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April 22 - The Ford Plantation’s Fish with Friends Event to Benefit Bryan County Schools’ Special Needs Students

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 22, 2019 - Each year since 2005, The Ford Plantation (TFP) has hosted special needs students from across Bryan County at an annual Fish with Friends event.  Each student, accompanied by his/her family member, is paired with a TFP volunteer. With the assistance of fishing guides, the children enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing. Afterwards, students and families join the volunteer members and Bryan County school representatives for a lunch and trophy presentation. Each student receives a fishing rod, T-shirt, hat and trophy to remember the day.

This year, Fish with Friends will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

“This event is a chance for us to give back to our amazing community and to connect with some terrific young people and their families,” says Lila Scott, one of the event’s founders and organizers along with her husband Jeff and friends and co-founders Ben and Susie MacMillan.

The families of the children, members of the Bryan County School system, and many volunteer members of The Ford Plantation gather to host 20–40 students ages five to 12. It is not unusual for volunteer members to forge meaningful relationships with the children and their families that can continue long after their Fish with Friends experience.

“Fish with Friends is always a good way to connect with people through a common interest,” says organizer and volunteer Jeffrey Scott.

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April 19 - New self-storage facility opens on East Victory Drive in Savannah

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 19, 2019 - JLL’s Project and Development Services (PDS) team recently announced the completion of a new 651-unit self-storage facility just outside of downtown Savannah.

Located at 2201 East Victory Drive and professionally managed by CubeSmart, the multi-story, climate-controlled development is now open and features an easily accessible location convenient to Savannah, Thunderbolt, Wilmington Island and Tybee Island as well the nearby Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah State University and the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University.

The facility includes climate-controlled units ranging in size from 25 square feet to 300 square feet. Select units have been fitted with the nokē Smart Entry System, a wireless, cloud-based digital key management solution that allows tenants entry using only a smartphone. The Smart Entry System also allows each tenant to easily authorize or restrict access and track activity.

The self-storage facility also offers elevator access, 24-hour video recording and bright lighting. For more information, visit https://www.cubesmart.com/georgia-self-storage/savannah-self-storage/3860.html.

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April 16 - Sulfur Studios' ON::VIEW Artist-In-Residency Now Accepting Proposals

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 16, 2019 - Sulfur Studios is now accepting proposals for the summer and early fall of 2019 for the ON::VIEW Artist Residency. Proposals are due by May 24, 2019.

The ON::VIEW Artist Residency was established to bolster their ongoing mission to provide a vibrant and supportive home for Savannah's creative community. The residency provides free, high-visibility studio space to artists to complete a 4-week, site-specific project that engages the community. Residents are encouraged to meet the public and share their practice during special events and studio visits, and to utilize the large windows facing Bull Street to incite the curiosity of people as they pass by at any time of day or night.

New this session, one resident will be selected to receive a $500 stipend to be used for travel, lodging and/or materials. This stipend is made possible through the support of Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. 

For more information, including the full application, visit http://sulfurstudios.org/onview-residency-app/.

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FEATURE - Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 18, 2019 - Savannah-based commercial construction firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group recently held groundbreaking ceremonies in Garden City for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse/office building for Roush’s Delivery Service.

The groundbreaking took place at the construction site, Lot 6 West Chatham Business Park in Garden City.

Roush’s Delivery Service, founded in 1973, provides expedited less-than-truckload (LTL) and logistics services. Mike Roush is president of the family-owned firm, and Mike Roush Jr. is its general manager. The company experienced a 400% growth over the past four years, thus demanding physical expansion.

“We have to adapt as our clients’ needs change,” said Mike Roush. “Most of our customers now need project-based work, and our new site will equip us to meet those needs in the most effective manner. Yes, we have grown tremendously, but the reason for this expansion is also to better serve our clients.”

The pre-engineered metal building will include 3,500 square feet of heated and cooled office space. The building is dock-high all the way around, and the office portion will be configured as two stories. Translucent light panels along the front and rear will allow natural light into the warehouse. 12 overhead garage doors that vary in size with edge or pit levelers will accommodate most any truck and its load. There is also a concrete ramp into the building from parking level as another means of access for receiving or delivering goods.

“Mike and I were buddies in grade school and high school,” Chris Tilton, one of the principals at Dewitt Tilton, said of the younger Roush. “Who would have thought, back when we were at Benedictine, that we would one day be working together on a $2 million construction project? We appreciate all of our clients, but it is really fun to work with old friends.”

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April 11 - Sunshine Fitness Acquires 13 Additional Planet Fitness Clubs Across the Southeast US

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 11, 2019 - Sunshine Fitness Growth Holdings, LLC, a leading owner and operator of Planet Fitness clubs in the Southeast United States backed by TSG Consumer Partners, recently announced its acquisition of 13 additional Planet Fitness clubs in South Carolina and Georgia from Anchor Fitness LLC. With this acquisition, Sunshine Fitness now operates 80 clubs across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional new club members and employees into the Sunshine Fitness family,” said Shane McGuiness, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sunshine Fitness. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to provide an affordable and non-intimidating fitness experience to even more members, and even greater growth opportunities for our employees.”

The addition of these 13 new clubs represents Sunshine Fitness’ third acquisition in the last 12 months. During this time, Sunshine Fitness has been one of the fastest growing Planet Fitness franchisees in the U.S. through the development of its strong club base in the Southeast and is well positioned to accelerate future new club growth.

For more information, or to join online, please visit www.PlanetFitness.com or follow on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PlanetFitness) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/PlanetFitness).

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