There are many reasons to love Georgia
Georgia is an American state with more than 3,000 companies from over 50 countries. It is a logistics hub between North, Central and South America – with Hartsfield Jackson, the world’s largest passenger airport, two deep-sea ports and the most comprehensive network of roads and rails in the entire United States. Just last year, $ 35.9 billion in exports and $ 72 billion in imports went through the ports of Georgia.
Why Atlanta is our First Choice
There are 50 States and 388 US Metropolitan Areas but we chose Metro Atlanta for Atlanta Bourbon Company’s First Production Facility, considering its strategic location of market access. Georgia has just recently liberated its laws for micro distilleries, and Atlanta’s location is simply ideal due to following facts:
Georgia Bourbon Market
Authenticity is everything today, and Bourbon, with its long history and made-in-America honesty, is as authentic as it gets deeply rooted in American history. In absolute numbers, the Bourbon industry’s $8 billion in global sales is still relatively modest. (The Coca-Cola company alone has 16 drink brands with annual sales above $1 billion.) And, outstanding is the current growth rate of hand crafted bourbons / domestic whiskey sales.
Georgia Logistic Hub
Metro Atlanta is the 9th largest metro area in the US, estimated to grow to the 7th largest metro area in the US by 2040. More than 80% of U.S. consumers can be reached from Atlanta in two flight hours or two truckload delivery days. 4 of the top 10 warehouse providers in North America are headquartered in Georgia. Considering our Phase 2 planning of establishing a Distilling School, accessibility for our our students and visitors is of essential consideration.
Georgia Appalachian Water
The Appalachian mountains were formed over 480 million years ago. Their cool, clear waters in the Appalachians appear to be pristine.
Georgia Local Products
The Peach State is home to 42,258 farms encompassing more than 9.5 million acres of land, each with an average size of 228 acres. The land is rich with a variety of soils ideal for agriculture. This combined with the fact that most of the state has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot moist summers, Georgia is an ideal place to farm a variety of commodities and first class products.
Georgia Location & Climate
Bourbon is aged in so called rick houses that are not climate controlled. The changes in temperature in the Southern US (including very hot summers and very cold winters) are a major factor for aging liquor in and out of pores of the white oak wood barrel to give Bourbon its smooth flavor. In areas, such as i.e. Scotland, where temperature differences are moderate, aging cycles may need years longer to achieve a comparable vanilla aroma.
Georgia Investment Perspectives
The State of Georgia is offering innovative business incentives adding savings to the already low cost of doing business in the state. Robust tax credit programs can reduce (or even eliminate) a company’s state corporate income tax for several years.
But, Georgia has a lot more to offer beside being a international business hub and cultural center of the American South. The Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm is summarizing advantages for new business investment and locating new markets for Georgia products, as well as attracting tourists to Georgia.