Bibb County is on the short list for a company looking to build a new manufacturing and distribution center.
The 1 million-square-foot facility would be built in two phases, said Chip Cherry, president of the Macon Economic Development Commission.
The company, known as “Project Q” during negotiations, is looking at two pieces of property — 2028 Avondale Mill Road and 2108 Avondale Mill Road — in south Bibb County, Cherry said.
The project is so large that a Development of Regional Impact form has been filed with the Middle Georgia Regional Development Commission for its review.
“It’s still in negotiation phase so the company hasn’t made a firm decision yet,” said Cherry, also president and CEO of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce. “But the project is on an extremely fast track. So for us to be able to meet their timeline — because you can’t issue permits for any type of work until the DRI is complete — we had to initiate the DRI process prior to the final selection of that site for this project.”
The company is only looking at one other site, which is not in Georgia, Cherry said.
Cherry could not divulge how many employees the company would bring or how much of an investment it would make.
“We won’t know for a few more weeks whether we are their successful suitor,” he said.
“They need to start building next summer.”
The DRI report is expected to be completed in January and that’s when a tax abatement schedule would likely be submitted to the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, the Bibb County Commission and the school board for approval, he said.