Industrial pioneer Paschall honored for 50 years in PTC

PTC Mayor Pro Tem Kim Learnard presents proclamation to Norman Paschall. Photo/John Munford.

This year, one of Peachtree City’s pioneering companies is marking its 50th anniversary of operations here.

Monday morning, the employees of Norman W. Paschall Inc. also celebrated the 93rd birthday of their founder, Norman “Zeke” Paschall.

The boss was caught by surprise with a brief ceremony in which he was presented a proclamation from the city by Mayor Pro-Tem Kim Learnard. The backdrop of the presentation was the company’s unofficial “wall of fame” containing photographs of employees who worked between 20 and 50 years for the company. Read More»

PTC ready for long lines as businesses required to show ID in person

Peachtree City Hall is geared up for long lines anticipated this week thanks to a new change in state law that requires a business representative to present their identification in person so it can be checked for their immigration status. Read More»

Jobless rate falls in Coweta, Fayette

It’s pretty good news for a recession that just keeps hanging on. September’s unemployment figures for Coweta County showed a decrease of nearly a percentage point to 7.8 percent while the rate in Fayette County fell half a percentage point to 7.3 percent. Read More»

RaceTrac construction cranks up on 54W

Work is underway on the RaceTrac convenience store on Ga. Highway 54 west between Planterra Way and Line Creek Drive.

The landscape plan for the site was approved by the planning commission Oct. 22, with no less than eight canopy trees required for a 30-foot wide buffer along the highway.

The plan meets or exceeds the city’s requirements and the majority of the remaining plant material will be installed at the perimeter of the parking area, according to a memo prepared by city staff. Read More»

NAECO unveils expanded facilities

The smiles on all the faces came as the ribbon was cut on Sept. 27 for the unveiling of the expanded facilities at NAECO, LLC in Peachtree City. From left are Erick Bergmann, Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, Tracy Bergmann, Lisa Bergmann, Frederick Bergmann, David Bergmann, Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton, Fayette County Commissioner-elect Charles  Oddo and Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It began in 1999 with a conversation, and a dream, between David and Tracy Bergmann at their kitchen table. Today, Peachtree City-based NAECO, LLC is celebrating continued growth in its electrical contacts business that includes an expanding list of national and international customers and has provided more than 20 local jobs.   Read More»

Alzheimer’s care facility coming to Brandywine Blvd. in F’ville

It has been a few years since any significant economic development has surfaced in recession-battered Fayetteville. But things are changing on Brandywine Boulevard off Ga. Highway 54 West with the grading on 4.33 acres that will be the site next spring of the Hope Assisted Living and Memory Care Center.

Company founder Earl Schoepf said the center will specialize in dementia care, with an emphasis on residents with Alzheimer’s disease.

“We see a great need and demand for Alzheimer’s care,” Schoepf said Monday. Read More»

Successful SBDC GrowSmart series completed in Peachtree City

Successful SBDC GrowSmart series completed in Peachtree City

The Clayton State University and The University of West Georgia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) successfully completed their first GrowSmart series on Sept. 18, at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site.  

The GrowSmart program was broken down into six sessions for small business owners/managers: planning for growth; marketing: research, planning & implementation; leadership & management; financial analysis, tools & resources; and operations. In six weeks, small business owners learned how to become seasoned CEOs. Read More»

Sany America President Jack Tang and family cheer on dragon boat team

Sany America President Jack Tang and family cheer on dragon boat team

Peachtree City residents Jack Tang (R), president of Sany America, Inc., wife Jenny Zhang-Tang and son Lifeng (Jerry) Tang (L) were on hand to cheer on Sany’s dragon boat team in the Sept. 22 races on Lake Peachtree. Sany America operates out of its 400,000 square-foot headquarters, assembly and component supply plant in Peachtree City’s industrial park. The local plant assembles 20- to 30-ton earth excavators for the North American market from “kits” manufactured in mainland China in the world’s largest excavator factory, a 5.9 million square-foot behemoth near Shanghai. Photo/Gwen Griffin.

PTC company up for international award

An international company located in Peachtree City has been named a finalist for the fourth annual Governor’s International Awards.

Aventure Aviation is nominated in the International Trade Category, which recognizes companies that have had the greatest impact in Georgia through their import and export activities since Jan. 1, 2011.

As of August of this year, exports have accounted for 72 percent of Aventure’s sales. Read More»

F’ville loosens its drink sale rules

Fayetteville is making it easier to get a drink in more places and for longer hours.

The City Council on Sept. 20 made a number of changes to the ordinance regulating alcohol sale and consumption. The amendments brought several changes, including those pertaining to serving times, events selling alcohol, new types of businesses approved for sales and the percentage of alcohol to food sales required of restaurants. The council voted 3-1 to approve the amendments. Read More»