Local and visiting dignitaries were on hand last Thursday morning for the official groundbreaking ceremonies of a new 25,000 square foot medical firm that will be built in the Mount Pleasant Industrial Park in Thomson later this year.
"This is a day that we've been looking forward to for a long time," said Mike Carrington, director of the McDuffie County Industrial Development Authority, in reference to Reliant Medical Services Inc. expanding their Florida operations here. "We're very excited about them coming and the number of very good paying jobs they will create for this area."
Reliant Medical Services, Inc., which plans to hire 50 employees for their Thomson operations over the next two to three years, has international ties to India and China. The firm's president and chief executive officer, Anwar M. Mithavayani announced during the groundbreaking ceremonies that he plans to create that part of the industrial park into a medical industrial park.
Already, talks are underway with at least two other interested medical firms, who have expressed the possibility of settling in Thomson, Mr. Mithavayani said.
"We look forward to some great things from Reliant Medical Services, Inc." Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry said. "Today, we start building for the future."
McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said on behalf of fellow county commissioners that he welcomes Reliant Medical Services, Inc. to McDuffie County.
"It's great for any county that can attract a major firm," Mr. Newton said. "We look forward to a long lasting business relationship with the people of Reliant Medical Services, Inc. This is great news for our county's economic growth."
Riley Stamey, chairman of the McDuffie County Industrial Development Authority, said a lot of hard work had gone on behind the scenes to make the groundbreaking a reality and that he sincerely appreciated everybody who had a hand in making that happen.
"It's a great day for Reliant Medical Services, Inc." Mr. Stamey said. "And it's a great day for our community. Anytime you can cut a ribbon or turn a shovel of dirt, it's a great day. We look forward to a very, very long relationship with Reliant Medical Services, Inc."
Mr. Mithavavani said he is pleased to be expanding his operation into McDuffie County. He also publicly praised two existing businessmen and personal friends of his in Thomson - Rick Player and Mark Peters - both of whom are executives with Medical Imaging Technologies (MIT).
"Rick and Mark told me all about Thomson and the values of the people in this community," Mr. Mithavavani said, noting that they also arranged a meeting between him and Mr. Carrington. "Rick and Mark spoke so highly of Thomson. And Mike was so helpful to me in getting everything started. Kudos to Mike Carrington for his efforts."
"We are excited about being here in Thomson," Mr. Mithavavani said, noting that he envisions his firm's move here as an opportunity to develop the existing industrial park into a medical industrial park.
Another big reason for deciding to expand to Georgia was the fact that local government leaders were willing to work with him, he pointed out.
"It was the personal touch that I received from everybody I spoke to," Mr. Mithavavani said, while being interviewed by The McDuffie Mirror. "I could tell those people were really involved in the community, because they were so flexible. They listened. And they understand what it takes for a business to grow. They have an excellent understanding of what smaller companies needs are."