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November 3--  Governor Nathan Deal publicly acknowledged the award of $500,000 OneGeorgia EDGE Grant funds to the Toombs County Development Authority for the US Pet Nutrition, LLC project as part of the Celebrating Rural Georgia day in Tifton.

The Toombs County Development Authority formally received $500,000 EDGE grant funds to assist with the construction of a wastewater pre-treatment facility that will serve US Pet Nutrition, LLC.  The site is located in the Toombs Corporate Center, US Highway 1, North of Lyons.  US Pet Nutrition, LLC produces high-end pet food.  The Toombs County facility will employ 150 persons with a $25 million investment.

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Pictured left to right are:  Ryan Waldrep - Project Manager - Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment, Georgia Department of Economic Development;  Buddy West – Chair, Board of Commissioners of Toombs County;  Willis NeSmith – Member, Lyons City Council; Rick Hartley - City Manager, City of Lyons;  Governor Nathan Deal; Bill Perez - General Manager, US Pet Nutrition, LLC;  Bill Mitchell - Executive Director, Toombs County Development Authority; B.J. Davis - Chair, Toombs County Development Authority