Richmond County led the state last year in new and expanded manufacturing projects, the county’s economic development authority said Thursday.
The county accounted for 11 of the 188 manufacturing projects that located or expanded in Georgia during the year, based on an analysis of figures from Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“It’s been busy, and that’s the way we like it,” Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Development Authority of Richmond County said while presenting the figures during its Thursday board meeting.
Newton County had the second-most new and expanded manufacturing activity in 2016, with 10 projects. Hall County had nine and Thomas and Coffee counties, which tied with seven projects, rounded out the top five.
No other east central Georgia county was on the top 10 list.
Projects announced in Richmond County during the past year included the expansion of Textron Specialized Vehicles manufacturing plant in south Augusta, the announced relocation of concrete additives maker EdenCrete to the Augusta Corporate Park and the purchase of the former International Flavors & Fragrances plant by Atlanta-based ICT Industries.
Sprouse said 2017 should also be a good year.
“We’re off to a good start,” he said. “We have projects galore.”
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