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RAI Industrial Fabricators to build new facility in Banks County, creating 30 new jobs

RAI Industrial Fabricators, LLC has announced plans to build a steel fabrication facility, creating 30 new jobs and investing $20 million in Martin Bridge Road in Banks County.

“Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen many wins in recent years, and we are proud that RAI is expanding their already successful operation into the Martin Bridge area,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “As the top state for business, our skilled workforce has received national recognition, and I am confident that it will meet the company’s needs as they create exciting, new opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Banks County.”

Headquartered in Athens, RAI Industrial Fabricators is seeking to meet the needs of a growing client base and provide more services and products for their customers. This new facility will double the capacity of their existing operation in Athens in anticipation of future growth.

“We are excited about expanding RAI Industrial Fabricators with a new location at Martin Bridge in Banks County,” says Mark Christopherson, president of RAI Industrial Fabricators. “Site selection began over a year ago and quickly narrowed to this area along the I-85 corridor. Martin Bridge is ideally located to accommodate our growth among regional clients across the Southeast."

RAI will be hiring welders, fabricators, machine operators, detailers, material handlers, project managers, coating specialists and quality controllers at the new facility at the Martin Bridge exit, the only undeveloped exit on I-85 from Atlanta to Greenville, S.C.

“The Development Authority of Banks County is proud to have worked alongside RAI Industrial Fabricators to expand their growing business into our wonderful community,” said Hannah Mullins, executive director for the Development Authority of Banks County. “This deal not only provides gainful employment and capital investment for Banks County, but also serves as the catalyst for long-awaited trade at the Martin Bridge interchange on I-85. Highly anticipated for decades, all four quadrants of this intersection are investor-owned, with some investments dating as far back as the 1970s. Martin Bridge will become the most sought-after Northeast Georgia trade area between Atlanta and Greenville, South Carolina. Banks County is truly fortunate to have landed such a community-minded partner in RAI Industrial Fabricators.”

Banks County Board of Commissioners chairman Jimmy Hooper stated, “The Banks County Board of Commissioners is excited to see the location of a business such as RAI Industrial Fabricators at the Martin Bridge exit. We anticipate many more quality employment opportunities and an increased tax base for our citizens.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Tammy Caudell represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Development Authority of Banks County, the Banks County Board of Commissioners, the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Power, and Jackson EMC.

“We want to congratulate RAI Industrial Fabricators on this exciting expansion,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This announcement speaks to the strength of Georgia’s booming manufacturing industry, and we look forward to watching RAI’s continued success in the years to come.”

RAI Industrial Fabricators, LLC is an AISC certified full-service fabricator and erector of structural, miscellaneous, stainless and other custom designed metals to industrial and commercial markets throughout the Southeast. Visit www.rai-steel.com for more information.

Banks County Rotary Club members Becky Carlan and Alicia Andrews are shown collecting peanut butter last week at Banks Crossing. The Banks County Rotary Club is accepting donations of peanut butter to benefit the “Food-2-Kids” program. At the collection last week, members collected two full barrels of peanut butter.

Alto again seeks candidates for Post 2 seat

In a 2-1 split vote on Sept. 10, the Alto Town Council approved ratifying the resolution re-opening qualifying for the 2019 General Election Post 2 Council Seat.

At the advice of city attorney David Syfan, qualifying was re-opened on Monday, Aug 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, since no one qualified for the position during regular qualifying held Aug. 19 through Aug 23.

Council member PJ Huggins voted against ratifying the resolution.

During the re-opened qualifying period James M. Turner, husband of Alto Mayor Audrey Turner, qualified to run for the Post 2 council seat. No one else qualified for the seat that has been vacant since the resignation of John Closs.

In other business, the council unanimously approved moving forward with the next step in the application process for a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan and grant, with funding to be used to purchase three fully-equipped police patrol vehicles.

The grant amount is $37,900 and the loan amount is $70,400, at a total project cost of $108,300. The loan will be at 3.5-percent interest for five years with yearly payments of $15,500.

The council also, approved a proclamation proclaiming September at Childhood Cancer & DIPGs Awareness Month.

Mayor turned told everyone a library box at the town park had been installed by Cameron Mote. Mote, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 5, Clarkesville, complete the box as his Eagle Scout project.

Police chief Josh Ivey presented the August police department report, showing: total officer activity calls at 215; 42 traffic stops; two safety checks; 48 citations issues; 11 arrests made; and 40,290 GCIC histories.

Banks County students, Trevan Gragg (left) and Boston Heath (right) make donations of peanut butter at the entrance to the Banks County Football Stadium right before the football game on Friday evening, September 20, to benefit the Rotary’s ‘Food-2-Kids’ program.

Banks County Rotary Club member Alicia Andrews is shown collecting peanut butter at Walmart.

Talking Dead Tours coming up in Homer

The 2019 Historic Homer Walking Tour: The Talking Dead will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5. Tours begin at 6 and 7 p.m. each night in front of the Historic Courthouse and Museum.

Tickets are $10 per adult. Children under 13 may tour free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be sold cash-only and on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of the tours at a table at the front of the Historic Courthouse and Museum.

The route is approximately a half mile in length and a tour guide will provide historical information during travel. Along the route guests will stop and meet some of Banks County's 'previous residents' who will share their stories. This year, 13 stops are scheduled where visitors will encounter 18 cast members.

The evening's journey ends at the Historic Jail which guests may also tour. Light snacks and refreshments will be served at the historic courthouse following each tour.

Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight for the 7 p.m. tours for their personal safety. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by email to BanksCountyHistory@Gmail.com or by calling 678-971-9390.

There is no deposit or pre-payment required.

The Banks County Historical Society will host the tours.

For more information, visit BanksCountyHistoricalSociety.org, call 678-971-9390 or visit the society’s social media page on Facebook.

Last day to register to vote in town election is Oct. 7

The last day to register to vote in the November town election in Maysville is Oct. 7. Advance voting will start on Oct. 14.

The city election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The incumbent mayor and Ward 2 councilman in Maysville will be facing opposition on the Nov. 5 ballot.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Richard Presley will face Lynn Villyard.

In the Ward 2 city council seat, incumbent Junior Hardy and Susan Cooley will be on the ballot.

In Ward 4, incumbent Scott Harper was the only one to qualify.