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May 23 - Parker’s Donates $25,000 to Support Teachers and Students at Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 23, 2019 - Parker’s recently donated $25,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative, which donates a portion of the proceeds from gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. The check presentation took place at Godley Station K-8 School in Pooler, Ga. on May 16.

“Savannah is the heartbeat and headquarters of Parker’s, and I feel it is our responsibility to nurture future leaders,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “At Parker’s, we believe education is the tide that floats all ships. Education has the power to transform lives, offer opportunities and strengthen communities.”

Parker’s launched its charitable initiative in 2011 and donates money to schools in every community where the company operates stores. Parker’s has donated nearly $1 million to area schools since the inception of the Fueling the Community program. 

Deeply engaged with the communities it serves, Parker’s endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads the Keep Savannah Clean anti-litter campaign. In 2019, Parker’s also donated a record $5 million to create the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.

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May 20 - Home Builders Association Presents $5,000 Donation to Xcel Strategies

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

May 20, 2019 - The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah presented a $5,000 donation to Savannah-based mentoring group Xcel in support of the 2019 Dust and Grain Woodworking Competition which was held on Saturday, May 18 at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.

“As homebuilders, we are delighted to take part in a project that draws attention to the value of careers in the trades,” said Patty Rietkovich, executive officer of the association. “We need to develop the skilled craftspeople who will build the homes, schools and businesses of the future.”

The May 18 event marked the culmination of a competition that began last month. Different teams got their assignment in April to build a stool using lumber from Emergent Structures, a local re-purposed lumber yard. Judges will select three winning teams, each of which will receive production opportunities from Maven Makers to produce a product for the local home, restaurant, hotel or furniture industry.

Additional competitions and displays of woodworking skills are scheduled prior to the announcement of the winning teams. The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, are designed to appeal to families and will include Current Catering onsite for lunch, as well as raffles and giveaways.

Xcel is a Savannah mentoring nonprofit organization that concentrates on moving young men ages 15 to 25 into the workforce via the trades. It has partnered with such groups as Bethesda Academy and the Dream Campaign. Jay Thompson, founder and CEO of Xcel, has partnered with Maven Makers, a woodworking maker space, to inspire and train young men in woodworking professions.

Learn more about Xcel at

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April 19 - New self-storage facility opens on East Victory Drive in Savannah

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 19, 2019 - JLL’s Project and Development Services (PDS) team recently announced the completion of a new 651-unit self-storage facility just outside of downtown Savannah.

Located at 2201 East Victory Drive and professionally managed by CubeSmart, the multi-story, climate-controlled development is now open and features an easily accessible location convenient to Savannah, Thunderbolt, Wilmington Island and Tybee Island as well the nearby Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah State University and the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University.

The facility includes climate-controlled units ranging in size from 25 square feet to 300 square feet. Select units have been fitted with the nokē Smart Entry System, a wireless, cloud-based digital key management solution that allows tenants entry using only a smartphone. The Smart Entry System also allows each tenant to easily authorize or restrict access and track activity.

The self-storage facility also offers elevator access, 24-hour video recording and bright lighting. For more information, visit

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April 22 - The Ford Plantation’s Fish with Friends Event to Benefit Bryan County Schools’ Special Needs Students

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 22, 2019 - Each year since 2005, The Ford Plantation (TFP) has hosted special needs students from across Bryan County at an annual Fish with Friends event.  Each student, accompanied by his/her family member, is paired with a TFP volunteer. With the assistance of fishing guides, the children enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing. Afterwards, students and families join the volunteer members and Bryan County school representatives for a lunch and trophy presentation. Each student receives a fishing rod, T-shirt, hat and trophy to remember the day.

This year, Fish with Friends will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

“This event is a chance for us to give back to our amazing community and to connect with some terrific young people and their families,” says Lila Scott, one of the event’s founders and organizers along with her husband Jeff and friends and co-founders Ben and Susie MacMillan.

The families of the children, members of the Bryan County School system, and many volunteer members of The Ford Plantation gather to host 20–40 students ages five to 12. It is not unusual for volunteer members to forge meaningful relationships with the children and their families that can continue long after their Fish with Friends experience.

“Fish with Friends is always a good way to connect with people through a common interest,” says organizer and volunteer Jeffrey Scott.

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FEATURE - Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 18, 2019 - Savannah-based commercial construction firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group recently held groundbreaking ceremonies in Garden City for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse/office building for Roush’s Delivery Service.

The groundbreaking took place at the construction site, Lot 6 West Chatham Business Park in Garden City.

Roush’s Delivery Service, founded in 1973, provides expedited less-than-truckload (LTL) and logistics services. Mike Roush is president of the family-owned firm, and Mike Roush Jr. is its general manager. The company experienced a 400% growth over the past four years, thus demanding physical expansion.

“We have to adapt as our clients’ needs change,” said Mike Roush. “Most of our customers now need project-based work, and our new site will equip us to meet those needs in the most effective manner. Yes, we have grown tremendously, but the reason for this expansion is also to better serve our clients.”

The pre-engineered metal building will include 3,500 square feet of heated and cooled office space. The building is dock-high all the way around, and the office portion will be configured as two stories. Translucent light panels along the front and rear will allow natural light into the warehouse. 12 overhead garage doors that vary in size with edge or pit levelers will accommodate most any truck and its load. There is also a concrete ramp into the building from parking level as another means of access for receiving or delivering goods.

“Mike and I were buddies in grade school and high school,” Chris Tilton, one of the principals at Dewitt Tilton, said of the younger Roush. “Who would have thought, back when we were at Benedictine, that we would one day be working together on a $2 million construction project? We appreciate all of our clients, but it is really fun to work with old friends.”

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