BRYAN CO., GA (WTOC) - New jobs are on the way in Bryan County as ground is broken on what will be the largest rail-served industrial site in the Coastal Empire.
On Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Belfast Commerce Center off U.S. Hwy 17 near the intersection of I-95 and Belfast Keller Rd.
New warehouses will be built on the site, which will store goods from the Georgia Ports as they come in. Nearly 2,600 new jobs will be created in areas including trucking, construction and manufacturing.
"We're going to see much development here in Bryan County, and it will create many jobs. That's something we need," said Sen. Buddy Carter.
Over the past 15 years, officials have worked on a plan to bring a rail-served industrial site to the area. Not only will the new site help the local economy, but create jobs statewide and beyond.
"We're creating something here that we can market to the entire world. Huge jobs that are coming to our state. This is a great investment we're putting in the ground," said Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Construction is set to start immediately. It will take 10 to 15 years to finish the site.