Georgia Trend Daily – April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Plastics Express bringing jobs, port business to Pooler

DeAnn Komanecky reports that a California-based plastics resin company is bringing close to 200 jobs to Pooler, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday. Plastic Express will be located in the Pooler Logistics Center, Kemp said in his announcement made on the Garden City Terminal docks of the Georgia Port Authority.

 

April 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Chatham County | Savannah: Old Meets New

Lori Johnston reports that the Plant Riverside District in Savannah includes the adaptive reuse of a dormant power plant and new buildings with a total of 419 hotel rooms, ballrooms and meeting spaces, a concert venue, retail and restaurants, and a 488-car parking deck. The project is expected to create 700 jobs.

 

April 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson project costs soar $640 million higher

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that construction projects to modernize and expand Hartsfield-Jackson International will cost $640 million more than anticipated, and airport officials are seeking Atlanta City Council approval to apply for additional federal funding. The cost of renovations to the domestic terminal facade, construction of pedestrian bridges from the parking decks and relocation of flight information displays will go up by $275 million.

 

April 25, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Battery maker Exide Technologies closing its Columbus plant, affecting 251

Jessica Saunders reports that Milton, Ga.-based battery manufacturer Exide Technologies is closing its plant in Columbus, Ga., affecting 251 people. Exide filed a federally required notice of the action, which was effective March 1, with the Georgia Department of Labor.

 

April 25, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Shaw Industries’ Chatsworth plant closing affects 260 workers

Shaw Industries is closing a yarn plant in Chatsworth, potentially laying off 260 workers, according to a company press release. The Dalton-based floorcovering manufacturer expects to close Plant 84 at 616 Duvall Road by June. In the release, Shaw said the company “plans to shift production from its twist and heatset yarn facility in Chatsworth, Georgia, to facilities with a broader range of capabilities that perform similar operations.”

 

April 25, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Morehead: UGA’s lowest-paid to earn more

Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said Wednesday the university intends to raise the beginning pay rate for its lowest-paid employees to $25,175. That’s an increase of $675 over the starting rate this year of $24,500, about 2.8 percent.

 

April 25, 2019 Metro Atlanta CEO

Equifax Acquires PayNet to Help Expand Access to Capital for Small and Mid-sized Businesses

Staff reports that Equifax Inc., a global data, analytics and technology company has acquired PayNet, a company that provides commercial credit risk underwriting and management solutions to online and alternative finance lenders, and commercial finance and leasing companies in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

 

April 25, 2019 University of Georgia

ABC’s Deborah Roberts pledges $100K to UGA for scholarship

Clarke Schwabe reports that award-winning correspondent and University of Georgia alumna Deborah Roberts has committed $100,000, matched by the UGA Foundation, to establish a need-based scholarship through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program. Roberts’ scholarship will provide aid to graduates of Perry High School, which she attended, as well as other high schools in middle Georgia.

 

April 25, 2019 Brunswick News

Big sea turtle nesting season expected

Wes Wolfe reports that one of the successes of environmental conservation in Coastal Georgia is the rebounding of the sea turtle population, as measured by the number of nests laid along the state’s barrier islands. Statistics presented Tuesday at a sea turtle conservation workshop indicate this year could be the largest on record.

 

April 25, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Teacher pay raises a good start but there’s still more to do, Kemp says in Macon

Governor Brian Kemp met with Middle Georgia school district leaders for an education roundtable as part of a statewide tour marking his first 100 days in office. The governor and school officials discussed a range of topics that included teacher morale, pay raises and dual enrollment programs during Wednesday’s meeting at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

 

April 25, 2019 Georgia Health News

Trump headlines emotional Atlanta summit on opioid crisis

Andy Miller reports that President Trump told a drug abuse summit Wednesday in Atlanta that he and his administration will “never stop until our job is done’’ in solving the nation’s opioid crisis. Trump called the opioid epidemic a “terrible menace’’ and highlighted steps that his administration has taken in battling the problem.

 

April 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: In Georgia, Gen X & Co. fueled 2018 election results

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that the U.S. Census Bureau released national data on Tuesday that helps explain what it called “the historic 11 percentage point increase from the last midterm election in 2014.” Nationally, 37% of those between the ages of 25 to 34 voted last November. In Georgia, the figure was 43%.

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