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Dec 19 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

Dec 19 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

Coastal Logistics Group of Savannah announced the arrival of the 500th rail car into its Sonny Perdue facility in Savannah this month. Rail service has only been in place for 8 months at CLG and the volumes are increasing daily, according to the company. CLG is owned by Chad Barrow, president and Richard Barrow, CEO. “There is still capacity to grow with existing infrastructure but with new customer’s coming on board each month, CLG anticipates adding a second rail spur to accommodate additional needs in 2012,” they state. Rail cargo remains strong throughout the Southeast.

 

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Phil Ivey, vice president for Georgia Power Co. told board members of the Georgia Department of Economic Development last week that they believe they are only weeks away from gaining permission to start to finish building the new nuclear power reactors at Waynesboro. GaDEC held its board meeting in Augusta, and then took a tour of Plant Vogtle. There are currently 1,800 people working on the new plant, which will eventually reach 3,500.

 

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Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire has used recent generous donations to help its Job Connections Center in Lyons, Georgia purchase a new SMART Board, creating the most modern classroom in the local Goodwill system. The interactive whiteboard helps improve learning outcomes by combining the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer. It allows the instructor to deliver dynamic lessons, write notes in digital ink, and save work - all with the simple touch of a finger, according to Jan L. Bass, Director of Marketing for Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc.’

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Liz Johnson of Statesboro has elected as a new member of the Democratic National Committee, representing Georgia. She is the owner of Brooke Insurance of Statesboro.

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Ford Motor Company and General Mills have awarded May Howard Elementary School in Savannah, Ga., with 10,000 Box Tops for Education® worth $1,000. Michael Offer, general manager of J.C. Lewis Ford, presented May Howard Elementary with the check for winning the Ford Drives Box Tops Sweepstakes, a two-month sweepstakes that aims to generate $1 million in support for schools throughout the U.S.

The $1,000 prize will support May Howard Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association in their effort to benefit their school. May Howard is one of eight schools across the nation that won 10,000 Box Tops. One grand prize national winner, which will be announced later this month, will win 250,000 Box Tops worth $25,000. Schools can use the money any way they choose.

“This is such a gift for our school and we are very thankful for the generosity of Ford and General Mills,” said Leah Colby, assistant principal at May Howard Elementary.

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The Savannah Downtown Business Association sponsored a toy drive over the past few weeks in order to bring Christmas to local children in need. The toys were presented on Saturday, and kids got an extra surprise when Santa made a special visit. “This will be the only gifts that some of these kids will receive this year. It’s important to give back this time of year,” said Ruel Joyner, president of the SDBA.

The SDBA would like to thank everyone who gave toys. Special thanks go to Shane’s Rib Shack for donating food for the event and Althea Street and Shante Brown for all of their hard work including wrapping all of the presents, according to Joyner.

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