Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Business & Industry Awards!
Small Business of the Year - Secure Health
Business of the Year - B & B Free
, local franchise owners of multiple McDonald's locations.
Industry of the Year - B & D Industrial
, also known as Bearings & Drives.
Congratulations to all of the winners who were presented with their awards at the Annual Awards Luncheon on November 13th.
Macon Economic Development Commission Wins International Award
During the 2014 International Economic Development Council (IEDC)’s annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) was recognized with a GOLD award in the New Media category for its social media campaign, #MadeInMacon
Kumho Tire set to start construction of its manufacturing plant in Macon in August
Kumho Tire will start construction of its long-awaited manufacturing plant in Macon in August, economic development officials and Kumho representatives announced Tuesday. The plant, to be built on 150 acres in Sofkee Industrial Park, is expected to bring 450 jobs and start tire production in January 2016. “Today is a great day for our company, and we are very pleased to announce this,” said Harry Choi, Kumho Tire North America president. The project, first announced in January 2008, was delayed by the subsequent global financial crisis, but the company remained committed to Macon, he said, thanking local officials for their patience and commitment. “We are proud to call Macon a Kumho hometown,” Choi said. This will be the Korean-based company’s first U.S. plant. Initially, construction was pushed back to late 2009 or early 2010, but in fall 2009 it was delayed until the fourth quarter of 2013.In September 2013, Choi said production wasn’t expected to start until 2016, so Tuesday’s announcement moves the schedule up by a year. Choi said last year that production could start at 3 million tires per year, with the potential for 10 million. The original announcement called for a $225 million factory, but on Tuesday officials said Kumho will invest up to $413 million in the project. - July 1, 2014
Birch Communications, Inc., a leading communications provider with roots in Macon, announced that it will acquire Cbeyond
Birch Communications, Inc., a leading provider of business focused communications, cloud and managed services based in Atlanta and Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses also based in Atlanta, jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Birch will acquire Cbeyond in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $323 million. - April 21, 2014
GEICO’s Macon Office Looking to Add 500 New Employees
GEICO has put up a big “Help Wanted” sign at its Macon, Ga., office in order to hire new associates to keep up with the company’s strong policyholder growth. The Macon office, which already employs more than 5,400 associates, has identified more than 500 new positions that it would like to add this year.
“Opportunities abound at GEICO,” said Rhett Rayburn, Macon Southeast regional vice president. “Last year close to one-fourth of GEICO associates throughout the country received at least one promotion, so in addition to keeping up with growth we also need to bring on new associates to step into those roles.” - April 1, 2014