The OneGeorgia Authority Board awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority to help cover grading and prep work costs at First Quality’s new $35 million diaper plant.
The grant was one of eight EDGE (Economic Development, Growth and Expansion) awards approved Wednesday by the board, totaling $16.7 million. The awards are leveraged against more than $1.2 billion in total project costs and are expected to create almost 3,000 jobs, OneGeorgia officials said in a news release.
The First Quality grant also will save the 222 jobs that would have been lost here had company officials chose to build its new plant -- a $200 million investment -- at a site considered in Pennsylvania.
Construction on the 750,000 plant on Avondale Mill Road could be completed by late spring.
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OneGeorgia also awarded grants for several other midstate projects. Those included:
Dublin-Laurens Development Authority
A grant of $1.25 million will assist in locating Mage Solar USA. A German company, MAGE Group, plans to establish the company’s North American headquarters and production facility for photovoltaic modules in Dublin. Photovoltaic modules are parts for solar panels.
Project cost: $31 million
Jobs: 350 in five years
Competing states: Arkansas, Mississippi
Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
Grant of $800,000 will assist with building improvements and equipment purchases for the location of a commercial aircraft service facility in Macon for Bombardier Services Corp.
Project Cost: $2.5 million
Jobs: 160 in three years
Competing states: Alabama and Louisiana
The OneGeorgia board also approved seven grants and loans from its Equity Fund for infrastructure improvements to support economic development.
Awards impacting Middle Georgia were:
In Washington County, a grant of $500,000 will help build a 4,200-square-foot terminal building at Kaolin Field Airport in Sandersville. The total project costs in $2.3 million.
A $500,000 award to the Putnam Development Authority will help pay for an access road and entryway to the new Rock Eagle Science & Technology Park, north of Eatonton on U.S. 441. The project’s total cost is $2.8 million.
To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.