Byron to get distribution center

Missouri-based Redneck Trailer Supplies plans to locate a $5 million distribution center in Byron, creating 10 jobs, state officials announced Tuesday.

The 17,000-square-foot facility in North Peach Industrial Park will distribute parts to trailer manufacturers and dealers around the Southeast.

Byron is the “perfect spot” for Redneck Trailer’s 20th distribution center, company President Ed Brady said in a news release.

“The Southeast and Georgia in particular are growing markets in our industry,” Brady said.

Ken Stewart, commissioner of the state Department of Economic Development, said Georgia is a great fit for logistics businesses because of its “strong transportation network, qualified work force and business-friendly environment.”

“In Georgia, growing logistics companies such as Redneck Trailer Supplies are able to get their product to market efficiently and inexpensively,” Stewart said in the release.

The company began in 1979 making gooseneck trailers, which were painted red and led to the “Redneck” name.

The company is moving into a former Ply Mart building supply store at 308 James E. Williams Drive. A grand opening is planned for 9 a.m. Sept. 1.

“We are tremendously excited about Redneck Trailer Supplies choosing Peach County for its newest warehouse location,” said Charles Sims, executive director of the Peach County Development Authority. “They are a great company with a wide reach, and their new facility is strategically located with visibility on Interstate 75.”

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.