New industry headed for Swainsboro
by Emanuel County Live | August 31, 2005 12:00 am
Charles Schwabe, chairman of the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Joint Development Authority has announced that a new employer is moving to Swainsboro. The company will be moving their assembly plant and distribution warehouse operations to a building owned by the JDA at 412 East Main Street, Swainsboro, known as the Garrett building. The firm plans to renovate and improve the existing sixty-two thousand square foot building as well as build a forty-thousand square foot addition to the facility. They hope to be in operation by the first of next year. (The name of the company is currently withheld to allow its owners to inform their employees personally.)
“The business has evolved over three generations, and what began as a small family business has now become a global enterprise with sales to major retailers throughout the U.S and imports from many countries,”said Andy Riley, president of the JDA. “Some of their long-established customers are Kirkland’s, T.J. Max, Marshall’s, Ross, Tuesday Morning, and the Bombay Trading Company. Their headquarters and showroom are on 5th Avenue, in New York. Their other offices are in New Delhi India, Hong Kong, and Dallas, Texas; a new showroom is opening soon in Atlanta. The company’s manufacturing and warehousing functions are currently done in New Jersey. The New Jersey plant will be closed and its operations are to be moved to Swainsboro.
“The company is also moving their order fulfillment business, where they warehouse and ship for various book publishing companies,” said Riley. “Within 24 months, they will employ about 70 people. The operation will also include assembly work for some of their products along with warehousing, packing and shipping goods. Their main product lines include home furnishings such as drapes, decorative and specialty pillows, table runners, comforters, towels, throws, dog beds, as well as giftware, some furniture items along with a large assortment of home décor items.”
“The company also intends to locate a cut-andsew operation here in the near future in which they hope to employ an additional 200 people,” Riley added. “The Development Authority obtained a grant from the One Georgia Edge fund to help win this project for Swainsboro. We were able to get this grant, with the help of Senator Jack Hill and Rep. Butch Parrish, and it enabled us to compete with North Carolina which was the company’s other location choice.”