Houston, Texas-based PyraMax Ceramics, LLC will invest $140-million in a 200,000 square foot manufacturing operation on 190 acres at Kings Mill Commerce Park near Wrens, Georgia. The company manufactures and distributes a ceramic pellet, known as "proppant," for use in major oil and gas fields. PyraMax will create 60 new jobs, along with numerous indirect jobs.
"PyraMax Ceramics is excited about locating our manufacturing facility in Wrens, Ga. The local community has shown us overwhelming support as we move forward with our initial construction," said Don Anschutz, President of PyraMax Ceramic, LLC. "State and local officials, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and strategic businesses worked hand-in-hand to create a mutually beneficial business environment that led us to our decision to build in Georgia."
"We are committed to making Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation to do business and a central plank in our strategy is to boost the manufacturing sector," said Gov. Nathan Deal. "In Georgia, PyraMax will find a progressive business infrastructure, a highly skilled workforce and an abundance of natural resources that will help the company continue to provide the best product to its customers in the energy sector. "
"Jefferson County is proud of the many organizations and agencies that worked tirelessly to bring this industry to the state," said Bill Easterlin, chairman of the Development Authority of Jefferson County. "The Development Authority, the Board of Commissioners and all of the cities demonstrated their commitment by working together. In looking forward to the new job opportunities, Jefferson County is committed to collaborating with the Jefferson County Center of Oconee Fall Line Technical College to utilize the readily available workforce."
"The PyraMax Ceramics project illustrates how some of Georgia's best assets, its workforce, business climate and natural resources, can intersect to bring significant opportunities to our state," said GDECD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. "Georgia continues to work aggressively to be among the most competitive places for business nationwide and PyraMax's decision to locate here is a great indicator that we're moving in the right direction. As an incentive, the company will work with Georgia QuickStart, the state's nationally recognized workforce training initiative, to receive process-specific workforce training at its Jefferson County plant.