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Welcome – Chairman


Meet the Board




Why Macon


Community Partners




Existing Industry Introduction


Existing Industries


New Industries


Financial Summary


WELCOME On behalf of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to the MBCIA’s FY 2019 report. In this edition, you will gain valuable information about the MBCIA, our mission, and the successes we’ve been able to generate over the last few years. The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Board of Directors would like to thank all of our partner agencies for their continued support of our economic development activities. Robert E. Fountain, Jr., Chairman

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MBCIA Executive Director Welcome

On behalf of the MBCIA Staff, the MBCIA would like to thank the Board of Directors and our strategic partners for their continued support of our economic development efforts in Macon-Bibb County. We are fortunate as a community and a state to have a strong group of partner agencies that help support and promote what we do. We look forward to a continued partnership and growth in Macon-Bibb County.

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority was created by an Act of the General Assembly in 1962 and is governed by a sixmember board consisting of the Mayor of Macon-Bibb County, four Macon-Bibb County appointees, and one appointment. The Act charged the Authority with the responsibility of creating jobs and increasing the tax base of Macon-Bibb County.

STAFF Stephen Adams Executive Director

Lillie Battle Administrative Assistant

Amy Tarpley Operations & Finance Director

Raymond Simmons Facilities Manager

Eleyce Coleman Existing Industry Manager

Kevin Brown Counsel to the Board & Executive Director

Dan Hall Marketing Manager

The mission of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority shall be to promote the economic well-being of Macon-Bibb County by creating jobs, retaining jobs and increasing the tax base.

Robert E. Fountain, Jr., Chairman MBCIA Owner and Operator of Fountain Enterprises Dwight Jones, Vice-Chairman MBCIA Owner of Ocmulgee Fields, Inc. Robert A.B. Reichert, Member Mayor, Macon-Bibb County Samuel F. Hart, Sr., Member Chairman of Macon Water Authority Walter L. Miller, Member Owner, Giga Nikki T. Randall, Member Assistant Vice President, Navicent Health Tony Rojas Macon Water Authority Executive Director & President MWA Liason to MBCIA Board 3



10% Rental Income 15% Partner Agencies 50% Local Government 25% Project Successes

7% General operations


9% Maintain rental properties 15% Back to local government and school system

69% Recruiting and retaining industry

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The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) is the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industries, and improving the quality of life in the MaconBibb County area. Together with regional, state, and local partners, MBCIA creates an environment that facilitates success for businesses of all types and sizes. Since 2017, MBCIA has generated more than $1.3 billion in private investments and over 2,500 new jobs from industries such as Amazon, Irving Consumer Products, Nichiha USA, and Tyson Foods, in addition to the existing industry growth of Nichiha, Tyson Foods, and Graphic Packaging. The consolidated government of MaconBibb County is in the center of Georgia at I-75 and I-475. Being centrally located, Macon-Bibb County is a 3-5 days truck drive away from any major city in the U.S. Due to the recently consolidated government structure, doing business is made simple. In Central Georgia, you’ll find a stable workforce of roughly 400,000 that reaches within a 45-minute drive radius.

Macon MSA Population: 228,914

Available Workforce: 400,000 (26 county draw)

7 colleges and technical schools are within a 45-minute drive

Level 1 Trauma Center The Macon Water Authority has a 5.9-billion-gallon reservoir and water capacity of 20 million gallons a day Incentive packages for every investment are done with the individual project in mind

Distance from major cities Atlanta: 75 miles Port Authority: 180 miles Orlando, FL: 380 miles Miami, FL: 606 miles

82% of commercial markets are within two shipping days of Georgia Norfolk Southern Railroad’s largest switching yard in the Southeast

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With the aid of our partners at the regional, state, and local level, the MBCIA creates a competitive business environment for industry to succeed. Through these partnerships, incentive packaging for every investment is done with the individual industry in mind. If an industry needs help with infrastructure, sales tax exemption, or local vendor programs, we can assist through our government and state partnerships. These partnerships help to achieve common business goals and grow the economic well-being of Macon-Bibb County. Our strategic partnerships allow industries to have access to facilities, equipment, and workforce-based programs that otherwise would be out of reach.




