New York-based First Quality Enterprises Inc., which has a diaper plant in south Bibb County, could be expanding its presence here, according to an Atlanta newspaper.
While local officials would not confirm it, an Atlanta Business Chronicle article this week said First Quality is considering Georgia for a plant, even after the company announced about two weeks ago another new plant in South Carolina.
The company’s lawyer would not confirm the story.
“I can’t answer your question,” said attorney Moshe Oppheim. “We don’t make any comments until a project is publicly announced.”
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Competing with Augusta
Also, the article states that Macon and Augusta are competing for the plant. However, Chip Cherry, president of the Macon Economic Development Commission, said Macon is not competing against Augusta for any project to his knowledge.
The article states that the proposed First Quality plant is actually “Project Q” — a code name that local officials use until a deal is publicly announced.
But Cherry said he could not comment about any projects that are still in negotiation.
Details on ‘Project Q’
Project Q has been described by local officials as a company that plans to develop a $35 million, 1 million-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility that would be built in phases.
A state filing shows that construction could start in 2011 and be completed in 2013.
The local taxing agencies have approved tax abatement schedules for Project Q. In February, this approval process was put on the fast track because the company was in its final decision-making process, a local economic official said then.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.