Thomson Plastics, Inc., has reached an agreement with the Development Authority of Washington County to lease, with an option to purchase, the spec building located at 1000 George Lyons Parkway in Sandersville. The agreement was consummated on Nov. 17 and Thomson Plastics plans to be in operation in early January.
The negotiation was handled by Jerry Harrison, President/CEO of Thomson Plastics, Theo McDonald, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Hugh Tarbutton, Chairman of the Development Authority of Washington County.
Thomson Plastics, Inc. has been in business for more than 36 years and originated in Mississippi. The company located in Thomson in 1995 at the request of one of their major customers, Club Car, Inc. Thomson Plastics' business has grown significantly over the past 10 years and customers now include Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Trojan Battery and Dixie Narco. The facility in Thomson encompasses 15 acres, 135,000 square feet and 260 employees, operating on a 24/7 basis.
Thomson Plastics' business continues to grow, and it was necessary for them to establish another operation in the same general area. Thomson Plastics selected Sandersville due to the availability of the spec building in the new Industrial Park, the apparent quality and availability in the local workforce, the pro-business environment projected by the local government, access to Sandersville Tech, and having access to rail service.
Thomson Plastics, Inc. has been working with the Sandersville Railroad and B&H Transfer for over three years in the receipt of their various raw materials. Bulk hopper cars are shipped from Thomson Plastics' suppliers to the Sandersville Railroad holding yards until transferred to B&H Transfer bulk trucks and delivered to the operation in Thomson.
Mr. Harrison learned of the facility in Sandersville through Ben Tarbutton III, who successfully organized the meetings between the Development Authority of Washington County and the Management Team of Thomson Plastics.
According to Mr. Harrison, the Sandersville plant of Thomson Plastics expects to be in operation the early part of January and anticipates initial employment of 30-40 people with projected growth to approximately 75 people during the first two years. Thomson Plastics will be making an initial capital investment in this new operation of approximately $3 million in the first six months, growing to approximately $4.5 million over the ensuing 2-3 years. The Company will also be working closely with Sandersville Tech in various training programs, hiring and orientation of new employees, etc.