The number of companies looking at potential industrial sites in Bibb County is looking up.
Pat Topping, senior vice president of the Macon Economic Development Commission, said Monday in his report during the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority meeting that he was encouraged by the increased interest by companies looking to locate or expand.
“We are trending back up,” he said.
The more activity, the better chance Bibb County will land some business, he said.
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While Topping couldn’t name them, four of the companies his department was working with in December included two airplane-related businesses. One of those companies would create about 45 jobs and make a $4 million investment, and the other would create about 75 jobs and make an $18 million investment, Topping said. Also an automotive company was looking for about 75 acres and would create about 340 jobs.
Of the new visits last month by companies looking for locations, one of them would create 290 jobs and make a $20 million investment, he said. The other company is looking to break into the U.S. market and would start with a 25,000-square-foot building and would need about 50 workers.
Companies are split about 50/50 between those looking for vacant land to build on and those looking for an existing building, Topping said.
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