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SHORTTakes
Rest easy: Jefferson Energy Cooperative in
Wrens donated $10,000 to the North Jefferson
branch of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta
in September. The money, which came from
Operation Round Up funds, will be used to
purchase 40 beds for A Place to Dream, a
program that delivers beds to children in
low-income families. In Operation Round Up,
members opt to round their monthly bills to
the next dollar, and the difference goes into a
fund for charitable causes in the community.

Companies bring jobs,
investments to Georgia

T

Grass is greener: The vegetation
management team at North Georgia
EMC in Dalton is beginning a native
grassland right-of-way reclamation
project. The program will create habitat for native grasses and pollinators
beneath the co-op's power lines.

Keeping it clean: The Georgia Water Coalition recognized Walton Electric Membership
Corp. (EMC) in Monroe as one of its Clean 13
Water Heroes this year. The cooperative was
honored because its solar-power efforts save
the equivalent of 20,000 semitruck tankers full
of water every day.
Gaining energy: Gas South, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Cobb EMC in Marietta, will
acquire Florida-based Infinite Energy in a deal
announced in October. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is
expected to close by the end of the year.
Career education: Amicalola EMC in Jasper
donated $7,000 in Operation Round Up funds
to the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency
Services. The money will go toward the
department's Fire Explorer program, which
introduces teenagers to careers in the field.
Getting their wheels: Diverse Power in
LaGrange donated scooters and helmets
to help Ethel W. Kight Elementary School in
LaGrange recognize its PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) students. The
program aims to improve social, emotional
and academic outcomes for all students.
When students earn at least 100 points, they
enter a raffle drawing to win the scooters and
helmets.

COURTESY DIVERSE POWER

COURTESY NORTH GEORGIA EMC

he Community and Economic Development division of Tucker-based
Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) works with entities throughout
the state to attract new businesses and jobs to Georgia.
" The foundation of the Community and Economic Development team is
based on relationships, " said Bradley Harris, manager of economic development
for Georgia EMC. " We work hand in hand with national consultants, statewide
project managers and local economic developers. Our success is based on the
work of partnerships that we have been cultivating for years. "
Since March, even amid the pandemic, these efforts have yielded several
high-profile successes:
* In August, Zinus USA Inc., an e-commerce mattress and furniture company,
announced it would develop its first North American advanced manufacturing facility in McDonough. The project represents an investment of
$108 million and will bring 804 jobs to the area. Zinus began in Seoul,
South Korea, and now has operations in 20 countries worldwide. The
McDonough facility joins manufacturing facilities in China and Indonesia.
* Chinese flooring company Huali Floors will establish its first U.S. headquarters, which will create at least 315 jobs, at a site in Murray County in northwest Georgia. The company chose Georgia for its $27 million investment
partly because of the state's leadership in floor covering exports.
* Georgia-based Agile Cold Storage will build two new facilities in Cartersville
and Gainesville, which will create 170 jobs and represent an investment of
more than $60 million. The semi-automated freezer buildings will support
the state's poultry industry.
* HelloFresh, a German meal-delivery company, will open its first Southeastern distribution center near Newnan. The company will invest more than
$7 million in the project, which will involve the renovation of an existing
facility and the hiring of 750 workers.
* California-based Sugar Bowl Bakery, one of the largest minority-owned
bakeries in the country, is opening its East Coast hub in Tucker. The new
facility will create about 400 jobs and represent an investment of $37 million.
* Medline Industries Inc., the largest privately held manufacturer and
distributor of medical supplies, will invest more than $70 million to build a
distribution center in Richmond Hill that will create 150 jobs initially with
potential for more than 600 jobs as the company grows.
* GEDIA Automotive Group, an international company that produces state-ofthe-art automotive parts, will build an advanced manufacturing facility near
Dalton that will build parts for electric vehicles. The project represents an
investment of $85 million and will bring 200 jobs to the area.

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