New Industry comes to Sumter Counthy—Twice

Published 4:36 pm Monday, October 19, 2020

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By Tracy K. Hall



AMERICUS – New industry is coming to town! It has taken over a year’s worth of hard work and dedication
but the professionals at the Sumter County Development Authority (SCDA) have done it. The
success isn’t limited to only one industry, Sumter County will be the home to two new industries.
The first, TLC Associates, will bring with it 1000 jobs. TLC Associates is a call center and will be
housed at the industrial complex. The jobs will offer a competitive wage, profit sharing, benefits
and commission. Workers will be evaluated for raises every 6 months and the potential for
advancement is great. The company intends to offer work at home opportunities as well as on-
site jobs.
The second industry is B&D Foods, a frozen foods processing plant. Various types of
employment will be offered. Production workers as well as those versed in research and design
could find a vocational home at B&D Foods. The company plans to start out hiring at least 100
people, with a great potential for additional employment opportunities in the future.
Rusty Warner serves as the executive director of the SCDA. Rusty is excited about all the assets
Sumter County has to offer. With a background in real estate, Rusty is very much versed in
selling Sumter County to potential investors. He has several attractive features to highlight. Rusty
includes South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern, a great team of health care
providers, agri-business and a renewable energy option are some of the top sellers. However
always on top of Rusty’s attraction list are our people. Rusty refers to our residents as “the root of
the county.” “The people who live here have some of the best minds—both retired and existing
workers.” Susan Warner, who also works for SCDA, reports there is very seldom a problem this
community can’t come together and solve. Capitalizing upon this strength is imperative to the
future economic growth of Sumter County.
Paul V. Hall, the Chairman of the SCDA, is grateful for the work Rusty and Susan have done.
He is also aware and appreciative of the investment both TLC Associates as well B&D Foods are
making in Sumter County. “Hard work and dedication are beginning to pay off and we are
looking for even brighter days in the future.” In agreement with Rusty and Susan, Paul also
reports his work is more effective when everyone understands their piece in making new industry
happen. “Sumter County must work together for the betterment of the entire community in
order to provide a promising future for every resident.” Also serving on SCDA’s board are Mike
Donnelly, Teresa O’Bryant, Bill Harris, Sr. and John Shealy. To learn more about our new
industries please visit and Hiring has already begun for