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Mary Carr Mayle

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Liberty County shines as economic development gem

When it comes to development authorities, Liberty County’s is far from the largest. But that fact hasn’t stopped it from being widely recognized as one of the best.

Elan Technology, headquartered in Liberty County, is Americas largest independent manufacturer of ceramic and electronic glass insulators used in the automotive, telecommunications, appliance, health, aerospace and defense industries. (Photo by Elan Technology)

Portside: A&R Logistics, Georgia Ports to partner on Savannah resin exports

A&R Logistics of Louisville, Ky., plans to open Savannah’s first export facility for plastic resins by the end of the year.

Ocean Terminal next to the Talmadge Bridge will be the location for a joint resin export operation by A&R Logistics and Georgia Ports (GPA Photo)

Safavieh’s $60 million Savannah expansion to create 200 new jobs

Another global company is betting on the growth of the Southeast — and Georgia’s ports in particular — for its future success.

Commissioners of Agriculture, Labor tour Savannah’s CCDS

Savannah’s Coastal Center for Developmental Services had an opportunity Tuesday to show off its award-winning employment programs for citizens with disabilities to two of the state’s top job providers.

Portside: More growth for port; ship apps let you watch

When Georgia Ports Authority Chairman Jimmy Allgood challenged GPA leadership to reach for a record 4 million TEUs in the coming year, he was talking about fiscal year 2018, which began July 1.

Georgia Logistics director Jannine Miller tapped for USDA position

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics is proving to be quite the career-maker, as yet another director is moving on to the national stage.

Veteran Savannah developer George Powers back in logistics business

There’s a new business taking shape at Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah River International Trade Park off Ga. 21.

As Savannah port grows, area industrial vacancy rates continue to shrink

Developers and logistics operators are scrambling to meet the demand for warehouse and distribution space to process and store the record amounts of cargo delivered daily to the Port of Savannah. The shortage of warehouse space is driving up rents and prompting much-needed speculative building.

Port of Brunswick another success story for Georgia Ports

For all the notoriety Savannah gets as the fourth largest and fastest growing container port in the country, we sometimes forget that Georgia Ports Authority has another impressive success some 100 miles down I-95.

GPA’s Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick is the second-busiest port in the country for roll-on/roll-off cargo. (GPA photo by Stephen B. Morton

Savannah business leader Bert Tenenbaum joins Jacksonville banking and advisory firm

Prominent Savannah business and community leader Bert Tenenbaum, whose family name is synonymous with steel in Savannah, has joined Jacksonville-based investment banking and financial advisory firm Heritage Capital Group as a principal.

STC students selected for culinary exchange in France

Five students from Savannah Technical College’s award-winning Culinary Institute have been selected to study in France this fall as part of an ongoing exchange program with the Academy of Toulouse.

STC Pastry students flex design chops with wedding cake final

Students in Savannah Technical College’s Baking and Pastry program had a tough final exam for their intensive, eight-week cake decorating course – design and decorate a three-tiered wedding cake that demonstrated at least seven of the 16 required decorating techniques they had learned.

Georgia Ports poised to grow with size of the container ships

After a record year, Georgia Ports Authority chairman Jimmy Allgood laid down a challenge to management.

The container ship MSC Chicago sails up river to the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Corps of Engineers finishes raised dike for dredge spoils

Although the physical evidence is often subtle, progress on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — or SHEP — continues at a steady pace, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has primary responsibility for the nearly $1 billion effort to deepen the Savannah River channel.

The raising of the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia, part of SHEP mitigation efforts, will be the subject of a program Wednesday night at 6:30 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. The program is free and open to the public. (Photo courtesy USACE)

Gulfstream parent says interest in business jets remains strong

Defense and aerospace giant General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) increased its earnings guidance for the year Wednesday as it reported a rise of nearly five percent in second quarter profits.

The Gulfstream G500, currently in flight test, is expected to earn certification in the fourth quarter of this year. (Gulfstream photo by Kathy Almand)

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center gets LEED Gold certification

The Savannah International Trade &Convention Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first convention center in Georgia to obtain gold level certification, according to trade center general manager Sherrie Spinks.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, located across the Savannah River from City Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Savannah Morning News file photo) The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, located across the Savannah River from City Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Georgia Ports caps record year with 17 percent container growth in June

Georgia Ports Authority continues to push the envelope at its Garden City container terminal, setting – and then breaking – records for containers moved.

J.T. Turner bankruptcy discharged, but criminal charges still possible

More than two years after he filed for bankruptcy protection, longtime Savannah construction company owner James T. “Jim” Turner has been granted a discharge of his debts by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Jim Turner, right, is the founder and president of JT Turner Construction Company while his son Tripp is the Chief Operating Officer. Tripp Turner is not included in the bankruptcy filings. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Portside: Ships get bigger, but moves become number to track

The Port of Savannah is handling much bigger ships these days, some with capacities of 13,000 TEUs or more. But the size of these vessels is only part of the story. Container exchanges — the number of boxes moved on and off a vessel — are experiencing exponential growth, even on what is now considered “mid-sized” vessels in the 8,000- and 9,000-TEU range.

The NYK Czech, a 9,000-TEU ship, called on Savannah Wednesday, delivering and taking on more than 5,200 containers, or roughly 9,300 TEUs. (Each TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot container, so a 40-foot container would be two TEUs.) That means the Czech delivered roughly half its cargo to Savannah and took on the same amount. (Photo courtesy GPA)

Industry experts talk trends, innovation at third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch

The business of transporting goods remains a hot topic in the city that boasts the area’s fourth-largest and fastest growing container port, and Wednesday’s third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch was an indicator of that interest.

The Logistics Industry Disruptors Panel consisted of, from left, Derek Banta, Stephanie Crowe, Nagi Gebraeel and Bob Robers and was held Wednesday at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)