Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 27, 2019

Nov. 27, 2019

Guidoni Group to Locate New Facility, Create 455 Jobs in Telfair Co.

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Guidoni Group – one of the leading producers and exporters of ornamental stones in the world – will locate a manufacturing facility in McRae-Helena, creating 455 jobs and investing $96 million in the project. Established in the city of São Domingos do Norte, state of Espírito Santo, Brazil more than three decades ago, Guidoni has pioneered an innovative method of extracting, cutting, and polishing natural stones.


Nov. 27, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Inspiritus

Candice Dyer reports, in Georgia, if your life has been upended by trauma or natural disaster in the past 25 years, you probably have received a helping hand from Inspiritus. That sweeping mission includes everyone from refugees to abused children, but much of the Atlanta-based nonprofit’s resources and focus are devoted to storm victims.


Nov. 27, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Watchdog group in first tussle over power rates

Matt Kempner reports that two Georgia nonprofits say they have teamed up to hold elected state regulators accountable for oversight of Georgia Power and the rates it charges consumers. But their press conference to announce the partnership was bumped by the commission they intend to watchdog.


Nov. 27, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Microsoft moving new jobs into Midtown as larger potential expansion looms

Douglas Sams reports that Microsoft Corp. is moving hundreds of jobs into Midtown, the latest sign the company may be preparing for an even larger expansion in Atlanta. The Redmond, Wash. software giant has taken all of the WeWork co-working space at 881 Peachtree, or about 40,000 square feet, according to multiple sources.


Nov. 27, 2019 GPB

Hurricanes And Tariffs Hit Georgia Pecans

Grant Blankenship reports that the end of the year outlook for Georgia’s main nut crop is mixed. And you can blame both the weather and Chinese tariffs. Southwest Georgia pecan growers are harvesting as little as 20% of their average crop this year thanks to Hurricane Michael, the storm that downed thousands of trees in 2018.


Nov. 27, 2019 Albany Herald

Georgia pecans enter Taiwanese markets

Staff reports that more than 51,000 pounds of Georgia pecans are headed to Taiwan and are expected to enter retail stores by mid-December. The pecan export purchased from a grower in Ocilla is a direct result of bilateral trade efforts between Georgia and Taiwan.


Nov. 27, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Power Doubles Down On $2.2 Billion Rate Hike Request

Emma Hurt reports that Georgia Power made a presentation before state regulators Monday, reiterating its argument for increasing power rates for customers. The company doubled down on an original request for about $2.2 billion more over three years, or roughly $10 more per typical residential customer per month after some pushback on the proposal from advocates, regulators’ staff and other interested parties.


Nov. 27, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Goodyear plant expected to occupy former Orchard Hills property

Clay Neely reports that a new Goodyear Tire and rubber distribution and warehouse facility is expected to bring up to 250 jobs to Coweta. Coweta County Development Authority President Trae Westmoreland said the company is consolidating facilities around the metro Atlanta area and will be locating at a 1.5 million square-foot. distribution and warehouse facility on the property of the former Orchard Hills Golf Course on Highway 16.


Nov. 27, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Rare right whale, possibly pregnant, spotted off Mayport

Mary Landers reports that before researchers even began their annual surveys here to identify endangered right whales ready to give birth in Georgia and Florida waters, recreational fishermen encountered a likely candidate off the coast of Mayport, Florida, over the weekend.  Action News Jax reported on Sunday that a group of fishermen spotted the whale about 6 miles off the coast of Mayport on their way to spearfish for lionfish.


Nov. 27, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

New industrial tenant in Effingham

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has announced the first tenant for its new industrial park near Rincon. A&R Logistics, a Louisville, Ky.-firm that transports plastic pellets to overseas markets, will lease 600,000 square feet in a building to be constructed by OmniTRAX. OmniTRAX, a transportation management company out of Denver, partnered with the IDA to develop the 2,700-acre industrial park on land that has been vacant for over a decade.


Nov. 27, 2019 Business of Home

Hellman-Chang just moved from Brooklyn to rural Georgia. Here’s why

Fred Nicolaus reports, as Ol’ Blue Eyes sang of his beloved New York: “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” Luxury furniture makers Hellman-Chang have been doing the former—now they’re trying the latter. Starting this month, co-founders Dan Hellman and Eric Chang are moving their business from a production facility in a hipstery corner of Brooklyn to a slightly less-cosmopolitan destination: Dawsonville, Georgia (population 3,000).


Nov. 27, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Rep. Jay Powell Dies After Collapsing At Lawmaker Retreat

Emma Hurt reports that the chairman of the powerful Georgia House Rules Committee has died after collapsing at a retreat for lawmakers. State Rep. Jay Powell died after collapsing at a Republican caucus leadership event Monday night at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, according to House Speaker David Ralston.


Nov. 27, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Ga. Rep. Jody Hice missed most closed-door impeachment depositions

Robin Bravender reports that Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice has railed against the closed-door impeachment proceedings led by U.S. House Democrats. In October, before a death in the family pulled him away from Washington, he joined his GOP colleagues in a press conference assailing what he called a “shroud of secrecy” surrounding the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.


Nov. 27, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In secretive trip, Georgia governor tried to sell Trump on Senate pick

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp embarked on a secretive trip to Washington with Kelly Loeffler, his favorite for a U.S. Senate opening, to try to win Donald Trump’s support after the president repeatedly pushed for another rival, according to several people with direct knowledge of the discussions.


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