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New plant bringing 80 to 100 jobs to south Augusta

Facility planned near airport will bring 80 to 100 jobs

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A company that makes coloring agents for concrete and plastic will build a $115 million plant near Augusta Regional Airport.

Rockwood Color Pigment and Services will employ between 80 and 100 people at the facility at Doug Barnard Parkway and Dixon Airline Road. The plant will take about 18 months to build.

After its completion, expected in the first half of 2013, Rockwood plans to close its St. Louis manufacturing facility and parts of its Beltsville, Md., operation.

The Rockwood plant will produce synthetic iron oxide pigments used in construction, coatings and plastics.

“The coloring product to be made here in Augusta by Rockwood Pigments will enhance the appearance of our world,” said Henry Ingram, the chairman of the Augusta Economic Development Authority. “Rockwood’s new manufacturing facility in Augusta will strengthen the company’s customer service, reduce transportation costs and improve product development potential within the United States.”

Rockwood is the chemical manufacturing project that went before the city’s planning and zoning commission in November, without being identified, for the rezoning of 180 acres to heavy manufacturing.

Andrew Ross, the president of Rockwood Performance Additives, said the property was perfect for the plant and that neighboring industries have created an infrastructure with support services, a high-caliber workforce and an encouraging track record. The location is good for both receiving and distributing, he said.

“I keep having to promise that it had nothing to do with golf,” Ross said with a laugh. “It kind of all just came together.”

The project will be the first new iron oxide pigment production plant built in the U.S. in nearly 35 years.

“Rockwood is the only global iron oxide supplier with production capabilities in North America. We are making this investment in a new production facility in the U.S. to deploy significant recent advancements in our proven iron oxide pigment technology,” Ross said.

The Rockwood announcement was made Tuesday morning during a chamber of commerce event. Augusta was one of six Southeast cities competing for the plant.

The development authority’s executive director, Walter Sprouse, said officials have worked with Rockwood for seven months.

Workforce was one of the key factors in luring the company here, Sprouse said.

“That was one thing that was really a big plus for us was the fact that they are very comfortable with the workforce, they are very comfortable with the training they will be receiving through Augusta Technical College and through (Georgia) Quick Start,” he said.

That Quick Start program will allow the state to support workers’ initial training, said Terry Elam, the president of Augusta Technical College and the chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

“This is the first new project we’ve had in manufacturing in a while,” he said.

Sprouse said the airport was a strong consideration for Rockwood.

“However, their final product will probably be shipped by truck, since it is like a sand/sugar/powder,” he said.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Rockwood Holdings, based in Princeton, N.J., has 9,600 employees and 88 manufacturing facilities in more than two dozen countries. It reports annual sales of $3.5 billion.

Rockwood’s pigment division is based in Beltsville, Md. It also has sites in Los Angeles; East St. Louis, Ill.; Walluf, Germany; Kidsgrove, Sudbury and Birtley in the U.K.; Torino, Italy; Comines, France; and Shenzhen and Tiacang in China.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/06/11 - 09:42 am
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How many of the jobs will be

How many of the jobs will be taken by South Augustans?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/06/11 - 09:51 am
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Good question seenit.

Good question seenit.

abc123xyz
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abc123xyz 12/06/11 - 09:51 am
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To "seenitB4": what exactly

To "seenitB4": what exactly do you mean by your comment?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/06/11 - 09:59 am
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Thankyou for asking.... They

Thankyou for asking....

They need to hire as many from South Augusta as possible...more good jobs=less crime ....one of the problems in South Augusta (IMO) the need for decent paying jobs.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/06/11 - 10:03 am
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abc...I see that you don't

abc...I see that you don't post very often...I'm glad I roused your 2years hiatus to post again...:)

Vito45
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Vito45 12/06/11 - 10:07 am
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Seenit, that would we wishful

Seenit, that would we wishful thinking since the criminal element don't want to work to begin with, they want the easy road.

david jennings
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david jennings 12/06/11 - 10:10 am
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It is just hard for me to

It is just hard for me to believe the people responsible for the crimes we read about everyday are honest hard working folks just down on their luck. The guys doing the burglaries, robberies etc. are not I don't believe just trying to feed a family.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/06/11 - 10:16 am
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vito& jennings.....I know

vito& jennings.....I know there is truth in your words.....BUT this area is my home---where I was raised....it was a beautiful area at that time & safe...I went to Fleming school for 7 years---rode my bike all over Fleming......I want the best & want to see what could be......when I say crackdownon crime I know the tough police worked in the past.....

