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MWA Welcomes Irving Consumer Products

Oct 9, 2017 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


MWA Chairman Sam Hart (right) and President and Executive Director Tony Rojas (left) were on hand for the announcement that Irving Consumer Products is coming to Macon-Bibb County.

J.D. Irving Company, one of the largest paper and tissue product producers in the world, has selected Macon-Bibb County as the site for constructing a second U.S. production facility.

The new facility for Irving Consumer Products, which is expected to employ more than 200 people with a payroll in excess of $11 million, will be located within the Sofkee Industrial Park, next to Kumho Tire.

The role of the Macon Water Authority (MWA) has played in enticing Irving Consumer Products to the Sofkee Industrial Park, a development-ready site, was significant. In addition to investing $704,000 annually into a revolving fund for the development of industrial park sites and infrastructure, the MWA also has the water and sewer capacity that large industrial customers covet.

Irving’s production processes for its paper and tissue consumer products require a large volume of water and significant sanitary sewer treatment. In addition, the Authority has accomplished and accredited water professionals and a reputation for financial strength and environmental stewardship.

“The trust and confidence Irving Consumer Products has in our ability to meet the water and sewer needs of their facility is a credit to our outstanding employees,” says Sam Hart, Chairman of the MWA Board of Directors. “This is another example of how we positively impact the economic development and quality of life in our community.”

Check out the “Learn More” link below for the photo gallery on the Irving announcement.

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