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, Graphic Packaging, Cardinal Health, Kellogg’s, FPL Foods, Thermal Ceramics, Nutrien, Solvay Advanced Polymers, Starbucks, Unisys, Chemtrade, Union Agener, Bennett International, Electrolux, Olin, Kemira, US Battery, Automatic Data Processing, T-Mobile, FedEx Ground, Manus Bio 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 15 - - -
Management/Companies/Enterprises 29 - - -
Mining 7 152 0.1 1,345
Manufacturing 235 12,875 8.0 1,168
Professional, Scientific/Tech Services 786 6,618 4.1 1,387
Wholesale Trade 328 4,268 2.7 1,085
Health Care & Social Services 1,045 23,768 14.8 960
Finance and Insurance 371 2,476 1.5 1,186
Information 83 1,921 1.2 1,117
Educational Services 90 1,425 0.9 581
Government 359 33,359 20.8 1,008
Transportation and Warehousing 170 2,872 1.8 877
Construction 708 11,525 7.2 1,380
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 64 685 0.4 742
Real Estate / Rental and Leasing 310 1,475 0.9 834
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 106 2,688 1.7 484
Retail Trade 1,176 18,598 11.6 541
Other Services (Except Government) 589 4,101 2.6 608
Administrative and Waste Services 477 12,124 7.6 547
Accommodations and Food Service 773 16,748 10.5 316
TOTAL PRIVATE SECTOR 7,639 126,877 79.2 860
  Source: Georgia Department of Labor, 2018
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Augusta’s Employment Mix - Manufacturing

Manufacturing Sector Firms Employment Weekly Wage
Chemical Manufacturing 23 793 1,900
Paper Manufacturing 12 1,389 1,445
Wood Product Manufacturing 17 556 1,126
Transportation Equipment 17 2,753 1,212
Miscellaneous Mfg Industries 27 702 1,095
Machinery Manufacturing 9 790 1,626
Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 34 1,149 1,022
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 15 722 1,282
Printing And Related Activities 15 107 633
Textile Mills 5 - -
Furniture And Related Product Mfg 11 155 684
Electrical Equipment/Appliance 7 534 861
Food Manufacturing 18 1,435 897
Plastics & Rubber Products Mfg 6 275 847
Apparel Manufacturing 4 - -
Textile Product Mills 6 - -
Primary Metal Manufacturing 2 - -
Total 286 13,027 1,257
Source: Georgia Department of Labor, 2018
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