The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday that Hagler Systems, a manufacturer of dredging and mining pumping systems, will move it operation from South Carolina to the former Sand Bar Ferry Road Building in Augusta.
Bob Hagler, President of the company, said the 62,000SF building at the intersection of Sand Bar Ferry Road and Interstate 520 is the ideal location for the company’s current and future needs.
Hagler Systems provide dredging and mining equipment and technical services to the North American dredging and mining markets. The latest order for the company is for Suncor Energy of Canada for a 450-ton dredge operation, and will be the first to be built in the new Augusta building.
According to the Augusta Economic Development Authority, the company currently employs 117 people, including over 60 manufacturing personnel, more than 30 engineers and more than 20 administrative and sales personnel. An additional 40 employees may be added within the year, according to the company.
Total investment for the new facility is expected to exceed $6,500,000, with a planned expansion of the Sand Bar Ferry Road facility.
“This is good news for the manufacturing community in Augusta,” said Walt Sprouse, Executive Director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority. “This building had been empty for several years, but had a perfect location on 14 acres of land at a major Interstate highway interchange. We were pleased to have worked with Bob and Ben Hagler and playing a part to bring this company to Augusta.”
Henry Ingram, Chairman of the Authority, said, “Thanks to those people and organizations that assisted in the location of Hagler Systems to Augusta, including the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Augusta Planning and Zoning people, Augusta Utilities, Georgia Power, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development”.