SUPER LAWN TRUCKS RELOCATES TO FORT VALLEY, GA.
Truck Manufacturer for the Lawn and Landscape Industry in Position to
Double its Output Capacity in 2008
FORT VALLEY, Ga. (March 4, 2008) Super Lawn Trucks, Inc. (SLT), a manufacturer of trucks engineered specifically for the lawn and landscape industry, has relocated its manufacturing facility and administrative offices to Fort Valley, Ga. The announcement was made today by Tony Bass, founder and president of SLT.
The relocation from Bonaire, Ga., allows SLT to continue meeting the demand of lawn and landscape business owners wanting vehicles and tools that add efficiency while on the job. It also permits SLT to further expand its manufacturing capabilities, while bringing jobs to the area.
“This move is allowing us to double our output capacity in 2008,” said Bass, who selected the Peach County location because of the established workforce well trained in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles. “As a result, we will be adding five new jobs in our company immediately to assist in welding and fabrication, inside sales, outside sales and administrative functions. We also plan to add another five positions during our first year, and an additional 25 to 30 jobs over the next five years here in Peach County.”
SLT is currently operating in a temporary manufacturing plant at 1434 Peach Parkway Fort Valley, Ga., while it makes plans to build a permanent facility by the end of the year. The company purchased a 16-acre parcel in Peach County to include approximately 20,000 square feet for manufacturing and assembly and 5,000 square feet for administrative offices.
Local Economic Impact
According to third quarter 2007 online data, SLT is helping to add to the 2.3 percent employment growth in Peach County. Bass and SLT worked closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Peach County Development Authority during the planning portion for SLT’s expansion plan.
“The development authority welcomes Tony and his staff to Peach County,” said Charles Sims, executive director of the Peach County Development Authority. “We are very excited about the possibilities that his move will bring in terms of growth and profitability for his company. This is an excellent example of how entrepreneurship should work. We expect great things for the future and look forward to helping Super Lawn Trucks achieve this growth.”
Additionally, SLT is receiving assistance from the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, which helps companies, entrepreneurs, economic developers and communities improve their competitiveness through the application of science, technology and innovation.
“Tony and his team have a great product,” said Paul Todd, project manager for Georgia Tech’s regional office in Macon. “Our role will be to help them implement best practices in the manufacturing process for the new facility. If we can make the new plant as organized and productive as the trucks are, the sky is the limit.”
Founded in 1998 by Tony Bass and his father, Buddy Bass, with the support from investors in Bonaire, Ga., Super Lawn Trucks manufactures specialty trucks that add efficiency for lawn and landscape contractors on the job. With the patented Super Lawn Truck system tasks that normally consume 568 hours per year can be completed in just 84 hours, leaving 484 free hours for contractors to serve additional clients. Today, Super Lawn Trucks are operating in landscape companies, municipalities and university campuses in 35 states and in Canada.
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