Members of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority were encouraged to hear Monday that the number of prospective companies looking to locate or expand in Bibb County was improving.
In November we had six new projects, and since then weve added four new projects, said Pat Topping, senior vice president of the Macon Economic Development Commission. So project activity is up. Its up considerably, and we are seeing a lot of real good projects.
The MEDC is working on 48 projects at this time, which includes projects that are new and involve only initial contact as well as those where the companies are close to making a decision, Topping said.
Some of the new projects include:
An international manufacturer looking for a U.S. location for an alternative energy plant;
An aerospace parts manufacturing company looking at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, which could bring up to 100 jobs;
An automotive parts assembly operation with 160 jobs, needing to build a 100,000-square-foot building;
Another international aerospace company with 250 jobs, which would build a 350,000-square-foot building; and
A small chemical processing company looking at an existing building here.
In another matter, the authority agreed to lease about 500 square feet for six months to Custom Spec in Allied Industrial Park. The company refurbishes freight containers into emergency housing and for other uses.
The authority also honored the service of Kathy Bowden, a former executive director of the authority, by naming a new cul-de-sac Bowden Parkway off Avondale Mill Road. The road name will have to be approved by Bibb County before its official.
The cul-de-sac was built for the First Quality Baby Products facility after it expanded and built a new plant in south Bibb County in 2011.
Bowden had encouraged the authority to buy about 125 acres off Fulton Mill Road about five years ago, and First Quality bought that property for their expansion, said authority chairman Cliffard Whitby.
Bowden resigned in June 2011 after serving as executive director for more than 10 years.
She did a lot for this authority, Whitby said.
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