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April 9, 2012

New distribution company to open here

TIFTON — The Tift County Development Authority and the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Empire Distributors, Inc., a wholesale alcoholic beverage distributor, will open a distribution point in Tifton.

Tifton’s strategic location and business-friendly environment were major factors in the company’s decision, chamber officials said.

Empire Distributors was founded in Atlanta in 1940. Over the years, Empire has expanded its customer base throughout Georgia, North Carolina and into Tennessee.

In 2010, Empire was purchased by McLane Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. The company has approximately 1,000 employees in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

“We are pleased to welcome Empire Distributors into our community. Empire is a quality company founded on sound business principles. Empire Distributors will be an excellent addition to our distribution park,” said Brian Marlowe, president and CEO of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the Tift County Development Authority.

The company is building a new facility in Tift County’s distribution park located across from J.B. Hunt Trucking. The facility will serve as a distribution point to service the company’s Southwest Georgia network of customers. This project represents 18 plus new jobs and significant local investment.

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