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“In 2019, the Georgia Department of Economic Development was delighted to support our economic development partners in MaconBibb County to announce the Dean Baldwin hangars at Middle Georgia Regional Airport and the expansion of Irving Tissue. These two projects – one new, one expansion – represent so much about what this area of our state offers companies seeking growth, and together they delivered an investment of over $420 million and the creation of more than 260 jobs. Site selectors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs see countless opportunities in MaconBibb County. Our Global Commerce team, Centers of Innovation, project managers, and Rural Georgia Initiatives team are just a few of the ways we’re working to support the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority and area economic development partners to keep our state No. 1 for business. Pat Wilson, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner

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New Jobs Created

Jobs Retained



Since 2017, the MBCIA has generated more than $1.3 billion in private investments, created over 2,500 new jobs, and retained over 750 jobs. These jobs came from industries such as Amazon, Irving Consumer Products, Nichiha USA, Tyson Foods, Embraer, Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems, and Dean Baldwin Painting. In addition to new industries locating in Macon-Bibb County, the existing industry growth of Graphic Packaging, YKK USA, and Tractor Supply show why Macon-Bibb County is a great place for industries to do business.


TAX DIGEST (*40% of Fair Market Value Assessment Ratio) 1,516,041,435




OVER 2 MILLION SQUARE FEET in new construction

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% Change




0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 2010 Bibb Digest

in new Private Investment

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority’s Existing Industry Program is a major part of the economic development activities carried about by MBCIA. This program spearheads the Authority’s coordination with our local and state partner agencies in an effort to maintain and cultivate relationships with our existing industries.

% Change


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When an industry succeeds in Macon-Bibb County, it directly benefits the entire community. Working with existing industries in MaconBibb County, our goal is to foster success by matching industry needs with local and state resources. Through our Existing Industry Program, the current 200+ industries located in Macon-Bibb County benefit from a variety of programs and services. A diverse group of businesses is set up to succeed with our thriving business environment, pool of qualified workers, and unparalleled quality of life.

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2010 2018 2020 Industrial Tax Industrial Tax Industrial Tax



Eleyce Coleman Existing Industry Manager

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GRAPHIC PACKAGING In 2017, Graphic Packaging International, a leading company in the design and manufacturing of packaging for commercial products, announced its private investment of $136 million in the modernization of its Macon mill. Graphic Packaging International employs more than 1,300 employees in Georgia and the Macon mill investment will help retain more than 460 manufacturing jobs.

A number of factors influenced our decision, including the facility location; access to a diverse, educated, and skilled local workforce; and our relationship with Macon-Bibb County and the State of Georgia.

Graphic Packaging International’s Macon mill makes paperboard used in packaging for the food and beverage industry. The investment has enhanced its capability by adding a state-of-the-art curtain coater, automating certain processes, and upgrading the water, generator, and air systems to improve the mill's environmental profile. “After a thorough analysis of our manufacturing needs and the available local resources, it was clear that Macon-Bibb Country was ideal for this capital investment,” said Michael Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International.

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GEICO Geico’s Macon journey began in 1974 with the first company opening downtown on Poplar Street in the old First National Bank building. It started with only 150 employees. In 2011 and 2014, Geico announced plans to expand and create new jobs in Middle Georgia. The president and chief operating officer at the time, Bill Roberts, said, “The reason we located in Central Georgia was because of the growing workforce.” Geico’s Macon location has grown at rocket pace since 1974, and today it’s one of largest Geico offices in the country, almost three times the size of the corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. Today, it’s the second-largest private auto insurer in the United States, the fastest-growing auto insurance company, and the largest private employer in the area. Geico has grown to over 6,000 employees in Middle Georgia, which is a testament to how industries are finding major growth and expansion opportunities in MaconBibb County.

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NICHIHA USA In June 2006, Nichiha first announced it would create approximately 100 jobs and build a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. The plant would sit on 60 acres in the Airport South Industrial Park on Avondale Mill Road at U.S. 41. By October of that year, it added a warehouse to its plans for a total of 400,000 square feet. The initial investment was $100 million. The plant held its grand opening in November 2007. While Nichiha has had operations in the U.S. since 1998, the South Bibb facility was the company’s first plant in the U.S. When it opened, it was the first manufacturing plant built in Bibb County in more than 20 years.

In 2018, Nichiha announced its investment of $120 million in the expansion of its Macon-Bibb County facility. The Nichiha Corporation is in the process of expanding their operations in Macon-Bibb County. This expansion will create more than 70 new jobs in the area. Nichiha specializes in fiber cement products designed for interior and exterior commercial and industrial applications. The finished product can be made to look like stone, brick, or other composites.

