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Work on a 180,000-square-foot Starbucks Coffee Co. manufacturing facility in Augusta remains on schedule for an early 2014 completion date.

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The Starbucks plant at Augusta Corporate Park is taking shape after the ground-breaking in July 2012. The 180,000-square-foot facility is set to open in early 2014.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
The Starbucks plant at Augusta Corporate Park is taking shape after the ground-breaking in July 2012. The 180,000-square-foot facility is set to open in early 2014.

The plant’s packaging operations, however, are expected to begin earlier in October, according to Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson.

“So far, we have made significant progress on the roasting, packaging and office areas of the plant,” Hutson said. “We are still working on the part of the plant that will house the soluble technology.”

Construction began in July 2012 on the $172 million facility, which will produce Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, the coffee base for its Frappuccino beverages and many Starbucks ready-to-drink products.

More than 140 workers will be employed at the site in Augusta Cor­porate Park, off Mike Padgett Highway. Hiring is underway and many positions, including maintenance mechanics, automation specialists and operators, still need to be filled. The plant manager and human resources staff have already been hired, Hutson said.

The plant will take up about 100 acres, leaving about 1,100 usable acres at the corporate park, said Walter Sprouse, the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority.

Sprouse said the Seattle-based company is the first to locate in the industrial park and looked at the site for about a year.

“It’s not unusual for a company to look for a year-and-a-half,” he said.

Since the Starbucks announcement in early 2012, Sprouse said the site has been shown nearly a dozen times to prospective tenants. Two companies are each interested in 200 acres, he said.

“It’s always good to have some activity going on in an industrial park because it attracts attention,” Sprouse said.

The Augusta location was chosen because of its workforce availability, transportation access, logistics and technology base, quality of life and support from local and state leaders, Hutson said.

The Augusta plant is Starbucks’ first company-owned global manufacturing facility to make soluble products, which are currently produced abroad. The company has four other U.S. roasting plants that collectively employ more than 800 workers.

“We are proud to be bringing high-quality manufacturing jobs to Augusta, when many American companies are sourcing products from overseas,” Hutson said.

AUGUSTA CORPORATE PARK

Starbucks’ 180-square-foot plant is the first to locate at Augusta Corporate Park, off Mike Padgett Highway.

The 1,200-acre industrial park was first marketed 12 years ago as a site for small manufacturing companies hiring no more than 50 employees, said Augusta Economic Development Authority Executive Director Walter Sprouse.

Development Authority staff discovered that the land, which is eight miles from Interstate 20, was too far away for smaller companies.

“We realized the larger the project, the further you could be away from an interstate highway,” Sprouse said.

The addition of Starbucks has generated more interest from large firms, and Sprouse expects announcements on new tenants could be made by the end of the year.

PLANT EMPLOYMENT

To look for employment opportunities at the new plant, visit www.starbucks.com/careers.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 10:09 pm
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Slow News Day

But then, it's a holiday weekend.

countyman
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countyman 07/04/13 - 10:36 pm
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Great article!

The public should be allowed to hear both sides of the story. Everybody doesn't want to hear the daily gloom and doom all the time.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/04/13 - 10:57 pm
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The public should be allowed

The public should be allowed to hear both sides of the story. Everybody doesn't want to hear the propaganda and cheerleading all the time.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/13 - 06:49 am
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"The 1,200-acre industrial

"The 1,200-acre industrial park was first marketed 12 years ago as a site for small manufacturing companies hiring no more than 50 employees, said Augusta Economic Development Authority Executive Director Walter Sprouse.

Development Authority staff discovered that the land, which is eight miles from Interstate 20, was too far away for smaller companies."

Ya think? Just another example of how the Development Authority staff doesn't know what they are doing. Wonder how many thousands of dollars were wasted before they caught on, 10 years after the fact.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/05/13 - 08:18 am
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8 miles?

How long does that take on BJ Expressway? 10 minutes?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/05/13 - 08:43 am
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Or float down the river? Do they have access to the river. LOL
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Or float down the river? Do they have access to the river. LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/05/13 - 08:45 am
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Just in time for the P&G closing. P&G and subcontractors.
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Will no longer being supporting the ARC economy.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/05/13 - 08:46 am
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Many more contractors/temps than P&G 40-70 folks
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Many more contractors/temps than P&G 40-70 folks

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/05/13 - 08:47 am
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The P&G folks who go to LA will wish they went to OH.
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The P&G folks who go to LA will wish they went to OH.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/05/13 - 09:15 am
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Do they have a track, a rail spur? Do they have "derailers" ?
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We would not want a caffeine spill incident.

countyman
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countyman 07/05/13 - 12:25 pm
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Facts

There's no point of debating something that's easily in plan view... Everybody can tell my comments are based on actual facts, and the other's have their personal opinions.

I also think it's funny how one person can garner so much attention on here. I'm one person spreading the positive facts versus the numerous people with their negative opinions.

Darby
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Darby 07/05/13 - 03:49 pm
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"I'm one person spreading the positive facts

versus the numerous people with their negative opinions."

.
And if you don't believe it, just ask me...

Darby
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Darby 07/05/13 - 03:54 pm
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I welcome the jobs... Always happy to see my

adopted hometown grow and prosper. Still, it's a good thing more people aren't like me.

Instant coffee works really well for every occasion.

Just call me what I am. An unsophisticated small town boy at heart.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/05/13 - 06:52 pm
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FACTS... are tricky

FACTS... are tricky things.... especially to those presenting propaganda.

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

harley_52
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harley_52 07/05/13 - 09:58 pm
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"I'm one person spreading the positive facts....

