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Georgia pecan industry reeling from drop in production

Special to SEGAZINE

Increased rainfall in the summer opened the door to pecan scab disease and drastically lowered individual size and quantity of pecans produced in Georgia this year.
Source: Albany Herald

 Developer pulls out of downtown Canton building deal
Westbridge Partners, based in Atlanta, and Cherokee County have agreed to cancel the $1.8 million transaction because of delays in getting the building approved for historic preservation tax credits.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Green tea company spawned by Georgia Regents University
Camellix LLC began as a small company based on gum with green-tea antioxidants and now a number of products could be sold nationwide, as the company signed a deal with Cardinal Health that could provide access to 5,500 retailers.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

New Caterpillar plant in Bogart celebrates completion
The new factory — a $200 million investment in a million-square-foot plant that economic forecasters predict will have an annual impact in the billions of dollars — was lauded by politicians, including Gov. Nathan Deal, and Caterpillar officials alike.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Manufacturing plant explosion in Rockmart kills one woman
The explosion involving a boiler happened shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday at the Meggit Polymers and Composites plant and killed 56-year old Elaine Davidson.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

• Officials at Meggitt Polymers and Composites investigate explosion at Rockmart facility
Source: Rome News-Tribune 

Ocmulgee Traders could be open within three months in downtown Macon
The store’s location — in a revitalized building with dozens of lofts and a planned fitness center, steps from the corner of Poplar and Third streets — puts it within easy distance of workers and apartment dwellers.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Employment Law and Legislative Issues Update summit to be held in Macon on Monday
The event will feature a number of speakers including Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, a labor department employment and training consultant, an employment law attorney and a representative from Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Surya Rugs plans Bartow County project
When completed, the facility will be more than 1.28 million square feet under one roof.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

• Carpet manufacturer plans Bartow County facility
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News 

Georgia company recalls pet treats
Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Ga., said the recall involves packages of chicken treats.
Source: AccessNorthGa.com

• Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination
Source: Henry Daily Herald 

Rayonier celebrates $385 million expansion at Jesup mill
The conversion of the fluff pulp line allows company to produce more high-tech specialty fibers.
Source: Georgia Times-Union

$2 million Nike store opens in Atlanta’s Lenox Square
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Wal-Mart plans to build Georgia shoe plant in Hazelhurst
Officials say the facility will produce 20,000 pairs of shoes per day once it is at full capacity. Previously, the shoes were manufactured overseas.
Source: Anderson Independent-Mail/AP

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