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Key highlights of the May MBCIA meeting included details on two existing industry expansions, prospect activity, a farewell to a long-time industry partner, MBCIA staff recognition, industry job opportunities, property management, and marketing activities.

In April, MBCIA celebrated two new industry expansions—Kumho Tire and Schnitzer. Both industries are investing millions of dollars in enhancing their infrastructure and capabilities at their Macon-Bibb locations. 

The Executive Director’s Report showed that prospect activity is steady. There are currently 28 open projects with a potential investment of more than $600 million and more than 3,800 potential jobs.  

Lee Smith, longstanding YKK employee and community leader, honored by Mayor Lester Miller on April 20th.

Lee Smith, longstanding YKK employee and community leader, honored by Mayor Lester Miller on April 20th.

A proclamation for Lee Smith, a longstanding YKK employee, and community leader, was presented by Mayor Lester Miller at the April 20 Commissioner’s meeting to honor Smith’s retirement and his service to Macon-Bibb County.

The Downtown Rotary Club nominated Finance Director Amy Tarpley for the Hidden Hero award for her tireless work in making the Brookdale Warming Center a success.

MBCIA Existing Industry Manager, Eleyce Coleman, was featured in Macon Magazine’s Women in Business 2021 section. Please read about it here.

MBCIA engaged with more than 100 Industry partners last month and determined the top concerns for them currently are: COVID-19 testing and vaccines, Public Works (solid waste and beautification), and hiring.  

Monthly videos featuring existing industry manager Eleyce Coleman are being produced in collaboration with the #maconopportunities campaign to address concerns and share relevant information with all industry partners.

This month’s video highlighted Eleyce’s journey as she received her second COVID-19 vaccine. It also features her visit to Tractor Supply to learn how they’re keeping their employees safe and continuing to work through the COVID-19 pandemic. She also encourages industry partners to contact her if they are interested in hosting a mass vaccination site at their facility. 

MBCIA continued discussions with the Bibb County CTAE and Coca-Cola on core curriculum development, creating a pathway/pipeline to funnel students to their facility. They had meetings with numerous other industry partners on the top-three issues mentioned earlier.

Eleyce Coleman receives her second Covid-19 vaccine shot.

Eleyce Coleman receives her second Covid-19 vaccine shot.


The following Macon-Bibb Industries have open positions.

Specific Positions:

  • Elliott Machine Shop – CNC & Machinist
  • L&G Technology – Mechanic & Admin

Hiring Multiple Positions:

  • Amazon
  • Aspen
  • Coca-Cola
  • Dean Baldwin Painting
  • Diamond Plastics 
  • Embraer 
  • Freightliner
  • Geico
  • H&E Equipment Services 
  • Irving Tissue 
  • Kumho Tire 
  • L.H. Thomson 
  • Mr. Chips 
  • Pactiv
  • Tractor Supply
  • Tyson Foods
  • Yancey Bros. 

Project Manager’s Report

The Project Manager’s Report highlighted the following site beatification activity:

Airport Industrial East 

    • Barn removal at Airport East 
  • Cleanup of the entrance along 247  

Airport Industrial South 

  • Signage update

I-75 Business Park 

  • Cleanup of retention pond area 
  • Park maintenance is ongoing at all locations throughout the month.

Public Relations & Marketing Report

In the marketing and public relations activities report, all social media platforms saw an increase in reach, engagement, impressions, new followers, and page clicks than in previous months.
Advertisements are currently running in 41NBC’s virtual job fair.

The meeting closed with an executive session.