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Georgia is #1 for Business!

Georgia has been named the state with the best business climate, according to Site Selection Magazine’s annual ranking of states’ attractiveness to corporate facility investors.
In early 2012, Caterpillar announced a site near Athens as the location for a construction equipment plant that will employ 1,400 by 2020. Baxter International broke ground in August 2012 on a $1-billion complex near Covington that will begin producing biomedical treatments in 2018. And Porsche broke ground on its $100-million US headquarters at a former Ford Motor Co. site adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in November 2012. These companies had plenty of location options, especially in the business-friendly Southeast.              They chose Georgia.

Here in Macon-Bibb County, Tractor Supply Company created 300 jobs and invested $58 million in their 686,000 square foot distribution center which opened in 2013. Lintech International invested $1.1 million to expand their offices in the Airport Industrial Park and hired 11 additional employees and the Middle Georgia Printing Cooperative announced that it would be consolidating its various weekly newspaper printing operations into a facility in Macon-Bibb that would retain as many as 30 jobs. Interest in Macon-Bibb County is on the rise and the number of visits from prospective businesses is higher than ever.

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