....versus the numerous people with their negative opinions."

And I'm the one person who appreciates the information you bring to the table and not sure why you suffer such abuse at the hands of these naysayers.

I wonder why they didn't choose Columbia County for this development?

Darby
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Darby 07/05/13 - 10:32 pm
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And Harley....

I'm the one having the most fun.

BTW, I just gave you a "thumbs-up" for saying it like it is...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/06/13 - 08:54 am
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How many contract workers, temps, permanent employees? 140
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How many contract workers, temps, permanent employees? 140

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/06/13 - 09:11 am
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Countryman, keep on telling

Countryman, keep on telling the positive and do not let the negative people worry you. I like everything positive that you say and dislike all the negative comments.

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chascushman 07/06/13 - 09:38 am
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"Countryman, keep on telling
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"Countryman, keep on telling the positive and do not let the negative people worry you. I like everything positive that you say and dislike all the negative comments."
JRC, This is similar to what the folks in Detroit were saying while the democrats, black leaders and liberals were taking them down the drain.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/06/13 - 09:43 am
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"Countryman, keep on telling
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repeat

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/06/13 - 12:56 pm
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Some people have never met a

Some people have never met a "fact" that they couldn't manipulate...

Tell the truth.... warts and all... and you will silence the "naysayers."

Continue the daily embellishment and you will be challenged daily, the agenda is obvious.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/06/13 - 01:30 pm
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"Tell the truth.... warts and all...

....and you will silence the "naysayers." "

What, precisely, do you consider "daily embellishment" from the comments countyman has made in this thread? Or are you more talking about comments he's made in other threads and your comments here are more a "carry over" from other threads?

Personally, I find the information he posts on these boards to be quite informative. I learn a lot from it. And what's the problem with him being positive about Augusta? I am too, though I admit I know far less about it than others in here. I've lived in lots of places, but not yet in a perfect one.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/06/13 - 03:44 pm
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Harley...

You are exactly correct... my comments with regard to countyman are not based on this article or the comments about this article, but more based on his comments and statements as a whole.
I read his comments on these forums and on another blog where he posts and his manner is the same on both.
If you find his comments informative that's your prerogative. I for one, see a difference in being positive and embellishing the tale to benefit your position (and most likely your paycheck.)
I'm glad you are positive about Augusta/Richmond County, we all should be proud of where we live...but we should all be realists, that realism includes knowing when you are being worked by a salesman who wants to pitch every single taxpayer funded development that comes down the pipe.

I've lived here for quite a while and I like it here...it's far from perfect, but there must be something that keeps us here.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/06/13 - 06:23 pm
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I Understand Your Point...

Gage Creed, but I guess I don't see all this "embellishment" you see.

What do you suppose is countyman's job and how do you think his position/paycheck are enhanced? It seems to me he spends most of his time trying to answer all those who love to hate Richmond County even though many of them don't even live here.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/06/13 - 07:30 pm
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Harley, I have no exact

Harley, I have no exact knowledge of countyman's chosen profession, but given his affinity for spending taxpayers money and all of his attention to business openings, he must have ties to the development and real estate business.

When he doubles the actual number of employees a business has, or quotes 5 year plan numbers as actuals. Then he provides some link to a site that tells us Augusta is the 4th best place to retire, but chastises those who disagree because we need a baseball stadium... correction mixed use facility downtown, to attract young professionals.
He vigorously supported the TEE Center, The Parking Deck, Ruff House, Library et al. Lends his "voice" the "Cultural Mills", and any other publicly funded moneypit that will fit within the CBD... All the while proudly supporting the bribe money for Laney Walker/Bethlehem.

All of this from someone who admittedly rents in Olde Towne?

I've said more than enough on this subject...

countyman
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countyman 07/06/13 - 07:49 pm
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What's the name of this

What's the name of this mystery company were I doubled the number of employees?

I live in the CBD, and not Olde Town either.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/06/13 - 08:06 pm
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Rural Sourcing for one

Rural Sourcing for one ABS/Bard for another... shall I throw in ADP for good measure?

I guess I don't have a dance card as you previously claimed Olde Towne as your residence.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/06/13 - 08:32 pm
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I Guess My Perspective Is Different....

I don't see myself being "worked by a salesman," nor do I see countyman as being in a position to be "spending taxpayer money."

I appreciate the information he brings about new businesses coming to the area and where they're likely to locate. I don't have another good source for that information. I'm not worried that it's going to cost me anything, so I tend to view it as a public service announcement.

You think countyman's real name is Copenhaver?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/06/13 - 09:06 pm
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I don't think he's Deke...

I don't think he's Deke... but I have wondered if he was Karyn Nixon ☺

Harley, as you say it doesn't cost a thing to listen, but I have issues with being told that if you buy an Isuzu you can save $2B

http://abrahamaniac.blogspot.com/2011/05/tv-isuzu-joe-isuzu-save-million...

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countyman 07/07/13 - 03:36 pm
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Facts

I never one claimed to live in Olde Town, and never doubled the employees at Rural Sourcing, ADP, or ABS....

Please show the facts.

The ADP facility will hold 1,000 employees or more at full capacity. The company had almost 500 according to this article back in June of 2010. I don't have the exact numbers, but ADP should be over 600 by now.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-06-30/onegeorgia-authority...

Don't blame the messenger, because you didn't know Rural Sourcing had 75 employees already with plans to hire up to 30 in the next few months. It's not my fault the CEO of the company realizes the potential of Augusta, and can see the company holding up to 200-300 employees.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-07-03/con...

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