Two SANY Crawler Cranes perform twin lift in Texas oilfield

When oilfield services provider 5J Trucking needed to expand its fleet of hoisting equipment, owner Jimmy Frye turned to SANY’s high-end line of crawler cranes. Shortly after taking delivery of his new 50- and 100-ton machines, Mr. Frye put them to the test in October with a twin lift in Texas’ Permian Basin. The pick required lifting the 142-foot, 90,000-pound derrick on the Pioneer 14 oil rig. Read More»

Distribution center brings 108 jobs to Newnan-Coweta

A company that makes sure you get your fast-food orders filled at Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, Burger King and Captain D’s and your sit-down orders at Red Lobster and Olive Garden is setting up shop in the Coweta County Industrial Park, bringing 108 jobs to the Newnan area.

MBM Foodservice — one of the largest privately owned foodservice distributors in the nation, specializing in providing food to more than 25,000 nationally franchised restaurants — will spend $12.6 million to convert a spec building to its needs, according to a news release Thursday from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal. Read More»

Fayette the next Silicon Valley? Don’t laugh . . .

Fayette County the next Silicon Valley? Sound farfetched? Maybe so, but Fayette has been ranked high in a list of 20 “micropolitan” areas identified by Business Insider as a top candidate possessing what the publication says is the right criteria to be poised for a high-tech boom.

The premise of the Oct. 24 story contends that there are millions of budding entrepreneurs outside America’s existing technology centers. But unlike in times past, the spread of broadband Internet access across the United States is paving the way for a different type of entrepreneurial and corporate expansion. Read More»

A week with the 2012 Chevy Volt

A week with the 2012 Chevy Volt

For some people, myself included, the words “electric car,” give an impression of being light instead of heavy and flimsy instead of solid. The idea of plugging a vehicle in, especially in this part of the world, makes one think of a golf cart, which is fun to ride and will get you to a nearby destination, but really isn’t a viable vehicle for anything more than a quick zip around the neighborhood. Read More»

Local electrical contractor keeps a critical connection to Veteran’s Day

Local electrical contractor keeps a critical connection to Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day, November 11, marks a significant US Holiday of remembrance. For one Atlanta area small business, Silver Star Electrical Contractors (Silver Star), and its owner, Curtis C. Williamson, a retired Marine, Veteran’s Day holds a special and personal significance. Read More»

Deli meal deal draws overnight PTC crowd

Deli meal deal draws overnight PTC crowd

The newly opened Schlotzsky’s Deli in Peachtree City was offering quite a special deal to their first 50 customers. The first 50 people to purchase a six pack of Cinnabon received free Cinnabon for a year or sandwich, chips and drink for a year.The deal was enough to get some people to camp out at the store starting the night before. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette jobless rate hits high — again

It is a distinction that most people in Fayette County would likely rather avoid. But the unemployment numbers are in for September and they show Fayette hitting a 20-year high in jobless numbers for the second time in four months.

September figures released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor (DOL) showed Fayette’s unemployment rate at 9.3 percent. That figure represents 4,708 people out of work in a workforce of 50,780. Fayette’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in August and 8.3 percent a year ago. Read More»

Tyrone’s Southampton Village sold for $15.2 million

The Southampton Village shopping center on Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone has a new owner. The shopping center, along with another in metro Greenville, South Carolina, were purchased this week for $15.2 million.

Phillips Edison-ARC Shopping Center REIT, Inc., a publicly registered, non-traded REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) focusing on acquiring grocery-anchored neighborhood and community shopping centers announced Oct. 17 that it had acquired two shopping centers in Tyrone and Greenville, South Carolina, with a combined 150,243 square feet of space, according to a company press release. Read More»

New welcome center, retail set to open in Senoia

New Senoia Downtown Development Authority members (from left) Scott Tigchelaar and Rhonda Moye join DDA Chairman Suzanne Helfman in front of the two former police department buildings on Main Street that have been renovated and will soon be opening as the city’s Welcome Center and Sugar Daddy’s Swimwear. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was just over a year ago that the Senoia Downtown Development Authority purchased the old police department buildings on Main Street. The idea behind purchasing the city property was to renovate the buildings so that one could serve as the welcome center and the other could be leased to a business.

DDA agreed last September to purchase the circa 1912 buildings for $27,000 and the City Council accepted the offer on a 4-1 vote. Per the agreement, DDA said it would be responsible for the rehab work that would be needed. Read More»

Sany to add 300 jobs in PTC in next 3-5 years

Company expanding campus with $25M research and development facility

Sany America will begin adding 300 engineering jobs next year, with a plan to build a $25 million expansion to its brand-new campus in the Peachtree City industrial park.

This announcement from Gov. Nathan Deal dovetails with a job creation grant of $50,000 offered by city officials last month, which is contingent on at least 100 jobs with a base salary of $80,000 or more.

Sany will be hiring 300 mechanical and hydraulic engineers in the next three to five years, and they will design and develop new products across many Sany Group product lines. Read More»