Aldi’s opens in LaGrange

Aldi’s opens in LaGrange
The store has few frills, but it is designed that way to keep the costs down. The store features a warehouse-style layout without shelving.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Lt. Gov. Cagle says Kia an example for other manufacturers
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle promised to be a “partner and friend” to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia on Wednesday, and officials with the manufacturer said they’d be needing a buddy in the capitol as the company continues to grow.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Medient Studios signs lease with Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
The company will build a movie production studio and entertainment complex on 1,600 acres.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chinese company to open North American headquarters in Effingham County
Gov. Deal announced that Hubei Zingfa Chemicals Group will open its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant in Effingham County, creating 50 jobs.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Unemployment in Athens falls to 6.9%
Source: Athens Banner-Herald


• Unemployment rates drop in Macon and Warner Robins
Source: Macon Telegraph 

• Unemployment still at 10% in much of Southeast Georgia
Source: Georgia Times-Union 

Steering committee for Confluence in Rome announced
Confluence, the innovation conference and program of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, announced on Thursday the steering committee for the February 20-21, 2014 event.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Plant Bowen’s April explosion blamed on human error
Crews have been able to restore one of the two units that were damaged when a planned maintenance shutdown went wrong at the Bartow County facility this past spring.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Delta warns that Obamacare will cost it $100 million in 2014
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Meritain seeks $431,000 from city of Augusta over bidding process
Meritain, a subsidiary of Aetna, filed a civil suit after the Augusta Commission voted to give Blue Cross Blue Shield the contract to oversee the city employees’ self-insured health insurance fund.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gwinnett Chamber’s Kaufman speaks at annual Expo and Job Fair
Describing his vision for “a vibrant and diverse community of tomorrow,” Kaufman said the county already is one of the most diverse in the nation. And as one of only eight counties in the country where black, Hispanic and Asian business ownership is higher than 9 percent.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission seeks concession vendors
Fnding the right concessions option for the airport’s new terminal building is becoming a priority.
Source: Albany Herald


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