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PortSide: Work continues on SHEP mitigation

Work is continuing on one of the most interesting and controversial pieces of the Savannah Harbor deepening project – the dissolved oxygen injection system that is designed to offset the decrease in river oxygen levels a deeper channel will bring.

Pete Rapp of Sitech Mid-Atlantic, explains the operation of a locating and positioning device to Will Patterson of TIC, during the installation of a coffer dam along the Savannah River. (Corps of Engineers photo)

Tax refund delays hit Citi Trend's Q1 bottom line

Citi Trends, the Savannah-based urban fashion giant, reported sales of $193.7 million for the 13-week quarter ending April 30, a 2.7 percent drop from the same quarter in 2015.

City to consider new SEDA-run film office

Savannah City Council on Thursday is expected to consider a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the city that would establish a Savannah Area Film Office to be run by SEDA.

Zac Efron is filmed riding a motorcycle around Forsyth Fountain as filming for the movie “Baywatch” began in the park earlier this year. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

GPA commits $7.5M to Jasper terminal

At Executive Director Curtis Foltz’s last board meeting Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority voted to spend $7.5 million in the next three years to get the long-proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal closer to reality. GPA’s commitment is contingent upon South Carolina doing the same.

The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal will add four new ship-to-shore cranes in 2016 and four in 2018 to bring the total to 30 ship-to-shore cranes. (Stephen B. Morton/GPA)

Georgia approves $7.5M for joint seaport with South Carolina

At Curtis Foltz’s last board meeting Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority voted to spend $7.5 million in the next three years to get the long-proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal off the wish list and closer to reality. GPA’s commitment is contingent upon South Carolina doing the same.

JCB reaching out, beefing up

JCB is expanding its agricultural reach on our continent as its state-of-the-art line of skid steer and compact track loaders — built exclusively at the company’s manufacturing plant here — are getting rave reviews with farmers, landscapers and others.

A compact skid steer loader moves hay bales on the farm (Photo courtesy JCB)

Direct to DC: American to begin daily flights to Washington-Reagan in fall

Passenger numbers are climbing at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and airlines are responding to meet the market demand.

American Airlines will begin daily nonstop service from Savannah to Washington National Airport in October. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Maritime community honors its own

It’s a springtime ritual repeated each May on Savannah’s riverfront and at ports around the country as Propeller Club members gather to celebrate National Maritime Day.

Lowcountry businesses react to new overtime law

Wednesday’s announcement by the White House that it will make massive changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act could prompt a huge shift in how Savannah area employers classify and pay their workers.

Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/25865372565/

Visit Savannah getting big bang for marketing bucks

If you could spend a dollar and get $188 back, you’d likely consider that a pretty good investment. So does Visit Savannah, the primary destination marketing organization for the Savannah-area tourism industry.

Johnny Harris to close May 28

The marquee under the Johnny Harris Restaurant sign Monday said it all. The iconic Savannah restaurant on Victory Drive will close its doors May 28, just eight years shy of its 100th birthday.

Area universities pour millions into region's economy

Economic development officials and others looking to bring new business to Savannah often tout the region’s rich mix of universities and colleges as one of its best assets. 

Logistics interns get a taste of maritime careers

The Maritime Logistics Education Taskforce — a program that started with a simple field trip in 2011 — held its fourth annual student intern completion ceremony Tuesday evening at Garden City’s City Hall.

Sean Czachowski of Effingham County High School accepts his certificate of completion of the Maritime Logistics Education Taskforce's internship program during their graduation Tuesday evening. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Trade center to begin talks with developers

With responses in hand from four “highly qualified” developers interested in building a new convention hotel on Hutchinson Island, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center board voted Wednesday to commission an update to the 2014 study that indicated the need for such a hotel.

SEDA announces business expansions

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the company announced a major expansion, investing $12 million in a new 200,000-square-foot building and adding another 30 jobs.

OnBrand24, a Boston-based call center that opened an office in Savannah in 2013 with eight employees, is growing into a larger space to accommodate a workforce that will grow to 200 this year. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Gulfstream has flat first quarter

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, reported first-quarter operating profits of $1.05 billion, up 2 percent over the same quarter last year.

Demand for Gulfstream Aerospace's flagship G650 business jet remains strong, with a minimum wait time of 24 months. (Gulfstream photo)

Taking the leap at Port City Logistics

Some 16 years ago — long before “third party logistics” became a common phrase in the shipping business — longtime Savannah friends Billy Robinson and Larry Hearn decided to take a chance and go into the warehousing business on the city’s west side.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Eric Howell, Robert Dowd, Billy Robinson, and Robbie Mingledorff stand in one of the Port City Logistic Warehouses.

Fertilizer plant a first for city, U.S.

With speeches, a lunch-and-learn and the snip of oversized scissors, Israeli-based Haifa Group commissioned a new state-of-the-art controlled release fertilizer plant Thursday — the global corporation’s first such facility in North America.

Haifa has a stringent quality control process that includes visual and lab testing at each stage of the manufacturing process. (Photos courtesy Haifa)

PortSide: More imports now shift to East Coast

CBRE Group Inc., one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms, has released its second annual North American Seaports and Logistics Index, and the news for Savannah is good.

Helping clients work smarter

Gratias is an organizational psychologist, dedicated to helping business people be more effective by making the best use of their time. On Tuesday, she addressed an overflow crowd of nearly 150 at the Savannah Chamber Small Business Council’s SMART luncheon.