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Robins International Industrial Park in Peach County Certified as GRAD

November 23, 2020
Georgia Department of Economic Development


ATLANTA, November 23, 2020 —The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), in conjunction with the Joint Development Authority of Peach County and the City of Warner Robins, today announced that Robins International Industrial Park, located at 101 Leamington Boulevard in Byron, has earned a “Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development” (GRAD) certification with “Select” status. The site’s new “GRAD Select” status provides an additional seal of approval that makes it especially attractive for future industrial development.

“Our GRAD program is a proactive way for economic developers and landowners to help attract growth opportunities to their communities, and we’re proud to have a new property in Peach County to add to our database of GRAD Certified sites for developers,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Just since March, several companies have chosen GRAD sites as their locations of choice. GEDIA announced they will build their advanced manufacturing facility on a GRAD site in Whitfield County, Home Meridian International selected a GRAD site in Liberty County for their distribution facility, and Medline Industries expanded to a GRAD Certified property in Bryan County. The GRAD Certified seal of approval is an excellent resource for the state to market properties to businesses seeking the perfect site for growth.”

Located east of Interstate 75, the almost 600-acre Robins International Industrial Park is being developed as the gateway into the City of Warner Robins and Robins Air Force Base. This planned industrial development provides the keystone for more than 1,500 acres along the Interstate 75 corridor, which leads into one of Georgia’s fastest-growing cities. Multiple entrances to the development off Watson Boulevard, near exit 146 and Russell Parkway, near exit 144, provide excellent access to the four-lane highways along Interstate 75. This strategic location is less than 90 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where 80% of the U.S. market is within a two-hour flight or two-day truck drive. Easy access to customers is one of the many factors that led Pure Flavor Foods to locate in Robins International Industrial Park.

“Selecting the right location to serve our Southeast expansion was a critical component to support our growth,” said Jamie Moracci, president of Pure Flavor, which is strategically located at Robins International Industrial Park. “As a vertically integrated greenhouse vegetable company, we pride ourselves on delivering fresh, delicious vegetables that our customers can depend on, regardless of the season. Locating in Robins International Industrial Park assures us that we will continue to grow our brand of fresh Georgia Grown tomatoes and cucumbers.”

Completing the GRAD certification program with GDEcD is a proactive way both community planners and land owners can help catalyze economic growth and industrial development for the regions they serve. Since the inception of the GRAD certification program, more than 8,000 jobs have been created on GRAD sites, and the new GRAD Select status is an indication that a site has met or exceeded more rigorous certification requirements to attract development.

“In Peach County, it’s not just our orchards that are growing sweet fruit. We grow everything sweeter, and that includes our industries! Our historically agrarian economy has instilled a nurturing nature that we implement in our business practices every day,” said BJ Walker, executive director of the Joint Development Authority of Peach County and the City of Warner Robins. “Our partnership with the City of Warner Robins has enabled us to create opportunity for Middle Georgia for generations to come. Robins International Industrial Park’s 600 acres of planned industrial development also provides excellent access to a highly trained workforce sustained by Robins Air Force Base and an abundance of green space that is sure to attract companies from all over the world.”

The goal of the GRAD program is to establish a pool of pre-qualified industrial sites for which the due diligence has already been completed. Economic development groups and landowners interested in obtaining GRAD certification for their property are encouraged to visit for additional information.

About GDEcD 
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Visit for more information.

About the Joint Development Authority of Peach County and the City of Warner Robins
Formed in April of 2017, The Joint Development Authority of Peach County and the City of Warner Robins has been authorized by the Georgia General Assembly as a public body corporate and politic, created in and for the City of Warner Robins and Peach County. The Joint Development Authority of Peach County and the City of Warner Robins is a partnership designed to develop, promote and expand economic opportunities in Middle Georgia.


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Director of Communications

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