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News and Awards

NEW: Hart County was recently selected by Progressive Farmer Magazine as 15th best rural community in which to live in their February edition.

Economic Development Announcements:

Hart County one of Georgia's First Certified Work Ready Communities of Excellence:
– Governor Sonny Perdue today announced five new Certified Work Ready Communities, a designation showing the county has the skilled workforce that business demands and the educational infrastructure to drive economic growth and prosperity. Read more >

Another hi-tech project comes to Gateway park:
Industries keep rolling into the Gateway Industrial 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. Read more >

Attracting new industry while honoring rural roots:
Even when you’re tucked away in the scenic hill country of Northeast Georgia amid verdant forests and crystal clear waters, you can’t ignore the rest of the world. Hart County has learned that lesson the hard way over the past few years. Once a stronghold of the textile industry, the region has seen large employers shut down and head to lower wage countries. Although it’s a process that started decades ago, each new closure brings fresh pain to communities. Read more >

Pennsylvania manufacturer moves Alabama plant to Hart County as seen in the Hartwell Sun:
Flashes of gold in the morning sunshine are becoming common in Hart County as more industries move in to replace textile giants. Aug. 6, the scene was repeated in the Highway 29 Industrial Park across from the new Country Boy Meat Stix plant. This time the golden shovels ceremoniously tossed dirt for Milbro Refractories Inc., a Pennsylvania manufacturer. The company is moving its Alabama plant to Hart County. Read more >

Georgia Acquisition Makes Healthcare Company a World Leader:
September 28, 2005 - Pharma Tech Industries (PTI) has acquired a manufacturing facility in Royston, Georgia from the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. With the acquisition of the Royston facility, Pharma Tech, already the nation's leading manufacturer of topical powders, will be the top producer worldwide. Read more >

More Jobs for Hart County, as seen in the Hartwell Sun:
The company announced on Aug. 13 its Royston plant will manufacture and supply the Efferdent line of denture cleaning products for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos. of Skillman, N.J. said Lee Dickinson, PTI vice president and general manager. The initial term of the contact is five years and will add the new jobs over the next six months. Read more >

Fenner Dunlop Announcement:
Hart County had a ground breaking February 26, 2007 for a new manufacturer that will bring 140 new jobs to Hart County, investing about $50,000,000 and building a 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility at the first I-85 Georgia exit in Hart County. This is the second industry in the past two years to be placed in our 150 acre gateway industrial park. This new plant will manufacture material conveyance components primarily conveyor belts. Read more >

Hart County Entrepreneur Friendly:
Hart County is state's newest designated "Entrepreneur Friendly" community. Statewide program helps foster current and potential small businesses. Hart County has joined the state's rank of "Entrepreneur Friendly" communities, an official designation indicating the community is developing an environment conductive to small business and entrepreneurs. Read more >

Officials help formally open Franklin-Hart County Airport runway extension:
CANON — Gov. Sonny Perdue and a host of local leaders officially opened a new runway extension at the Franklin-Hart County Airport on Wednesday. The airport’s main runway was lengthened to 5,000 feet from 3,500 feet, making it long enough to accommodate most corporate jets. Read more >