2016-07-20 / Front Page

Wells Lighting plans for Jockey building in question

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Plans that Wells Lighting, USA, Inc. had to locate its American headquarters in the former Jockey building on Hwy. 25 are now in question. 
(Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) Plans that Wells Lighting, USA, Inc. had to locate its American headquarters in the former Jockey building on Hwy. 25 are now in question. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) The Jenkins County Development Authority announced this week that the plans Wells Lighting, USA, Inc. had to locate its American headquarters in the former Jockey building on Hwy. 25 North have not materialized.

Currently, the Korean-based lighting manufacturer has a 5-year lease with a purchase option on the building, which was signed in December 2015. At that time the company was to begin operations in March 2016 and they prepaid the lease payment for March and April 2016. In April 2016, they requested a 5-months extension until September 2016, but no further lease payments have been received by the Development

Authority.

Wells Lighting cited delays in contracts that had been expected to be produced in the Millen facility as the reason for the requested extension.

“Since the company is not current on their lease, the Development Authority granted Wells Lighting their extension but reserved the right to show the property to other interested parties. Wells was granted a first right of refusal,” said Hiller Spann, Chairman, Development Authority.

The company first announced plans in March 2015 to locate its American headquarters in Millen, initially creating 100 jobs and investing $20 million into the project over the next year. During a press conference in April 2015, it was announced that the company would begin hiring within 90 days approximately 200 persons for the new facility. Within three years that number was expected to be around 700.

“While the Development Authority remains hopeful that Wells Lighting, USA, Inc. will locate in Jenkins County, 15 months of delays since the signing of the contract in December 2015, have put that outcome in question. The Development Authority will continue to keep the community informed as new information becomes available,” Mr. Spann.

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