Business

Local connections drive Geeslin Group

Dale Geeslin and office manager Glenda Hicks at The Geeslin Group’s office in Peachtree City. Photo/Sandy Hart.

Dale Geeslin is good with numbers. More than that, he likes them. While some people’s eyes glaze over at the prospect of taxes, audits, legal proceedings or filling out paperwork, Geeslin finds it interesting. He can appreciate the details and the minutiae, but he also sees the people behind the forms, the clients who placed their trust in him and his company to see them through what can be a tough time.

“I think one of the keys to my success is that I develop good relationships with my clients,” Geeslin said. “I can see the impact that I have made helping people.” Read More»

Turning Bullish in 2012

By Virginia Gibbs
President & CEO – Fayette Chamber of Commerce

Happy 2012! There are some bright spots on the business horizon, and some hints of optimism that 2012 will begin to provide some much needed relief to this seemingly endless recession. Read More»

YP Fayette pairs local mentors with young professionals, makes leadership the 2012 priority

The Young Professionals of Fayette County (YP Fayette) had a Lunch with a Leader program at Baci Italian Cuisine in Fayetteville last Thursday. From left are Adalene Holly, The Harbin Agency; Kerry Kohnen, President Kaiser Permanente; Ellie White Stevens, Marketing Guru; Trey Ragsdale Kaiser Permanente.

YP Fayette (Young Professionals of Fayette County) started the new year focusing on Leadership. On Thursday, January 5, the first Lunch with a Leader featured Kerry Kohnen, President of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. Kohnen inspired young professionals through personal testimony, career insight, and a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Fayetteville location.

Kohnen shared that it was important to “never set the bar too low.” Through personal stories, he made suggestions for how to live with career and life balance, and he touted the importance of mentorship. Read More»

PTC OK's road sale for senior apartments

To create more breathing room for a new senior apartment complex, the Peachtree City Council agreed Thursday to sell the cul-de-sac and a bit more of the road at the end of Newgate Road.

NorSouth will pay the city $75,000 for the .43-acre parcel and will also pay all other costs associated with the city abandoning the road, according to city staff.

The land was not necessary for the apartment complex, but it will help improve the design by freeing up more greenspace on the site, NorSouth representatives have said. Read More»

Jobless rates fall again in Coweta, Newnan

Coweta County saw a significant drop in unemployment to 8.8 percent in November but it was Newnan that saw the jobless rate fall nearly a full percentage point to 10.2 percent.

The unemployment picture in Coweta got a bit brighter in November with jobless numbers falling half a percentage point to 8.8 percent. That compares to a 9.3 percent rate in October and 9.6 percent in November 2010.

Coweta County has a workforce of 60,564 of which 5,317 are out of work. Read More»

Atlanta Trek donates bikes, helmets to military families

The Atlanta Trek store in Kedron Village in Peachtree City last week donated 10 bicycles and 10 helmets to Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families. On hand for the Christmas donation were store employees (from left) Mark Born, Ian Buchanan, Darwin Johnson, Ryan Waller and David Turbyfield along with Operation Homefront Georgia Director Mike Patellis and Atlant Trek owner Willard Hair. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was something Willard Hair and the employees at Atlanta Trek Bicycles in Peachtree City thought would make a difference at Christmas. The bicycle store at Kedron Village Shopping Center last week donated 10 bicycles and 10 bike helmets to Operation Homefront to be distributed to the families of service members.

Hair said he got the idea for the donation after hearing a college student on the radio about two weeks ago saying she did not support the troops or the war. Read More»

Tax revenues to get boost from $60M plant expansion in PTC

The new oil refinery that’s under construction at Universal Environmental Services in the Peachtree City industrial park represents a $60 million investment on behalf of the company. Read More»

Jobless numbers fall in Coweta, Newnan

Unemployment figures for November will be out soon. And the news might be good for a change if the figures for October are any measure. Coweta County in October saw jobless numbers fall below 9.5 percent while Newnan’s unemployment numbers fell half a percentage point to 11.1 percent.

Unemployment in Coweta during October decreased to 9.4 percent compared to the 9.7 percent figure in September. That number equates to 5,653 people out of work in a countywide workforce of 60,400.

Coweta’s jobless rate in October 2010 was 9.1 percent.   Read More»

Employment picture brightens in October for Fayette, PTC

The unemployment picture for Fayette County seems to be improving. If the figures for November due out in a couple of weeks look anything like those from October it will be a welcome sight. The October jobless rate in Fayette County fell by nearly half a point to 8.8 percent while Peachtree City saw unemployment drop from 8.4 percent to 7.9 percent. Read More»

PTC gets ‘green’ oil refinery

With a rendering of the new refinery in the background (top, left), UES President Dr. Juan Fritchy welcomes visitors to the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon. Photo/John Munford.

$60 million ‘upcycling’ plant to provide clean motor oil

When you pull into the bay for an oil change, you probably don’t think about where that dirty goo really ends up, much less what becomes of it.

It turns out that it ends up in Peachtree City, where Universal Environmental Services is building a $60 million [CORRECTED from print edition] expansion of its used motor oil refinery that will be not only profitable, but also environmentally-friendly.
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