Upcoming Events
Ribbon Cutting
Friday, September 19 - 10:00 AM
WalMart - QuadMed Clinic
6020 Harrison Road

The 67th Air Force Anniversary Ball
Saturday, September 20th – 6:00 PM
Museum of Aviation

2014 Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Birch Communications
Monday, September 22nd
Canongate at Healy Point Golf Club
11:00 AM - Registration
12:00 Noon - Shotgun Start
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Ribbon Cutting
Friday, September 26 - 3:00 PM
Fairhaven Funeral Home
4989 Mt. Pleasant Church Road

New Member Reception
Tuesday, September 30th
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Chamber of Commerce
Infinity Network Solutions Board Room
Presented by:
James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP
 

 

 

News
The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and Macon Economic Development Commission will recognize the outstanding businesses of 2014 at the Annual Business & Industry Awards Luncheon to be held November 13th.  To nominate a deserving company, download the nomination form here.


Kumho Tire set to start construction of its manufacturing plant in Macon in August


Kumho Tire will start construction of its long-awaited manufacturing plant in Macon in August, economic development officials and Kumho representatives announced Tuesday. The plant, to be built on 150 acres in Sofkee Industrial Park, is expected to bring 450 jobs and start tire production in January 2016. “Today is a great day for our company, and we are very pleased to announce this,” said Harry Choi, Kumho Tire North America president. The project, first announced in January 2008, was delayed by the subsequent global financial crisis, but the company remained committed to Macon, he said, thanking local officials for their patience and commitment. “We are proud to call Macon a Kumho hometown,” Choi said. This will be the Korean-based company’s first U.S. plant. Initially, construction was pushed back to late 2009 or early 2010, but in fall 2009 it was delayed until the fourth quarter of 2013.In September 2013, Choi said production wasn’t expected to start until 2016, so Tuesday’s announcement moves the schedule up by a year. Choi said last year that production could start at 3 million tires per year, with the potential for 10 million. The original announcement called for a $225 million factory, but on Tuesday officials said Kumho will invest up to $413 million in the project.  -   July 1, 2014


Birch Communications, Inc., a leading communications provider with roots in Macon, announced that it will acquire Cbeyond


Birch Communications, Inc., a leading provider of business focused communications, cloud and managed services based in Atlanta and Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses also based in Atlanta, jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Birch will acquire Cbeyond in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $323 million.  -   April 21, 2014

GEICO’s Macon Office Looking to Add 500 New Employees

GEICO has put up a big “Help Wanted” sign at its Macon, Ga., office in order to hire new associates to keep up with the company’s strong policyholder growth. The Macon office, which already employs more than 5,400 associates, has identified more than 500 new positions that it would like to add this year.

“Opportunities abound at GEICO,” said Rhett Rayburn, Macon Southeast regional vice president. “Last year close to one-fourth of GEICO associates throughout the country received at least one promotion, so in addition to keeping up with growth we also need to bring on new associates to step into those roles.”   -   April 1, 2014
Program Highlights
Good Morning Macon is a periodic morning forum where members receive updates from legislators and other political and civic leaders on issues of concern to the Macon-Bibb County business community. Attended by 100 to 150 business executives in the Macon region, this event presents topics focused on military affairs, legislative developments of all areas, public policy, education, and other top community issues. Topics this year have included the Savannah Port Authority and the impact on business in Middle Georgia and the Economic Impact of Tourism, Film and Industry in Middle Georgia.

Connecting Over Coffee is a breakfast event allowing 30 attendees the chance to give a 2-minute “commercial” about their company while enjoying coffee and a continental breakfast. Attendees have an opportunity to network with each other before and after the event and all attendees leave the meeting with a goody bag which includes the business cards and other goodies from attendees’ businesses. This event is free to members and there’s always a full house!

Industrial Park Association Meetings provide networking and information sharing opportunities that will help neighboring companies come together as a collective force to engage in problem resolution. The lunch meetings are hosted twice a year – spring and fall – for members of each industrial park to discuss common issues of concern and develop a plan of action. Speakers will share up-to-date information on current trends and changes that may affect industry.

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