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Georgia DOT Awards Second Continuous Flow Intersection and Safety Projects in North Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga., —The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 24 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $85,421,677. These projects were advertised in May, bids were received on June 16, and contracts were awarded on June 30 to the lowest qualified bidder.

This month the Department addresses off-system safety with 16 awards for signing and pavement marking upgrades at over 475 locations on local roads in communities throughout Georgia. The $7 million in funds associated with these awards are part of Georgia DOT’s FY 2017 Off-System Safety (OSS) Program, which focuses on low-cost safety improvements that are likely to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on “off-system” city and county routes.

“Fatalities on Georgia’s roads are up 33 percent in the last two years and over a third occur on local roads,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. said. “Reducing these fatalities requires a continued investment in safety enhancements. I am pleased that GDOT can assist local governments with funding for these critical projects through our Off-System Safety Program.”

An innovative continuous flow intersection (CFI)—Georgia’s second— is coming to Gwinnett County with intersection improvements on US 78/SR 10 at SR 124. The project will convert the existing signalized intersection to allow drivers to make left turns before the two roads cross. Relocating the left turn movement from the center of the intersection to the side reduces the potential for angle type crashes. In addition to reducing the frequency and severity of crashes, the CFI is expected to provide congestion relief and reduce travel delay.

The innovative CFI design saves taxpayer dollars and the capacity of this type of intersection rivals a full interstate-style interchange. The CFI also has a limited impact, as there are no ramps or overpasses constructed. Other CFIs are in development across Georgia.

The following projects centered around safety were also awarded to the northeast district.

  • Hall: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 7 locations.
  • Lumpkin: 4.88 miles of signing, pavement marking upgrades and shoulder rehabilitation on Old Dahlonega Hwy and Camp Wahsega Rd.

Elbert: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 32 locations.

Advanced Digital Cable to Create 65 Jobs, Invest $15 Million in Blairsville

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Advanced Digital Cable Inc. (ADC), a leading manufacturer of electronic and communication wire and cable, will create 65 jobs and invest $15 million in a Union County facility expansion. The new jobs will include positions in manufacturing and operations.

“Georgia continues to attract and retain prominent manufacturing companies such as ADC with our business-friendly climate,” said Deal. “ADC will continue to hire from Georgia’s deep talent pool while using our robust transportation infrastructure network to efficiently serve a growing customer base. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with ADC as the company invests and expands in Union County.”

ADC’s manufacturing facility in Blairsville currently employs 70 individuals. With this expansion, the company will add 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the existing facility.

“ADC is pleased to announce the expansion of our manufacturing facility in Union County,” said Steve Payne, president of ADC. “This expansion will enable ADC to better serve our customer base by giving us the capacity to increase the volume of our current product lines made in Blairsville. ADC expects to add 65 employees with this expansion and would like to express its appreciation to both the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Union County Development Authority for their assistance with this project.”

“We are excited about ADC’s expansion in Union County,” said Scott Carter, chairman of the Union County Development Authority. “ADC is an outstanding company and a great corporate citizen. We appreciate their continued investment in our community and the jobs they provide for our people.”

“I want to thank ADC for expanding in our community,” said Lamar Paris, sole commissioner of Union County. “We try to create a great environment for businesses to locate and grow and look forward to helping ADC continue to be successful here.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Tammy Caudell represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Union County Development Authority.

“We are extremely proud of our state’s robust advanced manufacturing industry,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “ADC is on an incredible path, and this expansion will not only bolster job opportunities in Union County, but will also allow the company to meet the demands of their customers.”

About Advanced Digital Cable Inc.

ADC was founded in 1997 and began making coaxial cable for the booming digital cable market. Since that time, ADC has grown to be a key manufacturer of not only coaxial cable but a wide range of cables for a variety of applications. The company now manufactures cables for the electronic, industrial, traffic, RF communications, irrigation and renewable energy markets. ADC proudly manufactures all of its cable in the U.S. and is committed to manufacturing and delivering quality products at competitive prices with unsurpassed service.

Deal: Starbucks to Expand Augusta Roasting Plant

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Starbucks Corp. will create 100 new jobs and invest $120 million in expanding the company’s coffee roasting facility in Augusta.

“As Georgia grows its reputation as the gateway to the Southeastern market, companies like Starbucks continue to strategically locate and expand operations here.” said Deal. “This decision to expand in Augusta reflects Georgia’s ability to retain dynamic companies and support industry leaders in long-term growth. With this facility expansion, Starbucks will continue to enjoy the benefits of manufacturing in the top state for business, while creating new jobs in the Augusta area, including additional opportunities for veterans. We value our continued relationship with Starbucks and look forward to the company’s continued success in Georgia.”

The new roasting operation will add 140,000 square feet onto the existing facility in the Augusta Corporate Park in Richmond County. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and is part of the company’s plan to create more than 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2021.

“The expansion will allow the plant to expand our production beyond soluble coffee, adding 6 new roasters for whole bean coffee,” said Tim Filipowski, director of the Starbucks Augusta Soluble Plant. “It’s also an opportunity for us to increase our contribution to the Augusta community, including many of the Veterans who work in our plant and contribute to the area. The Augusta community welcomed Starbucks with open arms and we are excited to expand the plant and invest in Augusta.”

Starbucks opened its Augusta plant in 2012, making it the company’s fifth manufacturing facility in the U.S. and the company’s first owned and operated facility in the world to produce soluble products, such as VIA® Ready Brew, ingredients for Frappuccino® and Starbucks ready-to-drink beverages. The facility prepares and packages ingredients and finished products for most of the company’s soluble-based beverages for all of North America and parts of Europe.

“It was a great privilege for Quick Start to provide customized workforce training for Starbucks during its startup in Augusta,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner for Economic Development Programs and director of Georgia Quick Start. “Today, it’s very rewarding and exciting to be able to again support Starbucks with training for this new expansion.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Regional Project Manager Adela Kelley represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Georgia Quick Start, GDEcD’s Workforce Division and the Augusta Economic Development Authority.

“When the Augusta Economic Development Authority recruited Starbucks to Augusta a few years ago, we set aside enough land in the Augusta Corporate Park for a future expansion,” said Augusta Economic Development Authority Executive Director Walt Sprouse. “Starbucks knows, first-hand, about the quality of the workforce in Augusta, and that played a big part in today’s announcement. We were honored to work with all the Starbucks officials to make this expansion a reality.”

“Starbucks has had a major impact on Georgia’s food processing sector since they located in Augusta in 2012,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “They have contributed greatly to the business climate of our state, and we look forward to their continued success.”

 About Starbucks Corporation

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality Arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. For more information, visit www.starbucks.com.