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June 25 - EquipmentShare Breaks Ground on New Rental Equipment Facility in Richmond Hill

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 25, 2019 - EquipmentShare, a national equipment rental business, recently broke ground on a new facility, located at 145 Thunderbird Dr., Richmond Hill, GA. This facility will be used as an equipment rental facility, as well as, one of their installation centers for their Tech company, Equipment Share Track. The Dewitt Tilton Group is the contractor for the project.

“This is a build-to-suit project for our client, and it will be the first location in Georgia for EquipmentShare, where the closest existing locations are Charleston and Jacksonville,” said Chris Tilton, one of the principals of the Savannah-based construction firm.

EquipmentShare is a contractor-focused equipment rental business, giving contractors access to an extensive construction fleet. The company also offers technology solutions and other services to the contracting field. Founded in 2014, it operates 26 facilities in 11 states.

Construction is expected to be complete on EquipmentShare’s new building by January 2020. The facility will feature 20-foot eave heights, six 16’ tall garage doors, washing bay, office space and fully fenced equipment yard.

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June 24 - Parker’s Donates $10,000 to Lowcountry Autism Foundation to Fund Art Therapy Program

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 24, 2019 - Parker’s recently donated $10,000 to the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, supporting the nonprofit organization’s Art Therapy Program in full for the year through the company’s Fueling the Community charitable giving program. 

“We wanted to partner with an organization that made a real impact in the communities we serve,” said Parker’s Vice President of Marketing Brandon Hofmann, who recently presented the check to the Lowcountry Autism Foundation. “We know this important organization relies on community support to fund their programs for families affected by autism.”

Funds were raised through the sale of 20,000 reusable Autism Awareness travel cups, which are available at Parker’s locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

“We are grateful to Parker’s for helping enhance the lives of children with autism,” said Sophia Townes, Lowcountry Awareness Foundation Program Coordinator. “Art therapy is incredibly important for children with autism, It helps develop a child’s self-esteem, improves communication skills and gives them a creative outlet.”

As Parker’s expands into the Charleston, S.C. market this summer, the company will continue to partner with the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, which is headquartered in Charleston and serves families throughout coastal South Carolina.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 42 boys and one in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States and reports that autism affects more children in America than diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome combined.

The Lowcountry Autism Foundation provides programs to support families through customized programs designed to fill gaps in service. With a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers, the organization has provided more than $500,000 in free autism services to over 1,500 Lowcountry families.   

Deeply engaged with the communities it serves, Parker’s has donated nearly $1 million to area schools since the inception of the Fueling the Community program. Parker’s also endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads the Keep Savannah Clean anti-litter campaign. In 2018, the company also donated a record $5 million to create the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University. Parker’s is committed to giving back to every community where it operates retail stores.

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June 10 - Infinity, Inc. Competes to End Hunger — How You Can Help

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 10, 2019 - For two weeks Infinity, Inc. and other technology companies and IT departments across Georgia are competing to end hunger. And you can help choose the winner!

In the fourth annual Bytes for Bites competition organized by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the Georgia Food Bank Association, technology professionals collect dry and canned goods and raise money for local food banks. In Coastal Georgia, all contributions go to America’s Second Harvest.

Businesses and individuals can fight the battle against hunger and help their favorite tech company compete in 3 simple ways: From Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 21, Infinity, Inc. will accept food at their office on Chatham Center South Drive, can arrange to come pick up your donations, and will encourage online donations using this link: https://www.classy.org/team/236104.

Every $1 given equals $9 in groceries that America’s Second Harvest can distribute here in the community, so every single dollar counts.

In 2018, 1 in 4 children in Georgia were at risk of hunger, living day to day unsure of whether the next meal would come. In 2019, that number is 1 in 5.

For more information, please visit www.infinityinc.us.

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June 18 - Georgia Awarded Gold Shovel for Jobs and Investment

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 18, 2019 - Governor Brian P. Kemp recently announced that Georgia was awarded a Gold Shovel by Area Development Magazine for generating the most jobs and investment in the United States for the eight to twelve million population category.

“We are honored to receive the Gold Shovel in recognition of Georgia’s top-notch business environment, which creates immeasurable growth, investment, and opportunity in every corner of our state,” said Governor Kemp. “Our unmatched workforce, world-renowned logistics, and pro-business climate make the Peach State an ideal location for business investment. I want to thank our state's economic development team and local officials for their efforts to secure this honor for Georgians.”

Area Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards give recognition to state and local economic development agencies which leverage innovative policies, workforce development, and logistics hubs to drive investment and job creation. All states were invited to submit information to Area Development on major groundbreakings, investments, and business expansions occurring in 2018.

“This Gold Shovel is a testament to our state’s commitment to cultivating and building on the business environment that has made us the No. 1 state for business,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Congratulations to Governor Kemp, our state economic development team, and all of our economic development partners across the state on this well-deserved recognition.”

A report on the 2019 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Winners is published in the Q2/2019 issue of Area Development online at www.areadevelopment.com/shovels.

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June 6 - Sterling Seacrest Partners Rises on “Hales Top 100” List

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 6, 2019 - Sterling Seacrest Partners, a top ranked insurance brokerage and consulting firm, has again been named one of the top 100 commercial insurance agencies and brokerages in the United States by the Hales Report. The “Hales Top 100” list is based on 2018 revenue.

Each year, Dowling Hales ranks the top 100 commercial focused agents and brokers in the United States. This year’s list represents $42.3 billion of aggregate revenue and Sterling Seacrest Partners is noted as number 78, reflecting growth of more than 12 percent from 2017 to 2018.

“In a time of rapid consolidation within our industry, it is exciting to see our company recognized among these elite firms while maintaining our independence as a privately-held agency,” said Sterling Seacrest Partners President David Paddison. “Our inclusion on this prestigious list is a further testament to our team’s commitment to our clients and our industry.”

Click here to view the full report: http://www.sterlingseacrest.com/sterling-seacrest-partners-rises-on-hales-top-100-list/.

 

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