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Acclaim Lighting Inc. purchases land in McDuffie for new site

An official with Acclaim Lighting, Inc., of Augusta announced plans Friday to build a new facility near Interstate 20 in McDuffie County.

Acclaim Lighting, Inc., purchased 19.4 acres in the North Industrial Park, off Cobbham Road to build a 65,000 square foot building, according to Bob Pentecost, president and chief executive officer.

Acclaim Lighting's new facility will be located adjacent to Advance Auto Parts Distribution Center. Acclaim Lighting is a commercial lighting distributor.

The new facility, which will be built by a Stone Mountain construction company, is expected to be completed within a year, Mr. Pentecost said. Future plans call for a possible expansion of the facility, which will employ between 12 and 15 persons initially.

Mr. Pentecost said he chose McDuffie County over land looked at in both Richmond and Columbia counties.

"The first and foremost reason was its ideal location to Interstate 20," Mr. Pentecost said. "Another reason was based on the reasonable tax and land costs, as well as the nice way we were treated by members of the county's industrial development authority."

Forward McDuffie Develop Authority Director Mike Carrington expressed pleasure in Acclaim Lighting Inc. coming to the county.

"We're very excited about the new industry coming here," Mr. Carrington said. "We hope we can develop a long relationship with each other. We also are hoping this is just the start of more positive economic news to come out of Thomson and McDuffie County."

Acclaim Lighting's new facility will be built by Pattillo Construction Company.

Currently based in Augusta, Acclaim Lighting is a four-year-old company.

Once the new company begins operations in McDuffie County, it will house lighting inventory for distribution throughout the southeastern part of the United States.

Web posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007

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