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Editoral Salute - 8/8/13

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For its fiscal year ending June 30th, the Georgia Ports Authority, through its stellar Savannah and Brunswick facilities, reported yet another terrific year, setting record-volumes in bulk-cargo, containers, auto and machinery units, and total tonnage.  This follows a spectacular April in which our Ports achieved the highest total volume-month in their history! 

Reflecting on this continuing record of growth, GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz said:  "Whether by road, on-terminal rail links, or our 38 weekly global containership calls, Georgia's deepwater ports offer an unmatched gateway to international commerce for Southeast markets."  New customers, Subaru and Toyota, were key factors in added automotive shipments, while heavy machinery exports were bolstered by Caterpillar, and others.  

Due to his exceptional business experience and leadership abilities, Savannah's Bob Jepson, was recently re-appointed for another term as Georgia Ports Board Chairman.  Said he about GPA's record-setting year: "Significant momentum going into 2014, along with strong developments in GPA's customer base, and in the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, contribute to a powerful outlook for Georgia's ports." 

Georgia Ports Authority facilities support more than 352,000 jobs state-wide, and contribute 2 ½-billion-dollars in state and local taxes.  Along with our military, manufacturing, and tourism, we're thankful and proud to have Georgia's ports continue to play such a significant role in the economy and expansion of our coastal region.  

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