New PTC plant to employ 42 to make livestock feed additive

Breaking ground at the site of Calpis America’s new U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operation in Peachtree City are (L-R) Stephen Hogan, Peachtree City WASA; Nancy Price, Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau; Vanessa Fleisch, Peachtree City Council; Masato Yoshida, CEO/President Calpis America; Don Haddix, mayor; Kim Learnard, Peachtree City Council; Jim Pennington,  city manager; David Rast, P&Z. Photo/Special.

Calpis America, Inc., broke ground on its new $20 million manufacturing and headquarters facility in the Peachtree City industrial park Friday.

The Japanese firm will employ about 50 people at the plant, which will produce a livestock feed additive designed to promote digestive health. Some 42 of the jobs will be created in the first year of operations on the 12-acre site.

The plant is expected to be operational by April 2014.

Georgia Quick Start, which provides customized workforce training, will help the company with its training needs. Read More»

Rivers Elementary School sold to Pinewood Studios group

It has been a long time coming, but the Rivers Elementary School property on Sandy Creek Road across from the future Pinewood Atlanta Studios property has been sold to River’s Rock II, LLC for $5.17 million — about half the cost of the original land and building. Read More»

F’ville Belk store joins in chain’s 125th anniversary party

The Belk store in Fayetteville joins 300 stores in 16 states Wednesday, May 29, to celebrate the department store company’s 125th anniversary.

Day-long festivities begin with a ceremony Wednesday morning including local business leaders and officials, according to store manager Kim Jones, who said the first 100 customers will win gift cards. A fashion show featuring the private label brand “Cynthia” is slated for 11 a.m. Read More»

‘Local-only’ farmers market expands in PTC, Newnan locations

The Our Community Farmers Market is back for its second year and has expanded to two locations. The organic and naturally-grown “producer only” market is located Saturday mornings at MacDuff Plaza in Peachtree City and on Wednesday mornings at the old train depot on East Broad Street in Newnan. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A new type of farmers market opened last year in east Coweta County. This year, Our Community Farmers Market has expanded to locations in Peachtree City and Newnan.

Our Community Farmers Market (OCFM) is a market with a difference because its vendors are all local, offering organic or naturally-grown products and carry a “producer-only” qualification, explained OCFM co-owner-operator Marianne Pizzitola. Read More»

Coweta OKs hotel plan

Another sign of the economic recovery came last week when the Coweta County Commission approved variances for a 62-room Microtel hotel with four floors at Amlajack Boulevard and Barith Road near Interstate 85.

The variances approved by unanimous vote included building setbacks, additional building height and stories. The odd shape and small size of the lot hinder the layout of the development, Coweta County Zoning Administrator Angela White said of the 1.485-acre lot on the southeast corner of Amlajack Boulevard and Barith Road and located adjacent to the RaceTrac Fueling Center. Read More»

Pinewood Studios arrives in Fayette with hopes for 3,400 jobs

Land clearing and construction is underway April 30 at entrance. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County may soon be crowned as the TV and movie-making capital of Georgia, now that London’s Pinewood Studios has officially announced that its “full service film and entertainment studio complex” is under construction in rural Fayette County, directly across from Rivers Elementary School on Sandy Creek Road.
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Poplar Road/I-85 medical offices near hospital approved

Rezoning for another healthcare-related complex was approved last week by the Coweta County Commission. The 15-acre medical office and retail development will be situated on Poplar Road just west of Interstate 85. Read More»

Nissan dealership planned for Newnan

The Coweta County Commission on Tuesday had no objection to the annexation request by Newnan of a 4.9-acre tract at Bullsboro Drive near Interstate 85 that is expected to be the location of a Nissan dealership. Read More»

Medical office/retail development proposed for Poplar Road near I-85

A 113,300 square-foot medical office and retail development is being proposed on 15.13 acres on the northwest corner of Poplar Road and Newnan Crossing Bypass East near Interstate 85. A rezoning public hearing on the proposal will be heard by the Coweta County Commission at the April 16 meeting. Read More»

Truett’s Luau restaurant gets its drive-thru, kiosk

The final approval needed for the new Truett’s Luau restaurant at the Waterfall commercial center at Grady Avenue and Ga. Highway 54 West came at the March 26 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission by unanimous vote approved the kiosk that will be positioned near the restaurant’s front door and the drive-thru configuration that will lead to the kiosk. The two-lane drive-thru will accommodate approximately 17 vehicles. Read More»

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