Business & Industry

Major Companies Operate in Augusta

Like the magnolias and the great foliage at the Masters, Augusta-Richmond County has a strong mix of a vibrant business climate, a savvy labor force, and superb quality of life. Although thousands of visitors flock to the Masters in the month of April, Augusta is also focused on providing important operating advantages to new and expanding businesses.

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Attracted by the area’s low cost of living and a ready labor force, Augusta maintains a healthy growth in business activity.

A great diversity of companies are located in Augusta-Richmond County, including Textron Specialized Vehicles such as E-Z-GO and Bad Boy Buggies, International Paper, Covidien, Kellogg’s, Thermal Ceramics, PCS Nitrogen, Solvay Advanced Polymers, Starbucks, Huntsman, Unisys, General Chemical, Elanco, Bennett International, Electrolux, Dart Container, Olin, Con-Agra, Finnchem, US Battery, Automatic Data Processing, T-Mobile, FedEx Ground, and many others.

Augusta has been named by BizJournals.com as “The Most Affordable Place in the United States To Own A Home”. Housing in Augusta is approximately 61% of the national average. Overall, the cost of living is about 82% of the national average. This translates into overall lower operating costs for companies, making Augusta even more attractive for new locations.

Also, Southern Business & Development magazine named Augusta as one of the “Top Ten Places in the South With Plenty of Talented Labor.” The 1800-acre Augusta Corporate Park was also named by the publication as one of the “Top Ten SuperSites in the South”.

Augusta's Employment Mix - All Industries

Industry Mix Firms Employment % of Employment Weekly Wage
Utilities 16 - - -
Management/Companies/Enterprises 34 - - -
Mining 7 108 0.1 1,277
Manufacturing 240 12,649 8.1 1,109
Professional, Scientific/Tech Services 801 9,309 6 1,609
Wholesale Trade 328 4,070 2.6 1,164
Health Care & Social Services 1,084 23,073 14.8 1,009
Finance and Insurance 411 3,057 2 1,174
Information 82 2,004 1.3 1,100
Educational Services 84 1,386 0.9 557
Government 386 33,739 21.6 947
Transportation and Warehousing 183 2,727 1.7 864
Construction 806 6,397 4.1 977
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 71 863 0.6 909
Real Estate / Rental and Leasing 320 1,418 0.9 809
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 110 2,068 1.3 482
Retail Trade 1,271 18,851 12.1 523
Other Services (Except Government) 649 4,068 2.6 588
Administrative and Waste Services 505 11,765 7.5 526
Accommodations and Food Service 728 15,640 10 309
TOTAL PRIVATE SECTOR 8,048 122,343 78.4 840
  Source: Georgia Department of Labor, Fourth Quarter 2016
©2017 Augusta Economic Development Authority

Augusta’s Employment Mix - Manufacturing

Manufacturing Sector Firms Employment Weekly Wage
Chemical Manufacturing 28 1,062 1,896
Paper Manufacturing 10 1,324 1,402
Wood Product Manufacturing 17 490 918
Transportation Equipment 21 2,000 1,157
Miscellaneous Mfg Industries 23 678 1,072
Machinery Manufacturing 9 731 1,883
Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 31 1,064 1,066
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 14 685 1,226
Printing And Related Activities 18 122 656
Textile Mills 5 644 780
Furniture And Related Product Mfg 14 353 769
Electrical Equipment/Appliance 6 550 810
Food Manufacturing 19 1,508 635
Plastics & Rubber Products Mfg 5 282 963
Apparel Manufacturing 4 411 853
Textile Product Mills 7 460 475
Primary Metal Manufacturing 3 181 766
Total 240 12,649 1,109

Augusta’s Employment Mix - Manufacturing

Chemical Manufacturing 28 1,062 1,896 Paper Manufacturing 10 1,324 1,402 Wood Product Manufacturing 17 490 918 Transportation Equipment 21 2,000 1,157 Miscellaneous Mfg Industries 23 678 1,072 Machinery Manufacturing 9 731 1,883 Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 31 1,064 1,066 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 14 685 1,226 Printing And Related Activities 18 122 656 Textile Mills 5 644 780 Furniture And Related Product Mfg 14 353 769 Electrical Equipment/Appliance 6 550 810 Food Manufacturing 19 1,508 635 Plastics & Rubber Products Mfg 5 282 963 Apparel Manufacturing 4 411 853 Textile Product Mills 7 460 475 Primary Metal Manufacturing 3 181 766 Total 240 12,649 1,109
Manufacturing Sector Firms Employment Weekly Wage
  Source: Georgia Department of Labor, Fourth Quarter 2016
©2017 Augusta Economic Development Authority