once the 230 employees are hired, the total annual payroll will represent $7.4 million.
Arglass Yamamura will invest $123 million to build its first U.S. glass container manufacturing facility and create more than 150 jobs in Valdosta, Lowndes County.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Arglass Yamamura to Lowndes County and into our diverse group of industries,” said Bill Slaughter, chairman of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners. “Creating quality jobs for our residents is a top priority for local officials. We know that Arglass Yamamura is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship as it becomes a major employer in our community.”