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Development authority still in talks with textile plant officials

A year ago Gov. Nathan Deal joined with local leaders to welcome PV Pittie Textiles officials to Screven County and Georgia with a groundbreaking ceremony in the county’s industrial park.
However, since that date in July 2014 residents have not seen much visible progression. But Screven County officials say that does not mean work on the project isn’t progressing.
“In July of 2014, SV Pittie Textiles asked Screven County Development Authority to assist them in planning a groundbreaking ceremony for their proposed spinning plant in Screven County Industrial Park,” said Dorie Bacon, executive director of Screven County Development Authority. 
“At the time, the company planned to begin construction in fall 2014,” Bacon said. “In late fall 2014, the company decided to expand their operations in India to meet immediate demand and asked to extend their agreement with Screven County through December 2015.  
“The Georgia Department of Economic Development and our local development authority have remained in contact with the company,” Bacon said. “The next milestone for the company to achieve in order to meet their new timeline would be in September.”
“Large industrial projects, especially international companies, often meet with unexpected delays,” said Screven County Development Authority Chairman Bobby Smith. “As a development authority, we are keeping lines of communication open with SV Pittie. We are also actively showing the industrial park to other prospects.
“I think it’s also important to mention the economic development successes that have happened in Screven County over the past few years,” Smith said. “We’ve welcomed Peeples Industries and Omega Piezo Technologies to Sylvania.  We have a great new partner in Milliken and they are making investments at the former King America facility.  Our long-time partners like Koyo continue to thrive. Savannah River Challenge has reopened. Our city and county are working together better than ever to make our community  a great place to do business.”
The PV Pittie plant was a $70 million investment and was projected to employ 250 at the yarn facility.
The facility is slated to be located in the county’s industrial park along Millen Highway.
The facility was to be the first global facility for PV Pittie.