County receives $500,000 grant for CARBO project

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Jenkins County was recently awarded a $500,000 Employment Incentive Program Grant (EIPG) to assist with the construction of a public rail spur to serve CARBO Ceramics’ new facility currently under construction on Hwy. 17, south of Millen. The improvements will allow the company to invest $70 million and create 40 new, full-time, permanent jobs, all of which will be held by low and moderate income persons.

The facility will manufacture ceramic proppant which is used in hydraulic fracturing to make oil and gas wells produce better and recover more oil and gas. It is located on 450 acres convenient for product distribution by truck or rail.

The Jenkins County facility will be similar to CARBO’s Toomsboro plant and will initially operate one line, creating dozens of new jobs. However, the facility will have the capability to expand to four production lines as needed.

CARBO started its investments in Georgia in 1998 with their McIntyre plant and has invested over $300 million in Georgia so far, providing jobs for about 200 employees.

It is the world’s largest supplier of ceramic proppant and a major supplier of resin-coated sand proppant; the provider of the industry’s most widely used fracture simulation software; and a provider of fracture design and consulting services. The company also provides a broad range of technologies for spill prevention, containment and countermeasures

A public hearing on the EIPG will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the Jenkins County Annex Building on Winthrope Avenue.

2014-01-22 / Front Page

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