New Industry projects $13 Million investment, 30-plus new jobs
Ranew’s Painting Facility Rezoning Request On Fast Track
By Jim Wheeless
In a special called meeting April 18, the planning and zoning board voted unanimously to approve a request by Rolling 13 Ranch, LLC through applicant WSL Real Estate Holdings, LLC to rezone 44 acres at Delray Road and Highway 36 for a manufacturing plant to paint vehicle parts.
Attorney David Dunaway, representing Ranew’s Truck & Equipment Company, said the company plans to invest more than $13 million and initially construct a 100,000-square-foot building. The facility will house a high-tech eco-paint line, a power coating process and a wet paint line.
The plant will employ approximately 32 people, according to a statement by Ranew’s, and could increase to 55-60 employees within a 12-month period, “if the anticipated demand materializes.” The company is contracted to paint John Deere tractor frames and parts, and plans to be in operation by January 2020.
Director Doug Currier recommended the rezoning based on the location of the property, near the airport and other manufacturing industries. The tract currently consists of two lots with a single family residence, an accessory building, open pasture, and a portion of Little Swift Creek.
Ranew’s headquarters, located in Milner, is the home of three manufacturing divisions, a warehouse and more than 60 dedicated employees. The company has a customer base which includes local, state, national and international companies. Lester & Susan Ranew are the original owners of Ranew’s, and they actively serve as the company’s co-presidents.
“Ranew’s is enthusiastic about the great possibilities and future successes surrounding this facility,” according to a press release, “not only for this enterprise and its new employees, but also for the Thomaston-Upson community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.”