2017-06-07 / Front Page

ScotBilt breaks ground for new plant in Millen

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Sam Scott, ScotBilt CEO, addresses those attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new facility in Millen. Sam Scott, ScotBilt CEO, addresses those attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new facility in Millen. ScotBilt, a provider of affordable HUD Code Manufactured Homes, broke ground for its new 128,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Millen on Thursday, June 1st. The new facility will be located at 1415 Chestnut Avenue, adjacent to the Cantsink Manufacturing solar farm. The facility will house the production of homes and incorporate state-of-the art equipment and processes.

Founded in 2004, Scot- Bilt has approximately 250 employees and contractors, employed at the headquarters in Waycross. The new facility in Millen will provide full-time employment for 50 individuals at opening with that number expected to increase to 75-100 by the end of the year, after HUD certification.

Jenkins County Board of Commission Chairman James Henry welcomed those present and recognized special guests in attendance. “It’s a great occasion. The large crowd in attendance today confirms the importance of the occasion,” Mr. Henry said.


ScotBilt broke ground on its new manufacturing plant in Millen on Thursday, June 1st. The new plant will be located at 1415 Chestnut Avenue, adjacent to the Cantsink Solar Farm. Participating in the ground-breaking ceremony, from left, were Mayor King Rocker, Roy Cook, Charlie Dempsey, Ed Fuller, Polly Dailey Ron Lewis, Shea Jones, Greg Scott-ScotBilt President, Sam Scott-ScotBilt CEO, Randy Hill, Dale Gilliland-ScotBilt General Manager, Jeff Brantley, Sen. Jesse Stone, Rep. Butch Parrish, Board of Commission Chairman James Henry and Jason Oglesby. 
(Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) ScotBilt broke ground on its new manufacturing plant in Millen on Thursday, June 1st. The new plant will be located at 1415 Chestnut Avenue, adjacent to the Cantsink Solar Farm. Participating in the ground-breaking ceremony, from left, were Mayor King Rocker, Roy Cook, Charlie Dempsey, Ed Fuller, Polly Dailey Ron Lewis, Shea Jones, Greg Scott-ScotBilt President, Sam Scott-ScotBilt CEO, Randy Hill, Dale Gilliland-ScotBilt General Manager, Jeff Brantley, Sen. Jesse Stone, Rep. Butch Parrish, Board of Commission Chairman James Henry and Jason Oglesby. (Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) In his remarks, Mayor King Rocker, who is also Chairman of the Jenkins County Development Authority, recalled how Jenkins County “lost everything in 2008” with the closing of the county’s industrial plants. “But we crawled back,” he said. “And I’m excited about ScotBilt being here. ScotBilt has committed to build their new facility in Millen and we are very excited for the opportunity to work with them. ScotBilt will be a key contributor to our local economy for many years to come.”

State Rep. Butch Parrish thanked ScotBilt officials for “their confidence in rural Georgia.” He also praised local leaders for “working together to make this happen.”

State Sen. Jesse Stone expressed the same sentiment, praising local leaders for their teamwork. “I hope this is the first of many more occasions such as this,” Sen. Stone said.

ScotBilt is owned 100% by the Scott Family with Sam Scott serving as CEO; Greg Scott as President; and Sherry Scott as Chairman of the Board. Dale Gilliland is the General Manager and CFO, and Shea Jones is the V.P. of Sales.

In his remarks, Sam Scott attributed the availability of quality employees with construction experience from the Millen area and the leadership of the Millen community and the Jenkins County Development Authority as deciding factors in locating the new manufacturing facility in Millen.

Dale Gilliland, gave a brief outline of how quickly he expected construction of the new facility to proceed. “I am hoping that within 90 days of the concrete being poured, the plant construction will be completed. And within 120 days, we will be seeking HUD certification,” he said.

Mr. Gilliland also noted that it was the company’s intention to hire employees locally as much as possible.

“ScotBilt is excited to be a part of the Millen/Jenkins County Community and family. We are a family organization with family values. We want to be a long term member of Millen and the surrounding community. ScotBilt will hire employees from the community. To date, we have not transferred any employees from Waycross, “he said.

“Bobby Walker has been hired as the production/plant manager. Chris Suggs has been hired as the operations/office manager. Dale Suggs has been hired as the purchasing manager. Donnie Purvis has been hired as an assistant production manager and foreman. Winton Fail, Randy Burke and Tonya Davis will also start in production leadership,” he added.

Greg Scott expressed excitement about the facility noting, “This isn’t a flash in the pan project. We’re investing in a major commitment here.”

ScotBilt and the Jenkins County Development Authority will host a job fair within three weeks of the plant’s opening to hire additional employees from the local workforce. Those hired will receive training through the Quick Start program.

ScotBilt officials indicated that the new facility will “foster the positive and team-based work environment ScotBilt promotes. For years to come, the new facility will enhance ScotBilt’s brand and help provide affordable houses and a means for citizens of Jenkins County to earn a good honest living,”

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