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Star Business of the Week: WJ Kirksey Construction

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the Star Business of the Week: WJ Kirksey Construction!
WJ Kirksey Construction offers general contracting and commercial construction services in the Albany Area and beyond. With 15 years of experience, WJ Kirksey is focused on providing both quality construction and customer service. They are proud members of the Albany Area Chamber, utilizing their membership for increased exposure and connection to other area businesses.

Star Business of the Week: Winsupply

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the Star Business of the Week: Winsupply!

Winsupply of Albany is a full-service wholesaler specializing in plumbing. They carry a large inventory of high-quality products and serve a variety of customers, from general contractors to specialized technicians, and homebuilders to homebuyers.

As a locally owned company within a national organization, they offer not only the pricing and selection of a large supplier but also the local decision-making and flexibility of a small business.

Albany Area Chamber member Thrush Aircraft announces new aircraft, 125 new jobs

June 9, 2022

via Thrush Aircraft 

Thrush Aircraft, LLC
Mark McDonald

Thrush Aircraft announces certification of new aircraft model and corresponding production expansion 

Thrush Aircraft announces new aircraft, 125 new jobs

 ALBANY, GA — Thrush Aircraft, LLC, a leading aerial application aircraft manufacturing company, recently announced it has launched four certification programs for two engine and airframe configurations. These programs will combine their best 500-gallon airframe with additional engine options from Pratt and Whitney (PT6-34AG and PT6-140AG) to create their new 510P2 and 510P2+ aircraft. Both engines are integrated with single and dual cockpit versions of the airframe, historically used for their 510G model. 

The first of four configurations has been granted its Type Certificate from the FAA. The other configurations are planned for certification later this summer. Currently, Thrush has orders in place for 510P2 and 510P2+ models to be delivered to eight different countries. Performance data will be published on both models in June and July. 

Thrush has already established its new production line. By the time the first two type certificates are awarded, Thrush expects to have 12 aircraft completed and ready for delivery (about half -140 powered, half -34 powered). Thrush will hire more than 125 people over the next 12 months to grow its production capacity to meet the increased market demand. Thrush will continue to build and deliver the 710P aircraft, as that production line is not affected by the certification program. 

Mark McDonald, Thrush Aircraft’s CEO, commented, “The new P2 and P2+ deliver increased performance, productivity and reliability to our customers. We are continuing to invest in our production capacity to meet the growing demand for our products and services, and we are grateful for the positive initial feedback and the significant preorders from the marketplace.” 


About Thrush Aircraft 

Thrush Aircraft is preferred by more than 2,200 aircraft owners hard at work in more than 80 countries—trusted by individual owner-operators, large corporate fleet operators, as well as many governments around the world. To learn more about Thrush Aircraft, visit:, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube. 

Star Business of the Week – Reid Mathis: Allstate

The Albany Area Chamber is proud to recognize the Star Business of the Week – Reid Mathis: Allstate!

Reid Mathis: Allstate has been protecting the Albany Area through insurance coverage throughout two generations. Reid says his knowledge and understanding of the people in the Albany community are helpful in providing customers with an outstanding level of service. Reid is passionate about helping families protect the things that are most important – from loved ones, to homes, cars, boats and more.

Star Business of the Week: Procter & Gamble

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize this week’s Star Business, Procter & Gamble!

Procter & Gamble is celebrating 50 years in Albany, where a workforce of nearly 600 produces Bounty paper towels and Charmin bath tissue. The Albany plant is the primary supplier of Bounty and Charmin products to the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, producing as a plant enough product to sustain the consumption of those regions for an entire year. Already recognized as a high-output plant, P&G Albany increased production by 20 percent during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to its production role, P&G Albany is also a development site for Charmin products, responsible for gauging global consumer needs and translating those needs into product innovation.

Star Business of the Week: Griffin Lumber & Hardware

Griffin Lumber & Hardware was founded in 1898 as Cordele Sash, Door and Lumber Company, and has operated continuously since its founding. The business originally consisted of an esteemed window, sash, and door craft shop, and a big band sawmill in Cordele, Georgia.

In 2013, the company changed its name to Griffin Lumber & Hardware in order to better reflect its expansion, most notably with the addition of its second location in Leesburg, and a third location in Tifton. Today, Griffin operates a total of seven locations across Georgia, and offers full-service support for home improvement needs.

Star Business of the Week: Modern Gas

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week: Modern Gas!

Since 1954, Modern Gas has been the premier provider of propane service for both residential homes and commercial businesses in southwest Georgia. The company has expanded to include a retail division, offering customers an extensive list of items for the home including luxury spas,high-end grills and products for outdoor living. Modern Gas acquired Knight’s Appliances in 2019, adding major home appliances to their retail selection, rendering Modern gas a true “one-stop-shop” for all home needs – inside and out.


Star Business of the Week: NEOS Technologies

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, NEOS Technologies!

NEOS offers cybersecurity, cloud, and IT services to health care, government, education, small businesses and non-profits. NEOS values their Chamber membership because of the provided opportunities to join discussions, committees and events; and to have a voice in representing NEOS and the community.

Albany to host New Georgia Economy Tour in partnership with Georgia Chamber

April 28, 2022

Albany, GA  – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce will host an economic forecasting seminar in partnership with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as part of the statewide organization’s 2022 New Georgia Economy Tour. Presented by Wells Fargo, the New Georgia Economy Tour will gather input and data from all regions of the state to prepare a planning strategy for the future. The Region 10 event will be held in Albany on May 12 at Albany State University.

“The Albany Area Chamber is the leading advocacy organization for the Albany Area and its business community,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, President & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “The New Georgia Economy tour provides valuable information to assist our organization and our community in continuing to be at the forefront of economic trends in order to proactively plan for the future. We appreciate the Georgia Chamber’s commitment to ensure the voice of rural Georgia is heard and reflected.”

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education will be on hand for the event, with its president, Dana Rickman, presenting alongside Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark, followed by a panel discussion covering the economics of education.

“Our goal with the tour is to listen and collect information from hardworking Georgians that can help us plan a more resilient economy,” said Clark. “In 2016, we conducted a similar tour that identified key trends Georgia would face in the coming years. With the onset of COVID-19, factors that were to evolve over 10 years, rapidly took shape in 2020, demanding a re-evaluation of what we would need to consider in our planning for the next decade. This strategy will deliver some of those answers and help us prepare for the future.”

The regional event provides content specific to Georgia’s Region 10, comprised of Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole,Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties.

The event will take place on ASU’s East Campus, in the C.W. Grant Student Union, 100 Dennis Drive. Check-in begins at 7:30 am and the program begins at 8 am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. To register for the May 12 event, click here.

Star Business of the Week: Margaret Jo Hogg Alzheimer’s Outreach Center

Congratulations to the Star Business of the Week: Margaret Jo Hogg Alzheimers Outreach Center!

The Margaret Jo Hogg Alzheimers Outreach Center provides care to those experiencing Alzheimer’s or Dementia, as well as their families and care providers. Activities offered include craft activities, chair exercises, balloon volleyball, beachball kickball, music therapy, paws patrol visits and holiday and birthday celebrations. Business hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with hot lunching snacks provided every day.

The outreach center ensures care-providers are well-supported through a monthly support group, one-on-one family advising, educational materials, quarterly educational workshops and professional training sessions upon request.