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Mary Carr Mayle

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Savannahians among Georgia Trend’s ‘most influential’

Georgia Trend magazine’s much-anticipated annual list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians is out – and area leaders are well-represented in 2017’s version.

Special photo W.Todd Groce, President and CEO Georgia Historical Society.

Savannah airport posts record passenger numbers for 2016

Undaunted by Hurricane Matthew, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers in 2016, finishing the year with nearly 2.2 million total passengers, an 8-percent increase over 2015.

Authority looks to expand trade center

With a new convention hotel already on the horizon for Hutchinson Island, the board of the Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority is ready to begin the initial phase of expanding the island’s 16-year-old trade and convention center to accommodate the larger groups that new hotel is expected to help draw.

Ruel Joyner of 24e named Georgia Retailer of Year

Ruel Joyner, whose 24e Design Co. on Broughton Street started as a local furniture store and has evolved into an award-winning leader in the boutique home furnishings industry, has been named the 2016 Georgia Retailer of the Year by the Georgia Retail Association. 

Ruel Joyner's 24e, featuring an eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories, has earned him Georgia Retailer of the Year honors for 2016. (Photo courtesy of Small Business Assistance Corp.)

Allegiant to add service to Louisville

Allegiant Air will add Louisville, Ky. to its growing list of seasonal direct flights to Savannah, beginning in late May, the company announced Tuesday.

Brasseler awarded multi-million dollar contract

Savannah-based Brasseler USA has been awarded a contract valued at up to $12 million to provide “consumable dental items” to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.

SEDA returns 14 parcels to county property tax digest

Last week, in his annual address listing the Savannah Economic Development Authority’s accomplishments, for the past year, SEDA president and CEO Trip Tollison noted that the authority returned more than a dozen parcels of land to the Chatham County tax digest at the end of 2016.

Portside: Logistics summit, foreign trade conference on must-do lists

If you’re a member of our maritime or transportation community, you know it’s time to make plans to attend two of 2017’s premier conferences on foreign trade and logistics.

SEDA celebrates another successful year with Top 10 achievements

When a farmer plants a particular type of bamboo seed, it has to be watered every day for more than four years before anything even emerges from the ground.

Greg Bell speaks at the SEDA 2017 Annual Meeting breakfast held at the Trade Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Airport concessions get upgrade for 2017

Frequent fliers coming through the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this year will be treated to a variety of new food, beverage and retail options, including several local favorites.

Emily Wilson, manager of The Salt Table’s new store in Savannah Square at the airport, says the location had a soft opening Tuesday. “We don’t even have our sign yet, but people have been coming in,” she said. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

UGA report: State economy will continue growing in 2017

Georgia’s economy is expected to continue growing this year and beyond, according to Georgia Economic Outlook forecast from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

Quality workmanship has made Clark & Sons a Savannah Stalwart

We do steel fabrication and erection for both residential and commercial clients – everything from steel columns and bar joist to decking and ornamental iron. We are also an authorized dealer for Jerith Aluminum Fence.

Ron Clark of Clark & Sons says he’s proud of the company’s quality of work, which stresses workmanship and dedication. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Restaurant Equipment Co.

We are a full-service business specializing in the sales of equipment and smallwares to the hospitality and food service industry.

David Dougal (sales), Lonnie Harley (sales), Steven Bernstein (owner), Jeff Carey (senior leader of sales), William Chaviz (sales) are a few of the key members of Restaurant Equipment Co. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Roger Wood Foods

From humble beginnings in 1933, Roger Wood now sells more pounds of smoked sausage than anybody at the retail level in the southeastern United States. According to Nielsen and IRI, we have the No. 1 market share at retail in the southeast with our Original Lumberjack Smoked Sausage!

A fleet of early Roger Wood delivery trucks lined up at the plant (Photo courtesy Roger Wood Foods)

Savannah Stalwart: Russo's Seafood

Charles J. Russo Sr. and Antoinette Russo opened the business in 1946, according to Charles J. Russo Jr., who joined the family business after graduating from Benedictine Military School in 1961 and working briefly on a Salmon boat in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Charles Russo Jr. of Russo’s Seafood. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Portside: November container traffic up at GPA, wood-eating larvae intercepted

Fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority this week reported a nearly 6 percent increase in total container traffic for the month of November, with loaded containers – an indicator of overall economic strength – up 11 percent.

More than 300,000 container units moved through the Port of Savannah in November, an increase of almost 6 percent. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JCB gets $62 million contract for Army forklifts

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded JCB Inc. of Pooler a 10-year, $62.7 million contract for what the Army describes as “light capability rough terrain forklifts with ancillary equipment, operator and maintenance training and fielding services.”

Savannah Stalwart: Bernard Williams Insurance

We are most proud of the experience and professionalism of our employees. Our staff has over 600 years of combined training and experience. No other insurance agency in Savannah can claim that.

Alan Williams (Senior VP), R. Allen Williams (Senior VP), Dick Williams (C.E.O.), Rob Bowden (Senior VP), Robert Daniels (C.O.O.) Not pictured: Charles McCoy (Senior VP) (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: NLaws Produce

NLaws Produce is a foodservice distributor of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, dried fruits, spices and related items. We handle a complete line of products, and specialize in hard-to-get items. We offer the highest quality and service available with multiple daily deliveries.

Jay Epstein and Steve Kaplan, co-owners of NLaws in front of one of their trucks at their headquarters off of Hwy. 80. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Regional economy continues healthy expansion

There’s good news and not-so-good news for the region in Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, set for release Monday.