Another hi-tech project comes to Gateway park

T.I. Automotive broke ground in July 2004, followed by Fenner Dunlop in February 2007. Now a third industry is coming to the area and building a 30,000 square feet facility.

The Hart County Industrial Building Authority held a ground breaking ceremony for CD Controls, LLC, the newest industry, Aug. 4.

CD Controls is a commercial refrigeration and electrical contracting company, along with electrical manufacturing, said Ed Rios, one of three managing partners. The other two are John Stryker and Rick Donald.

CD Controls started four years ago, and was looking for a permanent home in a location to expand its electrical manufacturing component, Rios said.

The company is based in Georgia and Virginia. There are 40 people total that work for CD Controls.

Ten work with the electrical manufacturing operations, and the company is looking to expand that number to 25.

Rios, a resident of Hart County, said he started looking in the tri-county area for a location. Dwayne Dye, Hart County economic development director, did an excellent job of working through a few issues with us and creating a location," Rios said.

Construction will begin on the facility in eight weeks. Rios said the company hopes it will be completed by the end of this year.

City, county and state officials gathered for the ceremony.

"It's a great day to come out and make an announcement of this type," said Doug Cleveland, IBA chairman.

The Georgia base is looking to expand by moving to Gateway Industrial Park.

"We're extremely please with the support we're getting," Rios said."We're very excited about the county here and creating an opportunity."

County Commissioner Day Reyen welcomed the business to Hart County.

"We're looking forward to working with you,” he said. “We hope this is a long mutually cooperative (partnership)."

Mayor Matt Beasley also echoed Reyen's sentiments.

"We're glad to have you as part of the community," he said.

A new industry coming doesn't just happen by itself, Cleveland said. Several people and resources collaborate in brining new industries, and one person spearheads all the efforts: Dwayne Dye, economic development director.

"We cannot give Dwayne enough credit for what he has done for Hart County," he said.

By Antonia Robinson, Staff writer

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Posted on Wednesday August 06 2008

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