Club Car will occupy a 500,00-plus-square-foot warehouse that will be the foundation for a new industrial park in Columbia County.
The Development Authority of Columbia County and the Columbia County Board of Commissioners on Thursday announced the agreement with the Augusta-based golf car and utility vehicle manufacturer.
“The Development Authority and the County Commission of Columbia County have long pursued clean industry and have had great success with the Horizon South Industrial Park,” Commission Chairman Ron Cross said. “That success has made it mandatory to seek additional space for future industry.”
On Dec. 28, the development authority bought 271.9 acres at Exit 183 on Interstate 20 between Appling and Harlem.
Columbia County’s growth management plan, Vision 2035, compiled Columbia County residents’ input and designated the Exit 183 area as an employment center.
Using the new park to attract business, the authority plans to focus marketing efforts on the key targeted industries described in its economic development strategic plan, first publicly unveiled in November 2016.
The five business sectors with the most potential to “build wealth” in the county were listed as: cybersecurity/government contracting; high-value professional services; innovative manufacturing; entrepreneurial/retail development; and health services.
Through a lease with developer Prologis Logistic Services, Club Car will occupy a 556,686-square-foot warehouse at the new site.
“The Development Authority of Columbia County is committed to supporting the growth of jobs, business, and diversifying our local tax base. This new industrial park will position Columbia County for strategic growth and open the door to new opportunities,” authority Chairman Hugh Hollar said. “As Columbia County continues to grow, the Development Authority will continue to focus efforts on quality development and implementation of our economic development strategic plan.”