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Mary Carr Mayle

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Savannah Stalwart: Roger Wood Foods

From humble beginnings in 1933, Roger Wood now sells more pounds of smoked sausage than anybody at the retail level in the southeastern United States. According to Nielsen and IRI, we have the No. 1 market share at retail in the southeast with our Original Lumberjack Smoked Sausage!

A fleet of early Roger Wood delivery trucks lined up at the plant (Photo courtesy Roger Wood Foods)

Savannah Stalwart: Russo's Seafood

Charles J. Russo Sr. and Antoinette Russo opened the business in 1946, according to Charles J. Russo Jr., who joined the family business after graduating from Benedictine Military School in 1961 and working briefly on a Salmon boat in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Charles Russo Jr. of Russo’s Seafood. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Portside: November container traffic up at GPA, wood-eating larvae intercepted

Fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority this week reported a nearly 6 percent increase in total container traffic for the month of November, with loaded containers – an indicator of overall economic strength – up 11 percent.

More than 300,000 container units moved through the Port of Savannah in November, an increase of almost 6 percent. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JCB gets $62 million contract for Army forklifts

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded JCB Inc. of Pooler a 10-year, $62.7 million contract for what the Army describes as “light capability rough terrain forklifts with ancillary equipment, operator and maintenance training and fielding services.”

Savannah Stalwart: Bernard Williams Insurance

We are most proud of the experience and professionalism of our employees. Our staff has over 600 years of combined training and experience. No other insurance agency in Savannah can claim that.

Alan Williams (Senior VP), R. Allen Williams (Senior VP), Dick Williams (C.E.O.), Rob Bowden (Senior VP), Robert Daniels (C.O.O.) Not pictured: Charles McCoy (Senior VP) (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: NLaws Produce

NLaws Produce is a foodservice distributor of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, dried fruits, spices and related items. We handle a complete line of products, and specialize in hard-to-get items. We offer the highest quality and service available with multiple daily deliveries.

Jay Epstein and Steve Kaplan, co-owners of NLaws in front of one of their trucks at their headquarters off of Hwy. 80. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Regional economy continues healthy expansion

There’s good news and not-so-good news for the region in Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, set for release Monday.

Portside: GPA employees bringing Santa to CASA kids

For the past 14 years, employees of Georgia Ports Authority have come together to make Christmas magical for children in the care of Court Appointed Special Advocates. This year was no different.

Members of the Pooler elementary School Chorus greet Santa on Wednesday at Georgia Ports Authority. (GPA photo)

Customs chief in town to talk trade

When the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection invites you to join him in Savannah to talk about issues important to your business and the Port of Savannah, it’s not an opportunity anyone would pass up, even if it means traveling all the way from Rhode Island.

Trade Center picks Atlanta firm to build Hutchinson hotel

The Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to begin working with Atlanta-based hotel developer Songy Highroads to design, build and operate a convention hotel on Hutchinson Island.

New federal water bill offers benefits for Georgia ports

Christmas has come early for Georgia’s ports with the passage of a new federal water resources bill that addresses funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — or SHEP — as well as harbor maintenance at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick. 

Ken Boyd named new executive director at CCDS

Ken Boyd has big plans for the Coastal Center for Developmental Services.


Portside: ILA, employers will meet informally in February for preliminary contract talks.

Representatives of both labor and management at ports along the East and Gulf coasts have indicated they will meet early next year for “informal talks” ahead of formal contract negotiations.

SBAC honors Back in the Day Bakery

Griffith and Cheryl Day opened the doors of their family bakery nearly 15 years ago, but it didn’t take Back in the Day Bakery much time at all to become a household name.

Air Canada to start Toronto-Savannah flights

Air Canada Airlines announced today that it will begin seasonal service to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport from Toronto Pearson International Airport on May 1.

Port of Savannah adds 4 cranes for loading giant cargo ships

Mother Nature left a lot of would-be crane watchers on River Street disappointed Sunday afternoon when the Dockwise barge Teal wasn’t able to come into port. But high winds and tall cranes are not a good mix — and wind gusts Sunday afternoon were clocked at almost 30 knots.

Boskalis vessel Teal transports four new ship-to-shore cranes up the Savannah River past historic River Street to Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

At Savannah Tech, high schoolers 'Move On When Ready'

High school students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 can get a jump start on college credits at Savannah Technical College through the school’s “Move On When Ready” program. The program is open to students currently enrolled in a Georgia public or private high school or home schooled. Tuition and books are covered at no charge, as are most fees.
Jasmine Miller, left, parent of a junior at Windsorw Forest High School, gets one-on-one help from Savannah Tech’s Melissa Gillenwater during Monday’s information session. Miller’s daughter, a junior at Windsor Forest High, hopes to start college classes in January. (Photo courtesy Savannah Technical College)

Super-sized cranes to arrive in port Sunday

Christmas is coming early for the Georgia Ports Authority – and we’re all invited to see it arrive.

Hurricane help is out there, but the deadline looms

In the wake of hurricanes and other physical disasters, the government entity almost always front and center is the Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA.

Savannah Tech, SEDA mending workforce problem with sewing

With all the high-tech courses available today, industrial sewing may seem a little old-fashioned. But it is an essential skill in demand by a number of local manufacturers. “It’s not a skill we see so much anymore,” said Andrew Barber, who with his wife, Ellen, owns Coastal Canvas.

Savannah Tech will offer industrial sewing course, at request of SEDA, to accommodate local manufacturers (Photo by Michael Zhang for Savannah Tech)