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per year. Mur­ray County is a Tier 1 area, mean­ing spe­cial in­cen­tives are avail­able to job cre­ators who lo­cate there. More di­rect and eco­nom­i­cal ac­cess to the sec­ond busi­est port on the East Coast will make Mur­ray County more at­trac­tive to those in­volved in site se­lec­tion.

“The Ap­palachian Re­gional Port is a great ex­am­ple of how the GPA is in­vest­ing in ru­ral Ge­or­gia, and not for­get­ting how that can play into the grow­ing eco­nomic strength of the state,” Deal said.

Illya Copeland, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mur­ray County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Author­ity ( IDA), said the area of­fers prime lo­ca­tions for manufacturing and lo­gis­tics de­vel­op­ment near the in­land port. “Mur­ray County fea­tures 16 sites of­fer­ing more than 1,500 acres of de­vel­opable land, most of which can sup­port mul­ti­ple de­vel­op­ments,” Copeland said. “Of the 1,500 acres, 258 acres are rail- front prop­erty.”

He said the IDA bought a 382acre tract in Jan­uary, and is clos­ing on two port- re­lated projects in the park al­ready.

Other ben­e­fits of the Ap­palachian Re­gional Port in­clude:

- Sits on 42 acres ad­ja­cent to U. S. 411 and fea­tures easy ac­cess to In­ter­state 75.

- Will serve as a close, con­ve­nient and cost- ef­fec­tive source of empty con­tain­ers for man­u­fac­tur­ers across the re­gion, of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings on repo­si­tion­ing equip­ment for ex­ports.

- Of­fers gen­er­ous con­tainer stor­age terms: five days free stor­age for loaded con­tain­ers; 10- day free stor­age for emp­ties.

- Each round- trip con­tainer moved via the ARP off­sets 710 truck miles on Ge­or­gia high­ways. WHAT CUS­TOMERS ARE SAY­ING:

MO­HAWK FLOOR­ING - Steve Be­van, Di­rec­tor of Trans­porta­tion and Lo­gis­tics

“We plan on us­ing it as a cost­sav­ings ini­tia­tive for Mo­hawk. In­stead of truck­ing from Sa­van­nah to North Ge­or­gia, we’ll pick up the con­tain­ers in Chatsworth at the ARP, and truck it from there to our lo­ca­tions. We’re go­ing to use it as much as we can. It’s a sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings for us.”

THOMPSON AP­PALACHIAN HARD­WOODS - Claire Getty, Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer

“With the Ap­palachian Re­gional Port, we will be able to source the empty con­tain­ers. Also, it’s the same dis­tance from us by truck, but it is closer to the Port of Sa­van­nah than Nashville. Cut­ting that much rail off and keep­ing the same drayage, we see it as a win. We see it as an op­por­tu­nity to move as much as we can through the Ap­palachian Re­gional Port.”

THE AT­LAS GROUP - Kevin McKone, Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales and Mar­ket­ing

“We’re ex­cited it’s com­ing to the com­mu­nity. I think it will shorten the time it takes to get the con­tainer in the door, open it up and start sell­ing it.”


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