The ground breaking ceremony, hosted by the Mitchell County Development Authority, for the new Camilla AIMTRAC facility was held Wednesday, February 10. The new dealership will be over 26,000 sq. feet and will include a parts distribution warehouse, an extensive service area capable of handling all brands of equipment, an indoor equipment showroom, as well as a training facility for staff. AIMTRAC will open its doors to local organizations to host meetings, events and customer-related seminars in a clean and comfortable climate-controlled environment. We expect to finalize construction by fall 2011, weather permitting.
Dusty Patterson, the Regional Development Manager for CASE IH and Tom Owen, Director of Network Development for CASE IH, approached the former Director of the Mitchell County Development Authority (MCDA), Marilyn Royal, in September 2008 about opportunities for investment in Mitchell County, as well as available land. After careful consideration, they decided the ideal location for a new agricultural dealership was on Hwy 37, known locally as “Ag Row”.
Case IH selected Mitchell County because of the vast acreage in agriculture, strong diversity of crops, high farm income and access to irrigated acres for consistent crop yields. AIMTRAC and Case IH believe that by installing a “best in class operation”, growers will welcome a higher level of customer service and partner with a company offering progressive solutions to help them enhance their operations.
In the fall of 2009, Case IH presented a dealership plan to Tommy Hilliard and Marilyn Royal for a new dealership group that Case IH was preparing to install in South Georgia. Under confidentiality, MCDA worked with Case IH and AIMTRAC founders to help locate and acquire the business formerly known as T&T Ag Parts and Service, as well as additional land adjacent to the property. With approval from Brian Weaver (Sales Director for Case IH) and Nick Mast (CNH Capital), AIMTRAC began operations in Camilla this past fall. The location is staffed with several Mitchell County natives, including Timmy and Tony Harrell leading the service and parts departments, as well as Clayton Bullard and Graham Ginn in sales.
Once completed, AIMTRAC will provide an atmosphere for supporting Southwest Georgia agriculture and related affiliations like nothing the area has seen before. It fully demonstrates Mitchell County’s support of new agricultural businesses and certifies AIMTRAC’s investment and dedication to surpassing the expectations of the growers and producers of Mitchell County and South Georgia.
It is because of the dedication to its citizens that the Mitchell County Development Authority played such a key role in both procuring the location and providing input as to how to best meet the needs of the agriculture industry of Mitchell County. We want to express our gratitude to all of those involved in getting us to this point and to make a promise that we intend to not only be a successful contributor to the community but one of its strongest assets.