Shaw Industries Group Inc., a Dalton, Ga., flooring company, will lease two buildings and be the anchor tenant an industrial park being built on Ga. 21 in south Effingham County, on the Chatham County border.
The company will create 50 new logistics and distribution jobs when the buildings in the Georgia International Trade Center (GITC) are finished, one late this year and the other in mid-2020.
The company has signed a lease for more than 1 million square feet in the two buildings, the Effingham Industrial Development Authority (IDA) announced Tuesday.
The $500 million industrial park will have up to 7.2 million square feet of light industrial and manufacturing warehouse space.
The development team includes Chesterfield, Stonemont Financial Group and Cushman & Wakefield/Gilbert & Ezelle. The park highlights include rail-service by CSX, direct access to Ga. 21, and multiple building options for potential users.
“Continually improving and expanding our logistics and distribution operations is a key component of ensuring we can deliver our broad portfolio of quality products in a timely manner,” said David Morgan, executive vice president of operations at Shaw Industries. “This state-of-the-art facility and site is an ideal location for Shaw to build upon our existing, robust distribution network.”
Troy Smith, chairman of the Effingham County IDA, said, “Shaw’s plans are a signal of the continued economic growth that our region is experiencing. The region’s talented workforce and vast infrastructure make Effingham County a prime location for companies like Shaw.”
Ground was broken in the park in late March. “Being the best-in-class operation that they are, they have truly validated our vision for the park,” said Chance Raehn of Chesterfield, who is heading up development of the park.
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