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bdouglas 12/06/11 - 12:52 pm
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@seenit I imagine what roused

@seenit I imagine what roused abc is your use of the word "taken" rather than "filled" or a similar term. Just kinda made it sound like you were implying they would be keeping the jobs from others who need them or something. Semantics.

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countyman 12/06/11 - 11:35 pm
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Only 9 comments and some of

Only 9 comments and some of them are still complaints lol.. Almost every article related to crime, then tons of people have to respond The city of Augusta continues to grow and expand daily because of the quality of life.. The corporate Rockwood must don't read the daily comments from the usual supects on the Chronicle everyday.

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Asitisinaug 12/07/11 - 12:16 am
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Countyman, you are right

Countyman, you are right about one thing....the majority of the articles on a daily basis are about crime in our area....I assume you don't believe they are making any of this up?

According to all government reports, we (CSRA) already have some of the worst air quality possible. I am glad for the 80 new jobs but am not so sure about another chemical plant negatively affecting the air we breathe.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/07/11 - 12:32 am
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countyman still dropping his

countyman still dropping his propaganda pamphlets at 10:35 PM..Geez.

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Craig Spinks 12/07/11 - 01:08 am
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Good news on the employment

Good news on the employment front.

KUDOS to Augusta Tech's President Terry Elam and the A-RC Development Authority's Chair Henry Ingram and Executive Director Walter Sprouse on their success in bringing new jobs to Augusta.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 12/07/11 - 01:30 am
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I'm glad there are 100 jobs
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I'm glad there are 100 jobs coming to Augusta. Someone has to support those other 1000 working at all these fast food joints they are building.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/07/11 - 06:36 am
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I think it's a good thing.

I think it's a good thing. Just curious to know if the jobs will go to people in Augusta or are they recruiting from elsewhere?

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Riverrunner30909 12/07/11 - 07:53 am
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Cobalt he is not dropping
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Cobalt he is not dropping propaganda pamphlets he is only speaking what actually happens. If is persons like you self that run around all day on here bad mouthing and putting down. He was just saying the company officials must not read this BS in the paper that you all drop about a town. It is stupid statements like all of that which if they did read and understand may change their mind about moving to Augusta. It is your propaganda pamphlets (as you call it) that look bad on people trying to see the best in where they live. All people do in here like you is moan and complain.

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paintedhorse 12/07/11 - 07:57 am
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Thank you for bringing work

Thank you for bringing work to a hard hit area. I grew up on Bennock Mill Road. It was a great place to be a kid. Then in a matter of years trailer parks went up and quality of the people in the area were in question. We now can not be outside much after dark and it is a very scary place to live. I think it was part of a government initiative to relocate folks from one part of town to our part of town. Thank you for creating a terrible place to live for the rest of us and you have accomplished nothing, just moved inner city crime out into the county and classify all of us as "people that don't want to work".

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seenitB4 12/07/11 - 08:11 am
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Thankyou paintedhorse for

Thankyou paintedhorse for posting.....I had kin living on Hephzibah-McBean & it was a great place to roam outdoors....crime did hit that area too....& they were too old to stay there & had to relocate......sad day isn't it when we have so much for elders to worry about when it should be their best years.

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paintedhorse 12/07/11 - 08:19 am
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You are correct. I am

You are correct. I am terrified for the older folks I know that are living there and I do not know how to help them learn how to help themselves.
Augusta is like any other place I have ever lived. So many elderly suffer in silence and the government really does not care. Gotta go to work now. see ya.

