Companies looking to expand eyeing Bibb County

Eleven new projects have been brought to the Macon Economic Development Commission since last month.

The projects include some companies looking to build and others planning to expand existing buildings in Bibb County, said commission Senior Vice President Pat Topping during Monday’s Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority meeting.

The potential projects are at the beginning stage when company representatives are looking at various locations to potentially expand or locate new buildings.

The projects include six manufacturing companies, an office building and a distribution center for a medical products company, he said.

“Other companies we are watching” include four international manufacturing companies, automotive suppliers, an aerospace company, a logistics company and two maintenance, repair and overhaul aircraft businesses, Topping said.

Ashley Miller, manager of business and industry for the commission, said three existing Bibb County companies are looking to expand. One manufacturer would add five to 15 new jobs and invest $1.2 million, and an aerospace company is looking to create 50 new jobs and make a $2 million investment. Another manufacturer/distribution center plans to expand, but the number of jobs and amount of investment has not been announced.

In another matter, the authority agreed to enter into a contract with Southern Petroleum Systems for refurbishing the fuel farm at Macon Downtown Airport.

The authority will oversee the work for Macon-Bibb County, which had bid the project. The project “would benefit the authority’s interests,” said Kevin Brown, the authority’s attorney.

The county had announced last fall it planned to re-establish a fixed base operator at the airport to handle necessary functions, such as selling fuel and perhaps repairing corporate aircraft.

Also at the meeting, Chairman Cliffard Whitby asked the board for nominations for officers of the authority. After a few seconds of silence, he said it was customary for the same officers to remain in place if no new nominations were made. Therefore, Whitby remains chairman, and Robbie Fountain is vice chairman.

Information from The Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.