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Mary Carr Mayle

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Gulfstream offering employee buy-outs

Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace has begun offering voluntary separation packages to U.S.-based employees working in support roles, a Gulfstream spokeswoman said Monday in response to an inquiry by the Savannah Morning News.

PortSide: Panama set to welcome a new era

History will be made in Panama Sunday when the first-ever Expanded Panama Canal is inaugurated. The COSCO Shipping “Panama” will transit through the new locks on this significant day, with the world as its audience.

Historic Armstrong House sold to hotelier

The historic Armstrong House, home for a nearly half-century to a storied Savannah law firm — and earlier to Armstrong Junior College — has been sold to hotelier Richard C. Kessler, owner of The Mansion on Forsyth Park, the Bohemian Hotel on the Savannah Riverfront and developer of Plant Riverside on West River Street.

Labor-management conference brings leaders to city

The 27th annual Georgia Labor Management Conference wrapped up three days of presentations and discussions Friday at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott.

Attendees listen to speakers at the 27th annual Georgia Labor Management Conference, held this week in Savannah. (Photo courtesy Georgia Labor Management Conference)

PORTSIDE: Jasper environmental review gets funding

The Board of Directors of the Jasper Ocean Terminal Joint Project Office approved its Fiscal Year 2017 budget Wednesday, funding what will begin the review process for the new port required under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.

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Savannah International Trade Center ends budget year better than expected

The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center is just a few weeks from closing the books on fiscal 2016, a year that is expected to surpass budgeted expectations by more than a half-million dollars, primarily due to food and beverage sales and ancillary revenues.

World Trade Center board gets update on foreign investment program

The Savannah World Trade Center for Investment is a joint operation of the World Trade Center Savannah and the Savannah Economic Development Authority, created for the purpose of supporting an EB-5 center here.

Barge delivers first cargo up Savannah River in 40 years

When a massive piece of equipment moved up the Savannah River to Augusta from Georgia Ports Authority’s Ocean Terminal recently, it marked the first time since the Carter Administration that cargo has been barged from Savannah to its old-time trading partner some 200 miles upriver.

A Stevens Towing tug and barge navigate the narrow Savannah River en route to Augusta. (Photo courtesy Stevens Towing)

Panama Canal gears up for big opening

The Panama Canal’s training vessel, the dry bulk carrier MN Baroque, transited the canal’s new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks Thursday, kicking off a series of events occurring in the run-up to the expanded Canal’s June 26 Inauguration.

A Malta flagged cargo ship named Baroque navigates the Agua Clara locks Thursday as the first test of the newly expanded Panama Canal in Agua Clara, Panama. The canal’s expansion project will be inaugurated on June 26. (Photos by Arnulfo Franco/The Associated Press)

In Savannah, big yellow JCB machines aren't just for export

If you’re noticing more and more of those big yellow – and green - JCB machinery units lined up at Georgia Ports’ Ocean Terminal, there’s a reason.

Bright yellow and green JCB machines are lined up at GPA's Ocean Terminal after being offloaded from the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vehicle carrier Tugela. The green machines are going to large machine rental companies. (Photo courtesy of JCB)

What will 2030 look like in Savannah?

Georgia is a great state in which to do business, but it can’t rest on its laurels, says the president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber.

Port Logistics Group grows services in Savannah

DY Port Logistics Group is a newcomer to Savannah, having entered the market last July. In fact, at only eight years old, the third-party logistics provider — or 3PL — is a relative newcomer to the national market as well.

Port Logistics Group is getting ready to move into this 315,000-square-foot building off Dean Forest Road. (Photo by Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Allegiant takes off for Lexington

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has launched its seventh direct route into Savannah, this one seasonal nonstop service from Lexington, Ky.

Sheltair expanding at airport

Sheltair Aviation, a fixed base operator that opened at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in 2009, is expanding with a 25,000-square-foot, $3.1 million state-of-the art hangar and office complex adjacent to its current building and the Gulfstream Service Center.

Georgia Film Academy coming to Savannah Technical College

If you’ve always wanted to be part of a film production, Savannah Technical College has your ticket. But you need to hurry, the show’s about to begin.

Crew members for the movie “Dirty Grandpa” move lighting equipment while filiming on Tybee Island in 2015. (Savannah Morning News file photos)

Gov. Deal cuts ribbon to open Jimmy DeLoach Connector

Gov. Nathan Deal cut the ribbon Friday to open the long-awaited Jimmy DeLoach Connector, completing the link between the Port of Savannah - the nation’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing container port - and Interstate 95, one of the busiest interstate highways in the country.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal helped open the Jimmy DeLoach Connector during a brief ceremony Friday morning. The road will provide links from U.S. 80 to Bourne Avenue, near the Georgia Ports Authority.

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)