What is in this article?:
- Georgia Peanut Commission cuts ribbon on new headquarters
- Building features
• The new headquarters will assist the Georgia Peanut Commission in fulfilling its mission of educating consumers and telling the peanut farmers’ story.
The new building’s integrated systems include both passive and active Geo-Thermal Systems, Passive Solar Architectural Design and Engineering, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Solar Thermal Systems, Natural / Daylight Harvesting Systems, Rain and Condensate Harvesting, and so many other materials and methodologies that all contribute to the Cadmus Design-Build mission of “Building a Better Environment.” During the ceremony Debbie Cannon with U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office presented a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the GPC’s 50th anniversary.
Congressman Austin Scott commended the GPC on an excellent job and stated that he looks forward to continuing to represent them in Congress.
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black also presented Georgia Grown products to the GPC and stated that the department is having a Georgia state flag flown over the Georgia State Capitol in honor of the GPC.
The GPC was presented with congressional records on their 50th anniversary from Sen. Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Congressman Scott and Congressman Sanford Bishop.
“The commission is proud of the fact we have used local contractors and businesses in the construction of the new headquarters which has helped strengthen the economy in the south Georgia area,” said Armond Morris, GPC chairman and peanut farmer from Ocilla, Ga.
“The new headquarters will assist the commission in fulfilling its mission of educating consumers and telling the peanut farmers’ story.”
During the ceremony Don Koehler, GPC executive director, noted that the new facility lacks only one thing, “We’re absent of a mortgage because it’s paid for.”
He also said the cost of the building was $87 per square foot. “Not only does this building represent a huge commitment and achievement from Georgia’s peanut farmers, but it will serve as an achievement for the entire peanut and agricultural industry in Georgia,” Chase said.
“We have had numerous partners throughout the industry that have seen the value of the new headquarters and educating consumers about agriculture.”
The new headquarters has been made possible through sponsorships and a commemorative brick and bench program.
The sponsors include: Platinum level — Kelley Manufacturing Co. and Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing; Gold level — American Peanut Shellers Association, Birdsong Peanuts, Toto, USA, Inc., The FlintCo Family of Companies including Albany Tractor Company, Flint Equipment Company and Flint Power Systems; Silver level — Farm Credit, Lasseter Equipment Group and SunSouth.
Numerous farmers, organizations and business have all contributed to the building program by sponsoring a commemorative brick or bench.
For more information on the GPC building project, visit www.gapeanuts.com.