Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Seed Company Taking Root in Macon

Ferry-Morse Seed Company announced today it is locating a new light manufacturing and distribution center in Macon, creating five jobs and investing $1 million.

“Georgia’s strength in logistics continues to draw distribution centers from companies like Ferry-Morse Seed Company,” said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). “Our strong network of interstate highways and extensive rail system connect to our fast-growing ports and the world’s busiest airport, helping companies move goods all over the world.”

The Kentucky-based company has leased a 115,000-square-foot space in an existing building on White Elk Springs Court in Macon. Ferry-Morse plans to hire five full-time employees and as many as 20 during seasonal needs. The Macon facility will manufacture and supply plant propagation products such as peat, wood pulp and coir pith.

Ferry-Morse Seed Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jiffy of the Americas, Inc., is the oldest active seed company in North America. Ferry-Morse caters directly to the consumer market, selling seed-related products such as seed starter products, grass seed and a variety of gardening aids to be used for planting seed.
“Ferry-Morse is pleased to locate in the state of Georgia and we look forward to the challenges that are inherent with opening a new facility. We feel that the Macon area is a strategic location for our company and our industry and we feel that we will be better equipped to service our customer base,” said Daniel Schrodt, president, Ferry-Morse Seed Company.

“The Ferry-Morse Seed Company has a long history in the American seed business and we are delighted that the company has selected Macon for the location of its full bagging operation. Ferry-Morse will be a great addition to the growing family of companies that have taken advantage of our strategic location, great workforce and training programs,” said Billy Pitts, chairman, Macon Economic Development Commission.

Annie Baxter, project manager for GDEcD, assisted Ferry-Morse in its location.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. For more information, visit www.georgia.org.

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