Plant that reduces tires to original components opens in Nahunta

NAHUNTA, GA. | Although he was speaking in his native Italian to an American audience, one of inventor Domenico Tanfoglio’s words needed no translation as he spoke Tuesday at the opening of a $5 million plant in Nahunta. The word “problema” was likely understood as the reason Cox Enterprises built the Golden Isles Conservation Center to use Tanfoglio’s technology to reduce 80,000 tires a year into their original, marketable components. “I wanted to find a way to turn wastes into a positive,” according to his speech translated by an interpreter. He said the Cox family is known for doing the right thing for the environment. “Today is a dream for me,” he said. The plant will process the scraps of 480 tires per day, heating them to about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to break them down. Every 450 pounds of scraps will produce about 150 pounds of oil, 150 pounds of carbon black, 100 pounds of gas and 31 pounds of steel, officials said. The plant will also burn some wood, but that is mostly to get the process started. Once gas begins cooking off, it will be used to fuel the furnaces that heat the tires in oxygen-free chambers so they don’t ignite. Cox Chief Operating Officer Alex Taylor said the company, which began as a newspaper company in 1898, is passionate about the environment. “We love trying new things and investing in the future,” he said. Taylor, who chairs the board of American Rivers, said he likes to be outdoors. “I come across tires all the time, out in the rivers and out in the woods,” he said. Taylor said he understands why because there’s not much people can do with old tires except pay someone to dispose of them. “Let’s hope this turns into something big and exciting,” he said. He noted earlier that Cox is still a media and telecommunications company but said it has branched out into other things. Company spokeswoman Elizabeth Olmstead said the company, which has $20 billion in revenue, has expanded into the auto industry with its ownership of Kelley Blue Book, Auto Trader and vehicle auctions around the world. The Golden Isles Conservation Center is the result of the company’s examination of the effect its businesses...

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Brantley County Blueberries is a new packaging facility connected with MBG

Approximately 50 family members and friends were on hand Friday afternoon as Brantley County’s newest business held its grand opening. Brantley County Blueberries, an 8,125-square foot cooler packaging facility in the Industrial Park, is owned and operated by blueberry farmers Jonathan Reed and Jeremy Crews. Brantley County Blueberries will be connected with Michigan Blueberry Growers (MBG). “We’re going to be packaging fresh blueberries,” said Reed. “We’re connected with MBG and we will employee about 20-25 workers. We’ve already packaged about 4,000 pounds in the first couple of days.” Reed said he hopes the facility will package close to a half-million pounds in blueberries this year. Brantley County Blueberries will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. There are 25 blueberry growers in Brantley County, according to Reed, cultivating between 550-600 acres of the juicy fruit. “We’ll be going strong when the Rabbiteyes start coming in,” said Reed. “Right now we’re getting a few southern highbush.” Early season southern highbush will ripen 2-3 weeks before early rabbiteyes, and mid-season varieties will ripen 8-12 days before early rabbiteyes. The rabbiteye blueberry is native to south Georgia. Rabbiteye cultivars ripen from late May through late July “We are proud of the local support,” Brantley County Development Authority Executive Director Dr. Richard Thornton stated. “This is a business that will add to our tax base.” Guests were served hamburgers and hotdogs during the festive occasion. Sheriff candidate Robert Thomas, a blueberry farmer, worked the grill. Contractor Stanley Dowling, a candidate for Chief Magistrate, built the facility. “From start to finish it took about 45 days,” said Dowling. “We did all the iron work and put the metal on.” MBG is headquartered in Grand Junction, Mich. The cooperative owns and operates state-of-the-art blueberry receiving, pre-cooling, and distribution facilities in Alma, Ga. and Grand Junction. With a production base of over 300 growers, MBG is the largest grower-owned marketer of fresh and value-added processed cultivated blueberries in the world. MBG Marketing, along with its grower-owners, is actively directing and benefiting from Naturipe Farms’ “Win Every Day” berry marketing strategy. Naturipe is the world’s leading marketer of top-quality fresh and value-added processed berries, with significant business relationships with all top-tier customers of blueberries. By RICK HEAD Publisher...

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Development Authority
has a new website

It was announced this week that Brantley County Development Authority has contracted with Serva Creative, a locally based web design company from Waycross, to design and host their new website.

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Zircon Mining Planned for Brantley County

NAHUNTA, GA – Southern Ionics, a Mississippi-based specialty chemicals company, has selected a 120 acre site in the Winocur Road area of Brantley and Charlton counties to mine zircon and other metals from the underlying sand. Two thirds of the area to be mined is located in Brantley County. Zirconium, which is obtained from zircon, is used in kidney dialysis, antidepressants, ceramics and paints. Ron Rose, director of mining operations, stated that mining is scheduled to begin in late 2013. The projected date allows time for the company to obtain all of the necessary permits from the state Environmental Protection Division, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies.   Social...

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Wood Pellet Plant hiring local workers

NAHUNTA, GA – Varn Wood Products has announced plans to build a wood pellet plant at its Hoboken sawmill site. The plant will hire 12 to 14 employees. The plant will make the pellets out of pine byproducts from the sawmill. It is being designed to produce 80,000 tons of pellets a year but will increase to 120,000 tons a year if needed. The bulk of the pellets will be shipped to Europe, where coal-fired plants are being converted to biomass fuel. Some wood pellets will also be sold in the U.S. as animal litter. The plant is scheduled to start production in the fall of 2012.   Social...

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