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Manufacturer expands to Conyers, brings 50 jobs

Corrugated Supplies Company announced Thursday they will expand their business to Conyers and lease over 400,000 square feet in the former Solo Cup distribution center located on Ga. Highway 138 at Pine Log Road.

Corrugated Supplies Company announced Thursday they will expand their business to Conyers and lease over 400,000 square feet in the former Solo Cup distribution center located on Ga. Highway 138 at Pine Log Road.

CONYERS -- Illinois-based manufacturer Corrugated Supplies Co. announced Thursday it will expand to Conyers with a facility in the former Solo Cup distribution center that will bring 50 jobs to the area.

Corrugated Supplies will establish a corrugated cardboard sheet-feeder plant in Conyers in 444,000 square feet of space in the building located at 1475 Ga. Highway 138 and at the intersection with Pine Log Road.

Plant operations are expected to begin in September, according to the press release announcing the plant.

Glenn Sears, executive director of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council, said the deal to bring Corrugated Supplies to Conyers has been in the works for more than two years.

Sears added that he has seen an increase of interest in Conyers and Rockdale County from manufacturers, and his office has dealt exclusively with those businesses over the last eight months.

"That's surprising given the fact that people believe manufacturing is going out of the country," Sears said. "It seems that it's not only expanding within the country, it's coming back to America."

The Development Authority of Rockdale County will provide tax abatement bonds for five years as an incentive for the company to move here. The tax abatement is for county government M&O taxes only. Sears said the company will pay county school taxes.

Corrugated Supplies' expansion is welcome news. Rockdale's industrial sector has shrunk over the past four years. Industrial property was valued at $3.01 billion of the county's tax digest in 2007. Last year, the value dropped to $2.93 billion and is estimated at $2.83 billion for this year, according to the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's Office.

Sears said the Corrugated Supplies move to Conyers is particularly good since it will convert warehouse space into manufacturing, which generates more tax revenue.

The space will be leased by the company from the facility's owner, Ashley Capital of New York City. Golden State Foods leases the remaining 100,952 square feet as warehouse space in conjunction with its Conyers plant on Old Covington Road.

Corrugated Supplies is a privately held company that employs about 200 full-time workers and operates sheet-feeder plants in Bedford Park, Ill., Cullman, Ala., and New Haven, Ind.

The company uses 300-foot long machines called corrugators and a starch-base adhesive to manufacture corrugated sheets that consist of a top and bottom layer of heavy paper holding a middle layer of ridged paper. The sheets are then sold to companies that convert them into boxes and merchandise displays.

Sears said the process uses little, if any, water and should not impact Rockdale Water Resources. He said RWR recently upgraded equipment at the Quigg Branch treatment plant that increases wastewater treatment reserves for commercial use to 1.5 million gallons per day.