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bdouglas 12/07/11 - 09:45 am
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80-100 jobs may not go too

80-100 jobs may not go too far for new employment in the area when they're closing down an entire plant in St. Louis and portions of another in Maryland. It's reasonable to think many folks would transfer to the new facility rather than be forced to look for a new job in these times. Still a great economic boost to our area, but I'm apprehensive about the employment figures when it comes to *new* jobs for folks in our area. The "...will employ 80 to 100..." line does not read "...will create 80 to 100 positions...", and that is slightly concerning.

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bpresgrove 12/07/11 - 09:52 am
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I agree with your comment of

I agree with your comment of employing instead of creating. We know there will be transfers and whatever is left will be filled with local talent. I do hope they pick people who are qualified to do the jobs and not just fill them with anyone. One last comment, should it matter which part of Augusta they are from just so long as they are local?

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Riverman1 12/07/11 - 09:57 am
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If you think about it, South

If you think about it, South Augusta is an amazing industrial area. Few cities have anything like it. There is one factory after another. That area generates lots in money for the entire county.

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countyman 12/08/11 - 01:47 am
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It's funny how people who

It's funny how people who don't even live in Richmond County keep trying to divide the county.. Stop trying to make everything South Augusta vs downtown, etc...

$115 million investment and 80-100 high paying jobs and people still aren't happy.. Let's look at the investment in Richmond County this year alone.. Augusta Newsprint $55 million, Potash $40 milllion, Bennett International $35 million 15 jobs, DSM Chemicals purchasing the former 40 acre Pfizer plant, Algae facility $10 million initial investment and 200 jobs, Electrolux $2.5 million and over 300 jobs, US Battery is expanding their facility(adding 42k sq. ft.) in South Augusta, and FPL food $3 million investment-100 jobs.. Rural Sourcing(100 high paying IT jobs) moved to downtown Augusta last year, but had the grand opening this year..

AsitisinAug.. Nobody said the crime reports are made up, I said they always have more comments than positive stories.. Plus the media uses crime reports to draw viewers..

The crime rate in Augusta is down this year, and the Chronicle crime reports don't change the facts..

Pu239
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Pu239 12/07/11 - 08:22 pm
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With the way countyman likes
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With the way countyman likes to inflate numbers, I bet his 1040 is a major source of entertainment for employees of the IRS...

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BevBoudreaux 12/08/11 - 12:23 am
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Hey I hear Deke is hiring a

Hey I hear Deke is hiring a PR guy for his new $100,000 propaganda dept. I think Countyman would be a great candidate for that job.

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countyman 12/08/11 - 01:51 am
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Pu239.. What numbers am I

Pu239.. What numbers am I inflating??

BevBoudreaux.. How can the truth be considered propaganda?? The Chronicle mentioned every single development listed in a article except US Battery and maybe FLP foods in East Augusta(Laney Walker)..

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Riverman1 12/08/11 - 05:53 am
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Countyman, I guess what

Countyman, I guess what divides South Augusta from downtown Augusta is.....well, geography.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/08/11 - 11:27 am
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countyman sez again.... The

countyman sez again....
The crime rate in Augusta is down this year, and the Chronicle crime reports don't change the facts..

WOW----we can't believe the shootings & crime in Augusta ....why does the AC even print them....according to ctyman crimereports won't change his outlook....:(
GEEEEZ....rose colored glasses anyone??

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countyman 12/08/11 - 02:04 pm
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Nobody said you can't believe

Nobody said you can't believe the articles related to crime in Augusta.. I clearly said the crime rate is down no matter how many articles the Chronicle prints related to crime..

The only person with rose colored glasses is you.. The usual suspects love to over exaggerate about crime in Augusta.. It was funny when the Chronicle recently printed the article showing crime is down this year.. I noticed the majority of usual suspects didn't comment on that particular article lol..

Pu239
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Pu239 12/08/11 - 08:16 pm
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countyman? How may employees
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countyman?

How may employees at Bard-ABS right now?

How many employees at Rural Sourcing right now?

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