A new era

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Wed­nes­day was the start of a new era of growth and pros­per­ity for New­ton County and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

More than 250 state dig­ni­taries and community lead­ers were on hand to wit­ness Bax­ter In­ter­na­tional CEO Robert l. Parkinson Jr. and Gov. Nathan Deal of­fi­cially break ground for what many busi­ness lead­ers be­lieve will be just the be­gin­ning of the growth of the med­i­cal in­dus­try in our area.

The Gover­nor said, “Bax­ter’s de­ci­sion to build a fa­cil­ity here is a wa­ter­shed event for the state,” and we might also add New­ton County.

Bax­ter is expected to em­ploy ap­prox­i­mately 1,500 em­ploy­ees when it’s fully op­er­a­tional in 2018.

Bax­ter’s de­ci­sion to lo­cate here, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cials, has gen­er­ated nu­mer­ous re­quests for in­for­ma­tion about our county from in­ter­ested busi­nesses. Stan­ton Springs, long en­vi­sioned as a home for in­dus­tries such as Bax­ter, will also in­clude a biotech train­ing cen­ter op­er­ated by the state.

Bax­ter’s CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr. stated in a few years, Bax­ter team mem­bers work­ing in this fa­cil­ity will pro­duce life­sav­ing med­i­cal treat­ments for pa­tients around the world.

We are proud that we will be the home of an in­dus­try that is so re­spon­si­ble for sav­ing lives.

We also our proud of lo­cal fa­cil­i­ta­tor Kay Lee and her group of more than 50 vol­un­teers who planned and ex­e­cuted a world class ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on a tight time­line and bud­get.

These lo­cal lead­ers and in­volved cit­i­zens pro­vided the de­sign, food, dec­o­ra­tions and lo­gis­tics for our vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries’ com­fort in the mid­dle of Ge­or­gia’s fa­mous Au­gust heat. Their tire­less ef­forts should make us all proud to call New­ton County our home.

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