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Mary Carr Mayle

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IKEA’s growth means more jobs for Savannah distribution center

Popular Scandinavian furniture retailer IKEA continues to expand its presence in the U.S. Southeast - a plan that bodes well for the Savannah area, even though its poplation isn’t large enough to support a store of its own.

First Chatham Bank posts better 2016

In a letter to shareholders this month, First Chatham Bank interim CEO Kenneth Farrell said the bank continued to improve its profitability and reduce non-performing assets in 2016.

IKEA’s growth means more jobs for Savannah distribution center

Popular Scandinavian furniture retailer IKEA continues to expand its presence in the U.S. Southeast — a plan that bodes well for the Savannah area, even if its population isn’t large enough to to have its own store.

This photo taken June 3, 2015, shows an IKEA store in Miami. (Associated Press)

PortSide: GPA marks busiest January on record

In a month that’s usually slower than most, the Georgia Ports Authority continued to move forward on all cylinders in January, recording double-digit growth across all business sectors, including a 26-percent increase in total tonnage.

The 10,000-plus TEU vessel MOL Benefactor is worked at GPA’s Garden City Terminal in July. Since then, the port has welcomed more than 30 megaships traveling through the newly expanded Panama Canal. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

LMI Aerospace merges with Sonaca Group; no change expected in company’s Savannah presence

Gulfstream supplier LMI Aerospace Inc., once a significant manufacturing presence in Savannah, announced last week that it has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a global aerostructures company headquartered in Gosselies, Belgium.

J. Truitt Eavenson takes reins of Georgia Power in Savannah

If the name of Georgia Power’s new vice president for the Coastal Region sounds familiar, it could be because he’s been here before.

International importer to invest $2 million, create 100-plus jobs in Sylvania

ELK Group International, a premier designer and importer of indoor and outdoor residential and commercial lighting fixtures and home decor, will create more than 100 jobs and invest $2 million in a distribution center in Screven County, the Georgia Department of Economic Development has announced.

An aerial view of the former Sylvania Yarn Systems building that is being renovated for ELK Group International in Screven County. (Photo courtesy Screven County Economic Development Authority)

New CCDS chief no stranger to agency that serves disabled

The board of the Coastal Center for Developmental Services didn’t have to look far when executive director Kathy Thomson announced she was retiring after 40 years.

PortSide: Georgia Ports, IKEA to preview electric trucks

The Georgia Ports Authority was going green long before it was cool — or required. So it only makes sense that the GPA — winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Clean Air Excellence award for its innovative programs converting diesel cranes to electric power — would welcome the opportunity to preview electric trucks for on-terminal use.

Starting next week, Los Angeles-based BYD America will bring its all-electric terminal tractor to Savannah for GPA and IKEA to test out. (Photo courtesy BYD)

World Trade Center Savannah celebrates regional effort in 2016

Licensed just a little more than 5 years ago, World Trade Center Savannah has already distinguished itself among the 300-plus WTC associations across the globe for its world-class services in helping area companies expand internationally as well as selling the region to foreign companies looking to invest.

Georgia Power exec moves, leaves community legacy

After nearly nine years at the helm of Georgia Power’s Coastal Region, Cathy Hill has taken on new responsibilities in Atlanta as vice president of the company’s statewide Land Department.

GPA hopes to use proven formula to grow Brunswick auto business

The Georgia Ports Authority has continued to grow its Garden City Terminal container business in large part by staying ahead of the capacity curve, ports Director Griff Lynch told industry leaders gathered on Sea Island on Monday for the first day of the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference.

World War II Liberty ship model installed at trade center

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center has amassed quite an impressive collection of models in its “Port of Savannah – Gateway to the World” exhibit of ocean-going vessels from the 20th century and beyond.

GPA sells 500 acres to help meet warehouse demand

SEA ISLAND - As container volumes at the Port of Savannah continue to expand, so does the demand for warehouse and distribution space around the country’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing port.

JCB’s Pooler plant builds on success for military equipment

Heavy equipment manufacturer JCB may have its roots in the United Kingdom, but two recent contracts make it bullish on the U.S. military.

JCB is modifying a model of its Loadall telescopic handler into a specialized light-capability, rough terrain forklift for the U.S. Army. (Photo courtesy of JCB)

Super Museum Sunday offers free chance to learn history of Georgia’s ports

One of the coolest things the Georgia Historical Society does every year is to open up the state’s historical homes, museums and sites to the public free of charge on the first Sunday of February.

Dust off those old dolls and toys - they could be worth a fortune

Think of it as Antique Roadshow meets vintage Barbie.

The Savannah Antique Toy and Doll Buying Show, here through Saturday, is looking for its next big find. (Supplied photo)

Local warehouse, distribution vacancy rate drops

Despite a flurry of building activity in the warehouse sector, the industrial vacancy rate for the Savannah market area continues to drop as Savannah’s port keeps growing faster than any other in the country.

This warehouse is under construction in Morgan Lakes Industrial Park on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)r

Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics reports strong 4Q numbers

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, on Friday reported fourth-quarter 2016 earnings per share of $2.62, a full 10 cents better than analysts’ expectations.

Career at Georgia Ports golden for Betty Ann Rappé

When her boss at the Georgia Ports Authority asked Betty Ann DiPietro Rappé if she wanted to transfer to the new container operations building under construction on the river, she said “Thanks, but no thanks.”