First heavy machinery rolls off line at Sany’s PTC assembly factory

(L-R) SANY America President Jack Tang; Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix; Vice President of Excavator Division Wanhong Yang. Photo/SANY.

Sany America is celebrating the completion of its first excavator at its North American headquarters in Peachtree City.

At a ceremony Monday, the 21.5-ton SY215 rolled off the assembly line at 3:18 p.m. with Sany personnel and Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix in attendance.

Sany will also be assembling other heavy equipment at its 400,000 square-foot facility in the city’s industrial park. The company, headquartered in China, produces concrete pump trucks, port machinery, rough terrain cranes and crawler cranes.
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What happened to the sports pages?

The Fayette County Lady Tigers won the 3-AAAA region basketball title on their home court Saturday night by defeating Alcovy 50-39. The girls have won the region title five out of the last six seasons and open the AAAA state tournament at home Friday against Lovejoy at 7 p.m. For more on the championship and a look at teams playing in the state tournament, find a copy of The Citizen Sports Weekly Thursday. You may also follow the teams online at Photo/Michael Boylan.

There are no sports pages in this week’s paper, but we didn’t give up on sports. In fact, we’re giving it higher priority than we ever have.

Tomorrow marks an exciting new beginning for The Citizen Newspapers as we launch The Citizen Sports Weekly, a full-color tabloid-sized newspaper focusing on sports and recreation in Fayette and Coweta counties — every week, not once a month. Read More»

PTC authorizes $50K jobs grant

City on verge of economic development pact with county

Companies creating more than a handful of high-paying jobs in Peachtree City will now be eligible for a city grant of up to $50,000.

And while that measure was approved Thursday night by the City Council, officials are nearing a deal to pay the Fayette County Development Authority to implement further economic development initiatives for the city. Read More»

Clayton State’s Emily Poole receives Fayette Chamber’s Young Professional Award

Emily Poole and her mentor in the Young Professional’s Young Protege program, Greg Detwiler. Photo/Special.

Clayton State University student Emily Poole (Fayetteville) recently received the Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year Award at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Poole works at Allan Vigil Ford of Fayetteville in fleet sales, where she is primarily responsible for sales to commercial and municipal clients. She also occasionally conducts individual retail sales. Read More»

Ben Haverty stimulates local economy with new flea market concept

Kay Ross and Tanisha French of  The JDM (which stands for Jaw Dropping Moments) at Ben’s Flea Market. They are event coordinators and decor for weddings, receptions and parties. Photo/Diann Cupertino.

Ben Haverty, President and CEO of Ben’s Brands For Less Furniture and Mattress announces a new addition to his affordable furniture and mattress stores, Ben’s Flea Market. Haverty is pleased to provide a clean, air-conditioned, family-friendly environment to vendors and their customers.

“With room for up to 300 booths, Ben’s Flea Market can offer these entrepreneurs the space and resources they need to effectively sell their goods and grow their business,” said Haverty. Read More»

PTC’s World Airways parent company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

PTC’s World Airways parent company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Flights will continue without interuption, says Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the parent company of World Airways, Inc., North American Airlines, Inc. and other subsidiaries, while the parent undergoes reorganization in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a press release Feb. 5 on PRNewswire.

The company — with world headquarters in Peachtree City — said it had too many airplanes, its labor costs were too high and it lacked the money to continue operating at its current size. Read More»

PTC seeks economic development deal through county

Peachtree City may soon have a new economic development staffer through a contract arrangement with the Fayette County Development Authority.

A contract, which would pay FCDA $75,000 for one year in return to compensate for that new employee, has been prepared by city and authority representatives. Read More»

F’ville tavern owner wants to loosen alcohol, sign restrictions

The recently elected members of the Fayetteville City Council during their campaign run used the idea of potentially relaxing some aspects of the sign ordinance as a way of stimulating business activity. Read More»

Ramsey receives Guardian of Small Business Award

State Representative Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, recently received the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Matt Ramsey earned this award for his steadfast support for small business and his strong leadership on issues important to entrepreneurs in Georgia,” said Kyle Jackson, NFIB/Georgia State Director. Read More»

Jobless rate edges up in Coweta, Newnan

The lower unemployment rates seen in Newnan and Coweta County in November traveled north about a third of a point in December. Coweta’s jobless rate for December moved up to 9 percent while the rate in Newnan rose to 10.5 percent.

Figures released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor showed a December unemployment rate for Coweta County at 9 percent. That’s up from the 8.7 percent rate in November. While higher than anyone would like it easily outstrips the 9.6 percent rate a year ago.

Coweta currently has a workforce of 60,765, of which 5,441 are unemployed. Read More»

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