Georgia Ports Authority Posts Double-Digit Growth for November

December 19, 2010

Port of Savannah Distribution Center announcement will bring 100 new jobs by 2011

Savannah, Ga. – December 20, 2010 –

Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced today the GPA experienced growth in November 2010, which is consistent with the double-digit growth rates that have been experienced since December 2009. The Port of Savannah experienced moderate gains in November, following FY2011’s very strong peak season,” said GPA’s Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. “We remain cautiously optimistic about future volumes through the ports and continue to prepare for larger vessels, currently calling on the U.S. East Coast.” The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal handled 124,348 containers or 222,281 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), representing increases of 12.5 percent and 11.5 percent respectively.

Fiscal year 2011 overall container volume to date (July – October 2010) reflects a 19.1-percent increase compared with the same time period in FY2010. At the Port of Brunswick, the Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 39,222 auto units in November 2010, which is an increase of 34.6 percent compared with November 2009. In other news, Savannah will see 100 new jobs by 2011, due to the sale of a 689,400 square-foot distribution center in DP Partner’s LogistiPort Industrial Park to JLA Home. JLA is a global virtually integrated company specializing in home furnishing products and is a welcome addition to a growing distribution market that has become one of the main service hubs of the Southeast. There were many items considered while we researched for our new location on the east coast, however the overall Port of Savannah was the key along with the pro business attitude that was expressed by all parties within the Savannah area,” said JLA Home Chief Operating Officer Rodney Dickey. “The overall quality of life, real estate market and labor pool was also a major attraction. We look forward to opening our operations and gradually building a strong base for our company in this eastern port.” Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 295,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $15.5 billion in income, $61.7 billion in revenue and $2.6 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy.

For additional information, please contact GPA’s Senior Director of External Affairs Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com. Visit the GPA web site at www.gaports.com