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TYSON FOODS The MBCIA announced that Tyson Foods, Inc. would invest $59 million to expand its distribution center in Macon. The move added 102 new jobs, improved efficiency, and supported the company’s plans for future growth. The project, which began the summer of 2017, included a 152,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility. The Macon distribution center currently serves retail and foodservice customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

“The expansion of our Macon distribution center is part of our focus on continuous improvement and commitment to customer service,” said Gregg Uecker, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Integration at Tyson. “This expansion will allow us to ship our complete portfolio of protein-packed brands to customers from one distribution center, while also improving team member safety and reducing our carbon footprint. It’s great news for our customers, our community, our team members, and our environment.”

NEW INDUSTRIES IRVING CONSUMER PRODUCTS Irving Tissue’s newest $470 million tissue plant is officially open in Macon-Bibb County, and it recently announced an additional $400 million investment. This brings its total private investment in MaconBibb County to $870 million. The expansion announcement was made at a ceremony held at the new plant by Irving Tissue President, Robert K. Irving. He was joined by Georgia Lieutenant-Governor Geoff Duncan, Macon Bibb-County Mayor Robert Reichert, MCBIA Chairman Robert Fountain, Jr., and other dignitaries to celebrate both the official opening of the plant and the major investment Irving Tissue made in the community. Irving Tissue’s new $470 million plant is located on Allen Road in the Sofkee Industrial Park and employs more than 200 people. It produces ultra-premium quality household paper products, including soft bath tissue and high-quality paper towels that are both strong and absorbent. The new second phase of the project represents an additional $400 million investment, adding another 150 jobs and will be completed by January 2022. The first phase of the expansion involved 1.5 million person-hours of work for contractors during construction, with over 1,000 people on-site at peak. Upwards of 50 Georgia companies were contracted during the build, with dozens more subcontracted. Phase Two of the project will begin immediately and is expected to involve approximately one million person-hours of work for contractors. Construction of the Macon plant doubled Irving Tissue’s annual ThruAir Dry capacity, increasing it by 75,000 tons, the equivalent of 15 million cases. Phase Two will increase that to a 30-million case capacity in Macon.


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EMBRAER AMAZON Amazon announced plans for a new fulfillment center in Macon, Georgia. This will be the online retailing giant’s fourth facility in Georgia. Since its official opening, the Macon location has created more than 1,500 new full-time jobs at the facility. The company currently has more than 3,000 fulltime employees at three Georgia fulfillment centers located in Braselton, Lithia Springs, and Union City. “Georgia continues to be a great place for Amazon to do business, and we look forward to adding a fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.

“Our new fulfillment center in Macon will create hundreds of full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits. We’re glad to be a part of the community and provide a positive economic impact for the region.” The 1,500 employees at the approximately onemillion-square-foot facility pick, pack, and ship largesized items for customers, including household furniture, sporting equipment, and gardening tools. These newly created jobs include warehouse, management, and supervisory positions.

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In 2018, the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government and MBCIA announced that Embraer will bring heavy maintenance operations for its commercial jet aircraft to one of the large hangars at Middle Georgia Regional Airport. The announcement took place at an Industrial Authority Board meeting. The company, which is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats, has committed to a three-year lease agreement with three one-year options. Embraer initially announced that they will employ 100+ people at the facility, with an estimated $4.5 million in payroll annually. Embraer has since announced in 2019 that it will hire an additional 100+, bringing the total new jobs to approximately 200. Additionally, they will be investing $1.6 million into the facility and operation.

We are delighted to welcome Embraer to Macon-Bibb County as our newest corporate partner, and we are excited for their recognition of what our airport, our location, and our community can offer to their growing company and workforce.

“We are proud to grow our Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) division, the world’s center of excellence for Embraer ERJ and E-Jet heavy maintenance and component repair, to Macon-Bibb County,” said Frank Stevens, Vice President of Global MRO Centers for Embraer Services & Support/TechCare. “EAMS exists to offer innovative services to Embraer’s family of customers, and after an exhaustive search, we believe Middle Georgia Regional Airport is the ideal location to continue that tradition in the U.S.” “We are delighted to welcome Embraer to Macon-Bibb County as our newest corporate partner, and we are excited for their recognition of what our airport, our location, and our community can offer to their growing company and workforce,” said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “Through consolidation, we have become a more attractive location for large industry, and as a result, we are seeing more jobs coming to the area.” “To have a company of Embraer’s quality and international reputation select Macon-Bibb and the Middle Georgia Regional Airport as its new site for heavy maintenance operations is a major win for our entire community,” said Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Chair Robby Fountain, Jr. “The Industrial Authority is proud to be a leader in bringing new industries to our Airport.” mbcia.com | 18

