Golding tax break gets OK

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 29, 2015

A tax exemption for Golding Barge Lines’ estimated $4.75 million expansion at its property on Lee Street has received final approval by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The board in October conditionally approved Golding’s application pending approval by the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

The application filed by Golding Brothers Development, a company headed by Stephen D. Golding, sought the exemption for Golding’s 14,000-square-foot building complex being built on a 17.3-acre tract next to the company’s present building at 101 Lee St. The new facility is equipped with air conditioning units that can be raised and lowered in the event of flooding to allow electrical to work even if the building takes on water.

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“We are pleased that we do business in a community and a city that’s willing to help us be successful in more ways than one,” said Austin Golding, Golding’s marketing, sales and customer service manager.

“This tax exemption helps us make the most of our resources and our ability to compete on a national scale with companies that are all bigger than us. We are the smallest company in the country that does what we do on the scale we do.”

He called the city’s support a blessing, adding, “We also are indebted to the community for the type of young man they send in here through the front door here to apply for work. We’re going to put all the effort and resource we can to put as many people to work from around this area of the country as possible and continue to grow.”

Golding said the company’s new building includes an office building and a receiving building that will act as a warehouse and parts distribution center.

Started in 1995 by Steve Golding, Golding Barge Line specializes in transporting refined petroleum products, petro-chemicals and chemical products throughout the U.S. inland waterway system.

The company has experienced growth in the past five years, going from 97 employees in 2010 to an estimated 215, and anticipates reaching 230 by the end of the year.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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