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Deal: Coyote MFG Co. to create 100 jobs in Berrien County

Deal: Coyote MFG Co. to create 100 jobs in Berrien County

May 1, 2014

Local start-up to invest $2.5 million into Nashville facility that will manufacture boat parts

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Coyote MFG Co. will create 100 jobs over the next two years and invest $2.5 million into a manufacturing facility in Nashville.

“As governor, it has always been a priority of mine to make Georgia’s business climate the best in the nation and to create jobs for hard-working Georgians,” said Deal. “Entrepreneurs are increasingly choosing Georgia as their top location due to our highly skilled workforce, vast array of natural resources, strong infrastructure and pro-business environment. I’m proud that Coyote has chosen to expand here, as it shows the strength and vitality of Georgia’s start-ups and manufacturing industry.”

Coyote MFG Co. will open a 109,000-square-foot facility that will manufacture steel and aluminum boat trailers, arches, leaning posts and Ttops. Hiring has already begun and operation began on April 28.

“We appreciate all the support from the local businesses, the city of Nashville, Berrien County and the state of Georgia,” said David Money, co-founder, Coyote MFG Co. “There is a vast abundance of available workforce in the area, and we have had an overwhelming response from qualified applicants. We look forward to growing Coyote Manufacturing in this great community.”

Coyote Manufacturing was an entrepreneurial start-up between David Money and Tony Lanier. The company will take advantage of Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program.

Over the past decade, Georgia has ranked No. 2 for states experiencing the largest increases in entrepreneurial activity. More than 97 percent of companies in Georgia employ fewer than 100 people.

Michelle Shaw, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) senior project manager, worked on this project on behalf of the state, along with the Berrien County Development Authority, to assist the company.

“The Berrien County Development Authority is excited to have Coyote Manufacturing, a locally owned industry, start a new manufacturing business in our community,” said Paul Hamilton, chairman of the Berrien County Development Authority. “This partnership between another longtime industry in our county, Chaparral Boats, and Coyote Manufacturing is a great example about how community partnerships and business relationships can be formed for the benefit of everyone here in Berrien County.  David and Tony both have a track record of success with prior businesses, and I am grateful for their leadership in taking on this new venture.”

“We are committed to providing the best possible business environment for companies who are looking to grow,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Georgia ranks as one of the best states in which to start a business, and innovative, homegrown manufacturing companies, such as Coyote Manufacturing, are finding access to a skilled labor pool and an extensive network of industry resources.” 

About Coyote MFG Co.

With limited choices of manufacturers of aluminum fabricated boat parts within the United States, Coyote decided to capitalize on the need. The lone known direct competitor is located in Michigan and primarily focuses on manufacturing automotive parts with boating parts manufacturing as a distant secondary component. Therefore, Coyote MFG Co. will not only be entering into an arena basically devoid of direct competitors, but it will also manufacture and produce specialized products to meet a market need. It will do so at a much lower cost due to savings amassed by the company in labor (lack of labor union workers), lower land costs, and lower costs of shipping the finished product since most of the buyers are located in Florida, just one state away from this new company. 

Coyote MFG Co. will build aluminum fabricated boat parts as well as aluminum and steel boat trailers in its plant in Nashville, Ga. The Coyote MFG Co. was incorporated in late August of 2013 and just began actual production on April 28. Coyote MFG Co. was created by David Money and Tony Lanier, both natives of Nashville.