STEVENS AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE SYSTEMS In 2018, the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government and the MBCIA announced that Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems will bring its large cabin aircraft operations to the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. The initial announcement took place during a pre-commission meeting. The company will be opening a base of operations in a 48,000 square foot vacant facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. This partnership represents $1,000,000 in private investment and will create up to 150 new jobs with an average pay of $28 per hour. The company has committed to a three-year lease agreement with two five-year options. Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems is a leading aircraft maintenance provider based out of Greenville, South Carolina, with significant maintenance operations there, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio. Stevens also maintains thirteen satellite operations throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Neal McGrail, Stevens’ CFO said, “Stevens’ space requirements have surpassed the 200,000 square feet we occupy in Greenville. We were happy to find, in Macon, an excellent hangar with enough square footage in which to base our large cabin business. We anticipate growing a significant business at this location.”

DEAN BALDWIN PAINTING In 2019, the MBCIA announced that Dean Baldwin Painting Limited Partnership plans to invest $21,450,000 to build new, four-bay service hangars at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, creating 115 new jobs in Macon-Bibb County. The new facility will be approximately 127,000 square feet plus office, warehouse, and aircraft ramp space. The additional new facility is the result of Dean Baldwin Paintings’ focus to better serve its customers and the aviation industry by offering aircraft painting services in the Southeast.

“We are all very excited about this new location and the prospect of doing business in the aviationfriendly State of Georgia with its famous Southern hospitality; it’s a well-planned expansion for us,” said Dean Baldwin Painting CEO Barbara BaldwinMcNulty. “Not only does this new facility address our need for more capacity, but it also places us closer to potential and current customers in the Southeast.”

The new facility will be specially designed for aircraft painting services for military and commercial customers. In addition to the separate warehouse and administrative areas, the facility will have four full-service strip and paint bays. Three of the bays will be large enough to accommodate all narrow body aircraft and wide enough to accommodate the C130 aircraft. A fourth bay will be designed to service the larger C17 and the B767 aircraft. The new facility will bring approximately 115 new jobs to the area. Dean Baldwin Painting has a robust training program tailored to training unskilled workers who transition from other occupations. The training program has had proven successful over the years, having repeatedly taken qualified people who have not found a trade or do not hold a college degree and given them a recognized skill. Many of the top-level painters at Dean Baldwin Painting began their careers with no aircraft experience, and after training and job experience, are in leadership and supervisory positions earning upwards of $60,000 per year. The facilities are scheduled to paint its first aircrafts in the fall of 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems to Macon-Bibb County as one of our newest corporate partners. We look forward to working closely with Stevens Aerospace as they get connected into our community,” said MBCIA Executive Director Stephen Adams. “To have Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems select the Macon-Bibb County community as an additional base of operations is a major win for our entire community. The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority is proud to be a leader in bringing another new aerospace operation to our local airport,” said MBCIA Chairman Robert Fountain. 19

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AVIATION WORKFORCE TRAINING & SUSTAINMENT CENTER In 2019, the MBCIA, Robins Air Force Base (RAFB), and Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) embarked on an unparalleled partnership in 2019. Robby Fountain Jr., Chairman of the MBCIA, and leaders from Macon-Bibb County consolidated government affirmed their commitment to assuring a lasting pipeline into RAFB, the region’s largest employer. The former Boeing building is being leased for the new Aviation Workforce Training and Sustainment Center. This partnership is in response to the high demand for skilled aerospace workers and RAFB initiating its hiring campaign. They are to onboard 1,200 workers in areas such as aircraft structural, aviation maintenance, and other positions.

“The proposed partnership would create a first-of-its-kind colocation of an industrial workplace with a built-in education and training function,” said Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex Commander, Brig. Gen. John Kubinec. “Such a marriage would increase our local workforce of trained aircraft and industrial technicians and bolster our ability to meet manning requirements and manning increases in the very near term. It would also enable our complex to increase training opportunities for our existing workforce.”

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SUMMARY The Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority strives to provide the area with diverse industries bringing economic benefits, jobs, and improved quality of life for its residents and visitors. The Authority is proud to support a community like Macon-Bibb. As MBCIA reflects on the past year and looks to the future, the focus will remain on our ultimate goals for the community; job creation, job retention, business expansion, and improving quality of life.

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