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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

Deal: EdenCrete to create more than 250 jobs in Augusta

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that EdenCrete Industries Inc. (ECI), a manufacturer of carbon nanotube enriched concrete solutions, will establish its global manufacturing headquarters operation in Augusta. This project represents the creation of more than 250 new jobs and an overall investment of $67 million in the local community.

“When global manufacturing companies like EdenCrete Industries Inc. choose to locate to Georgia, it is a testament to the international reputation of our top-ranked business climate,” said Deal. “I am confident ECI will benefit from our leading talent and robust industry network in order to find the support it needs to successfully serve its customers around the world. I am proud to welcome ECI to Georgia.”

ECI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian-based Eden Energy Limited. With this business venture, ECI will expand the manufacturing of its proprietary product, EdenCrete™, in the U.S.

“We selected Georgia, and in particular Augusta, to establish our global manufacturing base, not only because of the government’s great support for industry as is evidenced today and Georgia’s highly efficient transport access to the both the North American and international export markets, but also, because of the warmth of its people, the quality of its workforce and the attractive standard of living and opportunities that it offers our future employees,” said Greg Solomon, chairman of Eden Energy.

EdenCrete™ is ECI’s carbon-strengthened concrete additive which significantly improves a wide range of performance characteristics of concrete. The product is suitable for use in the construction and maintenance of concrete roads, bridges and other infrastructure networks.

“Augusta-Richmond County welcomes ECI to our continually growing business community,” said Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis. “Their innovative products and process is exactly the kind of company that finds the perfect location in Augusta.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has already approved the use of EdenCrete™ in its 24-hour highway concrete repair mix and plans a further field trial of EdenCrete™ for use in new concrete highway construction. EdenCrete™ also has the potential for use in other concrete applications including the construction of high-rise buildings, marine and coastal structures, water storage pipelines and pre-fabricated concrete structures and products.

“ECI combines a long-time manufacturing process with new age technology innovations, and we are proud to welcome them to the Augusta Corporate Park,” said Augusta Economic Development Authority Chairman Henry Ingram. “Walt Sprouse and Scott Poag worked with the company, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Augusta Utilities, Mayor Hardie Davis, the Augusta-Richmond County Commission and many others to make this day a reality.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) project manager David Dunagan represented Georgia throughout this project in partnership with the Augusta Economic Development Authority, Augusta-Richmond County Commission, City of Augusta, Augusta Utilities, GDOT and Cranston Engineering Group, P.C.

“We are excited that ECI chose Augusta to establish its global manufacturing headquarter operation, speaking to the strength and vitality of economic development in the region,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We believe they will find great success in our pro-business environment, and we look forward to working with our partners in Augusta to support them in future growth.”

About EdenCrete Industries Inc. (ECI)

ECI has been established to manufacture and market EdenCrete™, Eden’s proprietary carbon nanotube enriched concrete admixture that significantly improves many of the performance characteristics of concrete.

About Eden Energy Limited (Eden)

Eden focuses on clean and innovative technology, with operating subsidiaries in USA and India. Its main products are EdenCrete™, which is being trialed and marketed in the U.S., and OptiBlend™, a leading diesel/ natural gas dual fuel system.