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Mary Carr Mayle

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Final Gulfstream G600 test aircraft takes flight from Savannah headquarters Tuesday

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced that the final aircraft in the Gulfstream G600 flight-test program has flown for the first time. Outfitted with a complete interior, the aircraft serves as a cabin testbed to ensure a superior customer experience. The aircraft is the fifth to join the G600 flight-test program since it began on Dec. 17, 2016.

The fifth and final aircraft in Gulfstream’s G600 flight test program takes off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Stephanie Lipscomb for Gulfstream)

Largest container ship ever to call on Savannah now due in port Friday

The largest container ship ever to reach the U.S. East Coast docked in Virginia on Monday and will wait out the stormy weather before setting sail for Savannah, where it is now expected Friday.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is unloaded Monday at the Virginia International Gateway in Norfolk. The arrival of the ship breaks the record for largest container ship ever to visit the East Coast. (Keith Lanpher/Port of Virginia via AP)

XPO Logistics honors Savannah driver for safety; biggest ship yet heads our way

XPO Logistics, Inc., one of the largest providers of less-than-truckload – or LTL — transportation in North America, has recognized professional driver William Henderson of Savannah for surpassing 3 million miles on the road without a preventable accident.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a total capacity of 14,855 TEUs, is the largest ship ever to come through the Panama Canal. It’s scheduled to call on Savannah in the next few weeks. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal)

Construction to start on Quick Start training center at megasite

Losing the Volvo plant to South Carolina two years ago was a tough pill to swallow, but the experience also produced some positives for economic development in the region.

Site work is underway for the $17.6 million Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Training Center on the Pooler megasite at Interstates 16 and 95. (Photos courtesy Georgia Quick Start)

Liberty County shines as economic development gem

When it comes to development authorities, Liberty County’s is far from the largest. But that fact hasn’t stopped it from being widely recognized as one of the best.

Elan Technology, headquartered in Liberty County, is Americas largest independent manufacturer of ceramic and electronic glass insulators used in the automotive, telecommunications, appliance, health, aerospace and defense industries. (Photo by Elan Technology)

Portside: A&R Logistics, Georgia Ports to partner on Savannah resin exports

A&R Logistics of Louisville, Ky., plans to open Savannah’s first export facility for plastic resins by the end of the year.

Ocean Terminal next to the Talmadge Bridge will be the location for a joint resin export operation by A&R Logistics and Georgia Ports (GPA Photo)

Safavieh’s $60 million Savannah expansion to create 200 new jobs

Another global company is betting on the growth of the Southeast — and Georgia’s ports in particular — for its future success.

Commissioners of Agriculture, Labor tour Savannah’s CCDS

Savannah’s Coastal Center for Developmental Services had an opportunity Tuesday to show off its award-winning employment programs for citizens with disabilities to two of the state’s top job providers.

Portside: More growth for port; ship apps let you watch

When Georgia Ports Authority Chairman Jimmy Allgood challenged GPA leadership to reach for a record 4 million TEUs in the coming year, he was talking about fiscal year 2018, which began July 1.

Georgia Logistics director Jannine Miller tapped for USDA position

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics is proving to be quite the career-maker, as yet another director is moving on to the national stage.

Veteran Savannah developer George Powers back in logistics business

There’s a new business taking shape at Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah River International Trade Park off Ga. 21.

As Savannah port grows, area industrial vacancy rates continue to shrink

Developers and logistics operators are scrambling to meet the demand for warehouse and distribution space to process and store the record amounts of cargo delivered daily to the Port of Savannah. The shortage of warehouse space is driving up rents and prompting much-needed speculative building.

Port of Brunswick another success story for Georgia Ports

For all the notoriety Savannah gets as the fourth largest and fastest growing container port in the country, we sometimes forget that Georgia Ports Authority has another impressive success some 100 miles down I-95.

GPA’s Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick is the second-busiest port in the country for roll-on/roll-off cargo. (GPA photo by Stephen B. Morton

Savannah business leader Bert Tenenbaum joins Jacksonville banking and advisory firm

Prominent Savannah business and community leader Bert Tenenbaum, whose family name is synonymous with steel in Savannah, has joined Jacksonville-based investment banking and financial advisory firm Heritage Capital Group as a principal.

STC students selected for culinary exchange in France

Five students from Savannah Technical College’s award-winning Culinary Institute have been selected to study in France this fall as part of an ongoing exchange program with the Academy of Toulouse.

STC Pastry students flex design chops with wedding cake final

Students in Savannah Technical College’s Baking and Pastry program had a tough final exam for their intensive, eight-week cake decorating course – design and decorate a three-tiered wedding cake that demonstrated at least seven of the 16 required decorating techniques they had learned.

Georgia Ports poised to grow with size of the container ships

After a record year, Georgia Ports Authority chairman Jimmy Allgood laid down a challenge to management.

The container ship MSC Chicago sails up river to the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Corps of Engineers finishes raised dike for dredge spoils

Although the physical evidence is often subtle, progress on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — or SHEP — continues at a steady pace, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has primary responsibility for the nearly $1 billion effort to deepen the Savannah River channel.

The raising of the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia, part of SHEP mitigation efforts, will be the subject of a program Wednesday night at 6:30 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. The program is free and open to the public. (Photo courtesy USACE)

Gulfstream parent says interest in business jets remains strong

Defense and aerospace giant General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) increased its earnings guidance for the year Wednesday as it reported a rise of nearly five percent in second quarter profits.

The Gulfstream G500, currently in flight test, is expected to earn certification in the fourth quarter of this year. (Gulfstream photo by Kathy Almand)

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center gets LEED Gold certification

The Savannah International Trade &Convention Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first convention center in Georgia to obtain gold level certification, according to trade center general manager Sherrie Spinks.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, located across the Savannah River from City Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Savannah Morning News file photo) The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, located across the Savannah River from City Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Savannah Morning News file photo)