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Leading Employers

Valdosta-Lowndes County is full of companies that have built strong reputations, high-quality products and a global reach. Surround yourself with strong, innovative industry leaders in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia.

Steeda Autosports

Steeda Autosports engineers and manufactures performance and appearance products for the Ford Mustang, Ford Fusion, Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta and Ford Edge. Major operation expansion took place in 2008 when Steeda opened the Valdosta facility set on 35 acres within Bassford Business Park, which includes a 100,000 sq. ft. building that houses additional design, engineering, manufacturing, and support operations, a 1.2 mile all weather test track, skidpad, brake test area, and dynamic road surface area are all apart of future development for Steeda’s facility in Valdosta. Steeda Autosports calls Valdosta-Lowndes County home. Learn more.

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South Georgia Pecan

South Georgia Pecan Company began in 1913 as a small shelling plant owned by the Pearlman family of Valdosta. In 1967, the company became a part of the Beatrice Food Group. With the breakup of Beatrice Foods in 1983, the current owners, Jim Worn and Ed Crane, purchased the company with a commitment to quality and service that has formed it into the industry leader that it is today.

South Georgia Pecan Company is committed to producing safe, top quality pecan products for our customers and consumers. We have four plants located within a 1.5 mile radius which are designed and segregated for certain process in the production of pecan products, which include cleaning/grading Inshell pecans, a shelling plant, a finished processing/packaging plant, and a shell grinding facility. South Georgia Pecan Company, located in Valdosta, Georgia is in the heart of Pecan Country. Learn more.

Langdale Industries

Beginning with one crop of turpentine timber on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in 1894, The Langdale Company has grown into a highly diversified enterprise that includes forestry, forest products and other affiliate companies that span the authomotive, banking, hospitality and land development industries. In the company’s first half century, it created economic opportunity for the communities in which it operated through the naval stores business. In the second half of that century, the company moved aggressively into manufacturing – and well beyond.

The Langdale Company’s evolution from that first acre to today has followed an unceasing quest to make the most of limited natural and human resources via innovation. Every year since the 1930s, the company has planted more trees than it has harvested, and in 2009 planted its’ one hundred millionth seedling. That progressive environmental stewardship provides wildlife habitat, clean air and clean water. Click here to learn more about Langdale Industries.

Home Depot Rapid Deployment Center

The Home Depot Rapid Deployment Center (RDC) 657,000 sq. ft. facility located on 89 acres in the Lake Park Industrial Park and serves approximately 150 Home Depot retail stores throughout the Southeast. The Home Deport RDC is built in such a way that inventory is brought in and put on a truck immediately; eliminating most of the need for storage and reinventing the way distribution is handled.

Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center

As the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, Lowe’s depends on a second-to-none network of talent and technology, to ensure our distribution operation runs smoothly and efficiently. Through Lowe’s distribution centers, thousands of products move continuously from the manufacturer, to our retail stores, and finally, to our customers.

SAFT America, Inc

SAFT is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry. The group is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics markets. SAFT is the world leader in space and defense batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. For more information, visit Saft.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

ADM owns and operates a soybean and cottonseed crushing facility, a cottonseed delinting facility, a vegetable oil refinery and packaging plant as well a trucking operation in Valdosta. These facilities connect the harvest to the home by processing soybeans and cottonseed into a variety of feed ingredients, cotton fiber and vegetable oils and then distributing them to customers through ADM’s expansive logistics network. Learn more.

Fresh Beginnings, Inc

Fresh Beginnings gourmet selections include a wide variety of Cookies, Brownies, Chocolate Candies and Nuts made just for your order. All of our Gourmet Cookies are fresh-baked and shipped the same day. More about Fresh Beginnings.

Packaging Corporation of America

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) Valdosta mill has one linerboard machine and produces about 457 thousand tons of 100% virgin, high-quality linerboard annually. Valdosta can produce a wide range of basis weights (35# through 90#), including many high-performance, wet-strength and other specialty grades. PCA Valdosta mill also produces a number of grades that are excellent for special printing and coating applications. This wide range of capabilities makes the Valdosta mill a truly exceptional linerboard producer. In fact, the mill has been independently judged to have the best printing quality 35# high-performance linerboard in the industry. Valdosta’s close proximity to the ports of Jacksonville, Florida; Fernandina Beach, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; and Brunswick, Georgia, make the mill ideal for exporting. Learn more about PCA.

 

Top 15 Employers:

Company                                            Type of Business                               

  • Moody Air Force Base                                   Military

  • South Georgia Medical Center                      Hospital

  • Valdosta State University                              Education

  • Lowndes County School System                   Education

  • Valdosta City School System                        Education

  • Lowe’s Distribution Center                            Distribution

  • Convergys Corp.                                          Sat. Dish Call Center

  • City of Valdosta                                            Government

  • Lowndes County                                          Government

  • Fresh Beginnings                                        Baked Goods

  • Langdale                                                     Forest Products

  • Packaging Corp. of America                        Kraft Paper

  • ADM                                                            Soybean Processing

  • Dillard’s Distribution Center                        Clothing/Retail Center

  • SAFT America, Inc.                                     Batteries

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