She’s back, or soon will be! Hannah Mullins will return to Metter on Dec. 1 to serve as the executive director of Candler County Industrial Authority, a position she previously held from 2014-2016.
Mullins, who presently serves as executive director of the Banks County Development Authority, said the “stars aligned” to bring her and her family back to Metter.
“I am excited,” she said, “but the kids are beyond excited.” Her son Rusch is currently in 5th grade and Arrington is a kindergartener.
“We are all so thrilled to be coming back. This is where we feel at home,” she said. “Every time we visit, we all feel like this is where we belong.”
Brian Tootle, chairman of the Candler County Industrial Authority, said, “We were very impressed with her when she was here previously. She simply thought she had a better opportunity to pursue when she left.”
After Mullins resigned from the CCIA, Tootle said, “We heard nothing but positive things from local people and key industrial players around the state about working with her. She truly loves Metter and supported things here even when she worked elsewhere.”
During her time in Metter, Mullins was instrumental in the location of Linzer Products’ fifth and largest U.S. plant in the former RR Donnelley building on Hwy. 46 East. She was also actively involved in the establishment of CPE America’s U.S. headquarters at the formerly vacant spec building in the Industrial Park and later the location of CPE’s partner company, Everdigm, a South Korean based company, into Metter offices. These efforts brought approximately 250 new jobs to the community.
Also during Mullins’ prior tenure, Candler County received its GRAD certification and unveiled a new community website and professional marketing materials.