b'ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWelcomes NewCity LaunchesValdosta On-DemandIndustries Public TransitColonial Bag Co., Inc. The City of Valdosta recently launched Valdosta On- and vehicles together in real time and directing riders to Demand, a dynamically-routed on-demand public transita nearby virtual bus stop for pick up and drop off. The Announce Expansion inservice on April 27. In partnership with Via, the leader inservice will offer wheelchair-accessible vehicles and offer TransitTech, Valdosta On-Demand will expand access todoor-to-door service for those with limited mobility. Lake Park affordable, efficient, and convenient public transit for all riders within the city limits. We believe this microtransit, on demand model is a perfect Colonial Bag Company, Inc. will expand theirfit for Valdosta and communities similar in size. We were manufacturing and warehouse/distribution facilityProviding Valdosta residents public transportationable to think outside the box and partner with Via, to offer in Lake Park, Georgia. This expansion represents a $1has been a consistent goal of elected officials and citythis new innovative public transit solution to residents and Correct Craft to Open million investment, creation of 10 additional new jobs. administration. This On-Demand service is the perfect wayvisitors in the City of Valdosta, says Mayor Scott James for us to test out a new, more flexible way for riders to makeMatheson. We hope this service will have high ridership and The expansion will allow Colonial Bag Company, Inc.to Supreme Boats expand capacity by adding a new warehouse with thetrips to the store, to school, to the doctor or other locationsbe a quick and efficient option for anyone in our community. in the city, says Valdosta City Manager Mark Barber. ImWhats so great about this system and working with Via is Correct Craft, a leader in building tournament inboard,purchase of over 4 acres in Lake Park Industrial Park. thrilled to implement this affordable and convenient transitthat our on-demand service will be flexible. Overtime as freshwater fishing, utility and recreational boats, will investsystem to our community. We hope to continue findingwe monitor ridership and common destinations, ride times, creative ways to reduce traffic on our roadways while alsoetc. we can expand and make changes to accommodate more than $1.7 million in opening a manufacturing facility$1 million attracting new riders to this transit system. demands.in Valdosta, delivering 90 jobs to Lowndes County. Correct Crafts Valdosta facility will produce wakeboarding and wakeUsing the Valdosta On-Demand mobile app anyone withinThe partnership with the City of Valdosta is Vias first in surfing boats under its Supreme Boats brand. INVESTMENT the city limits, residents and workers will be able to hailGeorgia. Via is already working with more than 200 partners a vehicle directly from their smartphone or by calling thein over 20 countries to help connect more people to transit, Established in 1925, Correct Craft has emerged as an10NEW JOBS call center at (229) 441-2940. Vias advanced algorithmsincluding Green Bay Metro, Columbus Ohio Transit Authority international leader in the marine industry and owns severalcreate quick and efficient trips by matching passengers(COTA), and Sydneys Transport for New South Wales.watercraft and recreational sports brands, including Nautique,CREATEDCenturion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, Parker, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation, and watersports park operation Aktion Parks.Correct Crafts Supreme Boats advanced manufacturing facility will open in an existing 165,000-square-foot space located at 601 Gil Harbin Industrial Boulevard in Valdosta. The companys expansion to Georgia will bring 90 jobs to the southern region of the state, including careers in production, management, administration, and maintenance. Individuals interested in opportunities with Correct Craft are encouraged to visit careers.smartrecruiters.com/CorrectCraft/centurion-and-supreme for additional information.90NEW JOBSCREATED56 SG MAGAZINE | SPRING 2021 BUSINESS + CULTURE 57'