News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
WARRENTON, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Enova Wood Pellet Group will begin construction soon on a plant off Highway 80 in Warrenton.
Sixty-five full-time jobs will need to be filled after the plant is completed.
Commissioner John Graham is ready for construction to start but more excited for what this means for the community.
"Great economic development and jobs for the community. The investment that will be brought will be great for Warren County," he said.
Another 350 jobs will come from indirect services connected to the construction of the Enova plant. Things like maintenance, hauling services and timber are some industries county leaders will hope get a boost.
Graham says he hopes other businesses will notice and take advantage of Warren County's distance from both Atlanta and Augusta.
"We are right here in the middle. Everything should just filter in our direction. The future looks bright," Graham said.
Almost every seat was taken in the courtroom for the announcement on Thursday morning. Graham says that's because everyone in the community wanted this to happen and played a role in making it happen -- from the county commissioners to the school board.
"We all worked together to bring better things and make Warrenton and Warren County a better place to live," Graham said.
The total cost of the project is $115 million and O.B. McCorkle, director of Development Authority, say the plant will be big.
"The site is about 250 acres. They're going to be off of 80 South," McCorkle said.
While the construction is important, many are asking when they can start applying.
"Summer of 2014," Graham replied.
Enova said Warren County's proximity to Norfolk Southern Railroad was another key component. They are planning on building more plants and bringing more jobs into Georgia and South Carolina with Edgefield on the short list for that expansion.
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