Large warehouse planned on 259 acres in Twiggs County

A large warehouse is planned on 259 acres in Twiggs County for use by potential distribution and manufacturing operations.

East West Logistics International Inc., a Georgia-California partnership, has secured an option to buy property in the Interstate 16 Industrial Park for a warehouse and logistics development, according to a news release from the Development Authority of the City of Jeffersonville and Twiggs County.

The facility, which would be built in stages to suit each tenant, would begin with a 100,000-square-foot warehouse to be built as soon as all permitting and land development planning is complete.

Before construction can begin, the company needs to go through an environmental study by the Environment Protection Division, which is normal for an industrial development, authority Chairman Jerry Fincher said.

“We are really excited about it,” he said. “This is a real big thing for us.”

The company is buying the property from the authority, which bought it in the mid-2000s, he said. It is at Ga. 96, less than a half-mile from I-16, and sits across the interstate from the Academy Sports + Outdoors distribution center.

The facility has the potential to reach up to 2 million square feet. The company will be marketing the facility to potential tenants, he said.

The decision by East West Logistics to locate in Twiggs County was made after looking at several other locations in the state, the release stated. The proximity to the Georgia Ports in Savannah along with the fact that Ga. 96 is being widened as a four-lane connector between I-16 in Twiggs County and Interstate-75 in Houston County made this an ideal location, a company representative told local officials.

The expansion of the Panama Canal along with the continued growth of Georgia’s ports would allow the new facility to serve “as a major distribution center or manufacturing facility for international shippers who need convenient access to the Port of Savannah, Atlanta, Macon, Columbus markets and beyond,” a company spokesperson said in the release.