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Picking downtown back up

A return to Springfield for an Effingham County business family may help herald the return of Springfield's downtown business district.
Cecile Baker, along with her daughter Vicki Burns and son-in-law Rickie Burns, have relocated their shop, One of a Kind, to Springfield's Laurel Street. With encouragment from Jamey Stancell, whose store is right across the street, Baker made the decision to go from Rincon to Springfield.
"We had thought about relocation," she said.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald, our special county-wide edition.

November 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Few changes for Flint River after sale

The name and just about everything else concerning Flint River Services is remaining the same, even if its ownership is changing hands.
Lem Griffin, president and CEO of Flint River Services, has sold the firm to BG Cold LLC, a West Coast firm that also operates cold storage facilities. The new owners purchased all three Flint River Services, including its operations in Albany and Unadilla.
"With a presence on the East Coast, we think it's going to enhance and improve our opportunities down the road," Griffin said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New home for Yates Astro

With help from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, Yates Astro Termite and Pest Control cuts the ribbon Monday morning on its new Rincon home, at 270 S. Columbia Ave.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Harbor deepening project gets closer

SAVANNAH-The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) reached a major milestone today when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the public and agencies for review and comment.
"The study's release is a significant step forward for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and addresses a critical need of our country's transportation infrastructure," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. "We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the various resource agencies and other interested organizations who have been major contributors to ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia-Pacific puts new forest policy in place

ATLANTA-Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific (GP) has announced that it will not purchase trees from Endangered Forests and Special Areas, or from new pine plantations established at the expense of natural hardwood forests. The policy statement was developed in consultation with environmental groups Dogwood Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Rainforest Action Network.
While GP's new forest policy applies to all of its operations, as a first step in implementing its commitment on Endangered Forests and Special Areas, GP worked with the environmental groups and scientists to identify 11 Endangered Forests and Special Areas totaling 600,000 acres in the ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Earnings jump for AgSouth

STATESBORO-AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $10.5 million during the third quarter of 2010. Year-to-date earnings total $29.4 million and exceed the association's earnings of Sept. 30, 2009, by more than $8.4 million.
"While the association's loan portfolio has experienced some problems due to the economy, on the whole it is performing well," Spigener said. "Our ability to refinance other lender loans in our territory has generated significant earnings."
Earlier this year the association released nearly $36 million to its members in the form ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


A grand opening for Ken’s IGA

Ken Nesmith and the employees of Ken's IGA celebrated thier grandopening.
Nesmith has been in the grocery business for more than 35 years, opening his first IGA in Brooklet in 1978 and his second in Blitchton in 1980.
Photos provided by David Skadeland

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


A big day for Gulfstream

SAVANNAH-Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday that it will expand its Savannah facilities through a $500-million, seven-year plan to ensure that the company is well-positioned to meet future demand for business-jet aircraft and support services. The growth is expected to result in 1,000 additional Gulfstream jobs, an increase of more than 15 percent from Gulfstream's current Savannah employment level of approximately 5,500 employees.
"With our own sales trends and market forecasts suggesting an upturn over the next decade, we want to ensure Gulfstream is well-positioned to meet the demand in terms of products and services," said Joe ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


GPA sets tonnage record in October

SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Monday the GPA experienced exceptional growth in October, reflecting several all-time records in many commodity segments. Overall tonnage recorded a new monthly record handling 2,347,260 tons, which represented an increase of 9.8 percent compared with last October.
"This increase is consistent with growth rates that have been experienced since December 2009 and indicates ongoing improvements in overall market conditions," Foltz said. "Many commodity groups reported increases during October with records set in container volume at Garden City and automobile activity at Colonel's Island."
Container volumes continued ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Wackos opens at Dakotas

Veteran comedian/actor Dylan Riggs has opened Wackos Comedy Club located inside Dakotas Grille and Spirits in Rincon. Teaming with local business owner and former mayor of Bloomingdale Ben Rozier, Wackos brings live stand-up comedy back to the Savannah area.
The venue will showcase a never-ending lineup of the finest headline comedians around and surprise celebrity guests - from established stand-up stars to the hottest young touring comics in the business. Riggs is scheduled to make club appearances - some scheduled and some unexpected - both doing stand-up on the stage and greeting patrons at the door. As part of the exclusive deal ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Elmore begins terms as Home Builders president

The Effingham County Chapter of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah recently installed its 2010-11 officers and board of directors.
The officers and Board were installed by Home Builders Association of Georgia President Doug Tumlin at the annual installation banquet held at the Savannah Golf Club.
Shawn Elmore was installed as the Effingham County chapter president. Elmore is the President of Elmore Customs.
"It is truly an honor to be chosen to represent an organization and an industry that is so vital to the future growth and development of Effingham County," he said.
Other officers and board members installed ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Carr earns distinction

Yvette Carr of Burns World Travel's Springfield office recently completed the certified Sandals specialist 2010 workshop. Travel agents with CSS designation are required to complete a rigorous education and training program on a yearly basis that ensures customers they are experts on all facets of Sandals and Beaches restors.
Carr has traveled extensively and has more than 28 years of experience as a travel agent in southeast Georgia.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Effingham tourism to be topic of Chamber ‘Lunch ’n Learn’

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announces the next Lunch 'n Learn opportunity. State tourism representative Carey Ferrara, will speak on building a tourism program for the lunch meeting.
The meeting will be held at New Ebenezer Retreat Center at noon on Nov. 16. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn what the community can do to expand and build on Effingham County's tourism base.
Effingham was first settled in 1734, a year after Gen. James Oglethorpe landed at Savannah. The meal will be a traditional turkey dinner and the cost is $15.
Call the Effingham Chamber at 754-3301 ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


State to hold career expo/job fair Oct. 28

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor will sponsor a career expo and job fair for employers and job seekers in the Savannah area. The event will be held Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center.
"The response for this event from employers, particularly the private sector, has been excellent," state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said. "Hopefully, this is an indication of good things to come in the coastal Georgia area. Hiring in the private sector must occur across the state to allow
our economy to fully recover. I encourage area job seekers to take full advantage ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Best quarter ever for ports

SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority's Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Thursday the Port of Savannah experienced 20.1-percent growth in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the first three months of FY2011 (July-September 2010), a record for the authority.
"The first quarter of 2011, once again, showed that the Port of Savannah is not only increasing its value and market share by record numbers, but also its importance to the national logistics and transportation system," Foltz said.
"Today, the Port of Savannah serves 44 percent of this country's population with majority exports. Moving forward, however, we do expect volumes ...

October 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


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Effingham jobless rate falls to 4.4 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for April dipped to 4.4 percent, down from 4.7 percent in ...

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Job fair for veterans, others to be held Thursday

About 20 employers will be recruiting a number of workers at a career fair for veterans and other job seekers Thursday in Savannah.

May 31, 2016 | Staff report | Business


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