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Former Deere building under watch by five manufacturing outfits

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Five manufacturing companies have expressed interest in purchasing a building owned by Deere in Georgia.
Five manufacturing companies have expressed interest in purchasing a building owned by Deere in Georgia.

A large-size facility in North Central that was formerly owned by John Deere has attracted the interest of five potential buyers, according to a published report.

Located in Rockdale, the building was closed in late 2009. One potential buyer flew in from an international site to see the facility, said Glenn Sears, executive director of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council. Located due east of Atlanta, the facility under Deere employed 300 people before dropping to a staff of 50.

"There will be more people in that facility," Sears said, also stating all five interested parties are part of manufacturing outfits. "One of the manufacturers, if they went in there, would be about 1,000" employees.

Measuring nearly 400,000 square feet, the building sits on 40 acres of land and has areas for warehousing and docking. Listed for $9.4 million, the large-size facility is attractive to companies looking for bigger buildings. Central Georgia thoroughfare Interstate 20 is nearby for shipping purposes.

"It's just an attractive building," Sears said. "A building like this - there's only one."

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