Businesses that consider Wayne County will find a positive business climate with ready access to all the auxiliary services that industries need: banking, accounting and financial services, warehousing and transportation, construction, technical services, and more. Wayne County is a Georgia-designated Entrepreneur-Friendly Community with proven commitment to assisting businesses both small and large. The Wayne County IDA also strives to support existing industries and their growth in this community.
Many of our existing industries also are of a complementary nature. Wayne County’s largest industrial employer, cellulose products manufacturer Rayonier Advanced Materials, is a major purchaser of raw materials such as locally grown timber. Rayonier's activities support approximately 1 million acres of working forests in Wayne County and across Southeast Georgia. Even so, other industries find Wayne County attractive for its superior logistical advantages and the quality of life available to executives and their employees.
Wayne County businesses operate within a right-to-work state and have low union membership. Additionally, Georgia has been named the top state for doing business eight years in a row by Area Development magazine and the best state climate for business for a record eight years in a row by Site Selection magazine.
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Wayne County is attractive for investors considering expansion. Wages are moderate compared to other areas in Georgia and the nation. In Wayne County, it is possible to lower business costs while offering competitive wages for qualified workers.
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Source: Georgia Department of Labor, Q3 2021; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021