Existing Business & Industries
Like most south Georgia towns, Turner County's economy once relied almost entirely on agriculture. Now, the Turner County Development Authority has recruited 8 new industries in the past 10 years. Everything from McElroy Metal, producing metal sheeting, Nationwide Fiberglass, the third largest manufacturer of fiberglass pools, Suncrest Stone, taking concrete and making it look like natural stone, Phoenix Wood Products which manufactures wooden shipping crates, and DDD Erosion that produces silt fencing to prevent erosion at construction sites.
Our largest employer would be Golden Peanut. The Golden Peanut facility in Ashburn is the largest producer of peanuts in the world! Golden sells the processed peanuts to Jif, Peter Pan and M&M Mars. They can store up to 20 million pounds of shelled peanuts in their cold storage at one time and they shell between 110,000 and 130,000 tons of peanuts each year.
Birdsong Peanut is an unique addition to Turner County's industrial force. They convert peanut hulls into an organic, aggregate, glandular product. This granular product is the "filler" for chemicals, fire ant repellent and kitty litter.
We are excited to announce that Custom Quality Blanching will be opening in late 2017. They will facilitate peanut blanching, roasting and granulating.
Our existing and new industry base recognizes the appeal that Turner County holds. For additional information contact Economic Developer, Stevi Thompson at 229-567-9696.