Connections for Distribution Business Success

Douglas-Coffee County is centrally located in proximity to a wide range of transportation options. This combines with the area’s low business costs and available workforce to create the ultimate advantage for distribution businesses. Douglas-Coffee is home to Walmart Distribution, Spectrum Apparel and Premium Waters.

Centrally Located, Nationally Connected

Douglas-Coffee County is located in close proximity to four different major interstate highways. Running north-south I-75 is only 45 miles away and I-95 is 86 miles away. East-west highways I-16 and I-10 are also within 100 miles of Douglas-Coffee. U.S. highways 221 and 441 run through the heart of Douglas, as do four major state highways.

For rail, the city is served by CSX Transportation, a Class 1 railroad that owns over 20,000 route miles and serves most of the East Coast, along with the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

To move product by sea, businesses have access to major ports in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia, as well as Jacksonville, Florida. All three are under 3 hours away. Less than 100 miles from Douglas, the Port of Brunswick is served by CSX and is the East Coast port of choice for roll-on/roll-off and agriculture products. The Port of Savannah has the distinction of being the largest single container terminal in North America and boasts 9,700 feet of contiguous berth space.

For taking to the skies, Douglas offers the Douglas Municipal Airport with a DMA runway, lighted runway, available jet fuel, hangars, and more.

No matter land, sea or sky, Douglas-Coffee County is connected to move products and people quickly across North America.

Available, Skilled Workforce

Coffee County has access to a large non-union labor force comprised of both Coffee County residents and the surrounding region. The entire labor-shed area for Coffee County includes a pool of more than 65,000 workers.

Nearby higher education institutions also ensure an ongoing stream of trained workforce for future projects.  Douglas-Coffee is served by both South Georgia State College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges, South Georgia State College’s core curriculum is designed to provide a broad general education. Over 20 Associates degrees are available in a variety of fields of study, including logistics and business administration.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia is home to the Center for Industry Excellence, which offers extensive workforce training in areas such as advanced automation, health and safety, and leadership development.

Georgia also provides workforce graining through its signature program Georgia Quick Start. Free to eligible companies, Georgia Quick Start is the oldest program of its kind in the U.S. It has successfully updated the skill sets of more than 1 million employees in 6,500 projects.

Every Quick Start training program is developed to meeting the specific needs of a business. Training can be held in classrooms, mobile labs, or onsite with the business. All training materials are given to the business for future use. In Douglas-Coffee, Quick Start is administered by Wiregrass Technical College.

Low Operating Costs

The State of Georgia was the first Southeastern state to pass single-factor corporate tax apportionment. This means in-state sales are the only factor in determining the portion of taxable income. Only 20 states (two in the Southeast) use only single factor apportionment. The state also does not tax income from sales to customers outside Georgia if it is not taxed by the customer’s state.

Coffee County and the City of Douglas also offer Freeport Exemption. This means raw materials, goods in process and finished goods that are marked for out-of-state shipment and held in Coffee County factories or warehouses are 100 percent tax exempt from ad valorem taxes. While Georgia Counties are able to set exemption at 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100 percent, Coffee County offers the maximum 100 percent exemption.

Sales tax in the county is 7 percent, including a 2 percent local sales tax, making it one of the lowest sales tax rates in the South according to the Tax Foundation. Additionally, industrial electricity rates in Georgia are approximately 17 percent below the national average based on information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Robust Incentives

Douglas-Coffee County and the State of Georgia offer a variety of incentives to benefit distribution businesses:

  • The Job Tax Credit offers strategic industries, including advanced manufacturing, 4,000 in annual tax savings per job for up to five years.
  • The Quality Jobs Tax Credit offers businesses that create at least 50 jobs in a 12-month period – at wages that are at least 10 percent higher than the county average – a tax credit of $2,500 to $5,000 per job.
  • Through the Investment Tax Credit companies in manufacturing that have operated in Georgia for at least three years are eligible to earn investment tax credits for upgrades or expansions.
  • The Port Tax Credit Bonus is available to companies that meet the requirements of the job tax credit or investment tax credit and increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by at least 10 percent over the previous base year. The tax credit adds $1,250 to the job tax credit.
  • Douglas-Coffee County Local Incentives offers information on local business incentives in Douglas-Coffee County.