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”.

Target Industries

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    Advanced Manufacturing

    Advanced manufacturing has always had a prominent presence in Augusta, Georgia. A highly skilled and trainable workforce has not only attracted companies to the Augusta area, but partnered with a business friendly environment, has allowed them to grow. Companies such as E Z Go, Starbucks, Covidien, International Paper, and Kellogg's call Augusta home.

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    Aerospace

    The Southeast has become a magnet for the Aerospace industry and Augusta is strategically, right in the middle. Augusta Regional Airport has 500 developable acres for industrial purposes. The existing runway is 8,001 feet which can accommodate any aircraft manufactured today. AGS has a constant pipeline of construction projects focused on growing the aerospace industry in Augusta. Experts have called Augusta Regional Airport the "most aggressive airport in the State of Georgia in terms of positioning themselves for growth."

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    Chemical Manufacturing

    Chemical Manufacturing is the third largest manufacturing sector in the State of Georgia. In 2014, Augusta-Richmond County represented almost one-third of the job growth in the Chemical Manufacturing sector in the State of Georgia. Augusta has a robust water and sewer infrastructure network that is necessary for chemical manufacturers. Augusta Utilities boasts an excess water capacity of 36 million gallons per day and an excess sewer capacity of 16 million gallons per day. Companies such as DSM, Elanco, and Solvay expanded their Augusta facilities in 2014.

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    Customer Service

    With three higher education institutions and a major military installation, Augusta has an abundant and educated workforce who have the soft skills needed to staff a customer service center. Augusta Technical College has a Customer Service Certificate as part of their course offerings. Companies such as Automatic Data Processing, Sitel, Delta Airlines, Unisys, Comcast, T-Mobile, Electrolux, Teleperformance, and WOW Communications have customer service and managed service facilities in Augusta.

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    Information Technology and Data Centers

    The information technology cluster in Augusta is a true partnership between the public and private sectors. Augusta is home to Fort Gordon which houses the second largest National Security Agency facility in the world, the United States Army Cyber Command, the United States Army Cyber Center of Excellence, and the United States Army Signal School. Because of these facilities that are critical to national security, the data and fiber infrastructure in Augusta is expansive and robust. Augusta is home to almost 100 defense companies with a focus on communications and cyber security.

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    Logistics

    Augusta can get you where you need to go. Augusta has abundant road infrastructure in every direction including Interstate 20, Interstate 520, and a short drive to Interstate 95, and Interstate 77. The ports of both Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina are both less than 150 miles away. Augusta Regional Airport provides daily service to both Atlanta and Charlotte airports via Delta and American Airlines. Both Atlanta and Charlotte airports are about a two-hour drive.