Our city’s rich history in manufacturing, going back to its roots in the milling of cotton, has created a strong foundation for the fabrication and movement of products and services for consumers around the world. Augusta-Richmond County is the sixth largest county in the state of Georgia for imports and exports through the Port of Savannah, which is now the fifth largest seaport in the United States. Covidien, Elanco, International Paper, John Deere, Kellogg, Nutra-Sweet, Standard Aero and Tomberlin Electric Vehicles anchor an impressive list of world-renowned, advanced manufacturing companies. Textron Specialized Vehicles adds to that list, and along with Club Car, secured Augusta’s designation as the "Golf Car Capital of the World", and are driving world-class innovation in the development of electric cars.
Augusta is also home to companies such as Convergent ERS, T-Mobile, and Automatic Data Processing, which have made investments of nearly $100-million in new facility operations and brought 2,500 new jobs to the area. Venator, a subsidiary of Huntsman Corporation and a leading global chemical company dedicated to the development and manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments and performance additives, invested $115-million in a new technologically advanced factory near Augusta Regional Airport. Starbucks is a welcome newcomer to the Augusta Corporate Park. Investing $172-million to construct a manufacturing plant.
And just across the river in Graniteville, S.C., Bridgestone/Firestone has the world’s most technologically-advanced tire factory. Only nine miles from Augusta, the facility has won numerous awards since its opening. Next door neighbor, Columbia County hosts top area employers too, including Quad Graphics, Georgia Iron Works, Augusta Sportswear, Greenfield Industries, Serta Mattress, and Pollard Lumber.
The Chamber has established several Industry Councils to meet the unique needs of our area's manufacturing businesses. These councils have a variety of program offerings and involvement opportunities for chamber members.