New facility will use natural gas for heat and manufacturing process.
ATLANTA – Nov. 8, 2013 – Atlanta Gas Light Company and the Georgia Public Service Commission’s efforts to develop programs that invest in natural gas infrastructure in unserved areas of the state were key in attracting a premier manufacturing company to Bryan County.
Caesarstone Sdot Yam has selected the Bryan County Commerce Centre as a preferred site to locate its new manufacturing facility, according to the announcement from Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday. The Israeli-based company plans to invest between $70 million and $100 million and create 180 new jobs in Savannah, Ga. Caesarstone will use clean-burning and efficient natural gas to heat its buildings and as part of the manufacturing process for its engineered quartz surface products.
"Energy infrastructure plays a vital role in economic development in our state," said Bryan Batson, president of Atlanta Gas Light. “The state is fortunate to have a public service commission that set the stage for a $1 million natural gas pipeline extension. Caesarstone’s potential investment of $100 million will benefit the state of Georgia and create much-needed, high-skilled jobs.”
At the request of local economic development officials, Atlanta Gas Light included the industrial park as one of its initial economic development projects under the STRIDE (Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement) program. STRIDE was developed by Atlanta Gas Light, and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2010, to extend natural gas service to new or underserved regions of the state and support long-range growth opportunities. The program has resulted in strategic growth corridors in seven locations throughout Georgia, and line extensions to serve more than 3,000 new customers.
"Having an ample supply of natural gas was a prerequisite for deciding upon a site for this manufacturer," said Bryan County Development Authority Chairman Steve Croy. "The decision by Atlanta Gas Light and the Georgia Public Service Commission to run a three-mile high pressure line to this industrial park in 2010 played an integral role in landing this opportunity."
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com
Kristie Swink Benson