Business journal: Augusta in the running for a massive tissue mill

Mill reportedly could employ 1,000 people

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A published report in an Atlanta business newspaper, based on unnamed sources, says Augusta is in the running for a tissue manufacturing facility that could employ 1,000 people.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that New York-based First Quality Tissue is looking at sites in Augusta and Anderson, S.C., for a 2 million-square-foot mill.

First Quality Tissue, a division of privately owned First Quality Enterprises Inc., in July announced intent to build a new facility, to be operational in 2011. The press release does not name potential sites.

Messages were left this morning with officials at First Quality seeking comment on the published report.

In comparison, Kimberly-Clark's Beech Island plant has 3 million square feet of manufacturing space. It produces Kleenex and Cottonelle brand tissues and Huggies diaper products and employs nearly 1,200 people.

Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Development Authority of Richmond County, said he has seen the published report.

By policy of the authority, he said he can neither confirm nor deny whether he has been in talks with First Quality Tissue on locating to Augusta.

Sprouse said he has “been busy” with projects and acknowledged that he flew to New York state in 2009, though he flies to New York annually to meet with developers.

First Quality Enterprises Inc. was founded in 1990. It distributes branded and private label absorbent hygiene, paper and non-woven products. It employs 3,000 people across its subsidiary companies.

According to its Web site, the company makes Prevail adult incontinence wash cloths, Femtex female hygiene products, Panda paper towels and Cuties baby wipes.

In comparison, Kimberly-Clark's Beech Island plant has 3 million square feet of manufacturing space. It produces Kleenex and Cottonelle brand tissues and Huggies diaper products and employs nearly 1,200 people.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/10 - 01:21 pm
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"The Atlanta Business

"The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the company has started its engineering work on a site." Anyone seen anything like that going on around here?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 02/22/10 - 01:36 pm
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Sorry if I'm not excited

Sorry if I'm not excited about another paper mill. The one we have now stinks up the place enough as it is.. can you imagine another one? It would be nice if Augusta could get more professional jobs.. hi tech jobs, etc..instead of poluuting factories that stench up the air.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/22/10 - 01:49 pm
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I wouldn't be excited about

I wouldn't be excited about another paper mill either but you have to admit these are good paying jobs. Where can you go and start out at the very bottom making over $13 a hour all the way up to anywhere from $25 to $30 an hour for top paying jobs. Hwy 56 is an industrial area and if you choose to live in that area you have to deal with the stink. I will say, it doesn't smell as bad as it use to years ago.

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dwb619 02/22/10 - 01:51 pm
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I would imagine, atissue

I would imagine, atissue mill, would buy their pulp, rather than have on-site process. Therefore, no odor. Kimberly-Clark does this.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 02/22/10 - 03:07 pm
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Yes it would be more similar

Yes it would be more similar to Kimberly Clark than International Paper.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/22/10 - 03:16 pm
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It doesn't matter if it is a

It doesn't matter if it is a tissue mill, or septic tank manufacturer, jobs are jobs. The upstate of South Carolina is full of manufacturing facilities like this. It is time for some to come to Augusta.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/22/10 - 04:08 pm
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I think this is fantastic

I think this is fantastic news! I sure hope our government officials...and that includes the STATE officials...are all over this one. We need the jobs here in bad way. There is plenty of unemployed people who would jump at the chance to work there.

CarlosC
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CarlosC 02/22/10 - 04:28 pm
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I can not see a down side to

I can not see a down side to this. Nice job, Deke!

miles_kilpatrick
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miles_kilpatrick 02/22/10 - 05:05 pm
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Wow! A 2 million-square-foot

Wow! A 2 million-square-foot mill tissue mill! That's nothing to sneeze at! :O)

dani
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dani 02/22/10 - 05:05 pm
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Doesn't the article say that

Doesn't the article say that the site has not been decided, they are looking at Augusta and Anderson but hasn't announced which it will be?

jb1234
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jb1234 02/22/10 - 05:20 pm
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Yes it does dani. Carlos and

Yes it does dani. Carlos and Miles, don't count your chickens before they hatch!

imdstuf
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imdstuf 02/22/10 - 05:31 pm
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Yeah, may be blue collar, but

Yeah, may be blue collar, but better paying jobs than more call center jobs.

localjay
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localjay 02/22/10 - 05:47 pm
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Looks like the Development

Looks like the Development Authority has been busy. Wonder when Walter is going to travel to NY again??

Chillen
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Chillen 02/22/10 - 05:50 pm
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This would be super! 1000

This would be super! 1000 jobs, what an economy booster for Augusta!

deekster
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deekster 02/22/10 - 06:10 pm
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1000 private sector jobs.

1000 private sector jobs. Jobs that "produce something". Tremendous!!!. Lets hope politics does not get involved. Local politicians and local mills together prevented the "General Motors Assembly Plant" from locating in Columbia County in the 1970's. Seems "local mills" were afraid of "high paid/high skill jobs competing for "the best and brightest in the CSR of A." I think it was "committee of 100" or some government/private collusion. We can't have any competition for skilled labor in the CSR of A. After all, we are a "government controlled/dependent area. I'll bet on Anderson SC.

deekster
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deekster 02/22/10 - 06:11 pm
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Augusta is always in t he

Augusta is always in t he running. But oh so much baggage.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 02/22/10 - 06:55 pm
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If that's the case thing

If that's the case thing bring it on.. must be a huge tissue plant to employ 1,000 ppl.

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Jake 02/22/10 - 07:28 pm
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I always thought Augusta was

I always thought Augusta was more suited for toilet paper.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 02/22/10 - 09:04 pm
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Carlosc, I'm sure Deke is

Carlosc, I'm sure Deke is reading this and just finding out about it like you are.

cristinadh
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cristinadh 02/22/10 - 09:34 pm
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achoooo!!

achoooo!!

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 02/22/10 - 09:48 pm
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As an Augustan and now

As an Augustan and now resident of Anderson I can say that I hear talk of a specific location in Anderson county for this, And yes, we have a "stinky papermill " faction also. Mostly folks who only know the big pulp mills and the odor from the digestion process. Thats not the case with this process, the only smell is money and jobs. Well paying jobs for a change. What water is required will come from Hartwell and the site is north of Anderson. Thats the unofficial chatter. Time will tell. Anderson sits exactly halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte near the intersection of 85 abd 26. If the I3 project was reality Augusta would be in the same logistical sweet spot with Savannah as the port of choice rather than Charleston which feeds industry here. In any event, jobs are needed everywhere in this region.

uga4life
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uga4life 02/22/10 - 10:40 pm
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what do yall think of this

what do yall think of this link claiming its in the works for upstate sc
http://www.andersontalkzone.com/2010/02/17/your-ed-announcement-early-ag...

jb1234
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jb1234 02/22/10 - 11:09 pm
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UGA, it's a dead link

UGA, it's a dead link :(

Though people in the upstate are already saying that it's a done deal that they're going with Anderson.

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