Astra participates in Cherokee County Schools Externship

Today, our VP of Operations, Allen Eison, is participating in the 2018 Externship Program for middle and high school counselors from the Cherokee County GA School District. Astra is a sponsor of the program to get the district to embrace the construction industry by educating counselors and educators on the opportunities available to students, specifically in skilled labor and management.

Funded by the State, the three-day educational program showcases various projects in each partners’ respective industries. Allen is covering our work for the Woodstock, Georgia & City of Woodstock – City Hall on the expansion of Woodstock City Park, which was completed last summer. Other partners and sponsors include R&D Mechanical, the City of Woodstock, Cherokee Office of Economic Development, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, CEFGA, Arrow_Exterminators, Batson Cook, Roytec Industries, Primus Builders, Inc., and Universal Alloy Corporation.

#communityoutreach #constructioneducation #tradejobs #astracares

Click here to read more about the program at the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News. 

The Patch.com also covered the program, click to read more.

Congratulations to our graduates!!!!

Astra had two interns graduate from Kennesaw State University this month – Colin Waldron and Preston York!

COLIN joined Astra as a Project Engineer in January 2017, but transitioned to an Assistant Project Manager in April 2018. He is graduating today with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and is planning to continue on with Astra in a full-time role as an Assistant Project Manager. Colin is currently working on many projects including the Lemon Street Pedestrian Bridge project in Acworth.

PRESTON graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in architecture and a certificate in business fundamentals. Since starting with Astra in November 2015, he’s worked on multiple projects including Level Creek Park, Georgia Tech’s Atlantic Promenade, Port of Savannah IMMC and the City of Woodstock’s Park & Amphitheater at City Center. After school, Preston plans to stay with Astra as an Assistant Project Manager.

#celebratingsuccess #astragraduates #weloveourinterns#whatsuccesslookslike

Earth Day Accomplishments!

We’re always celebrating our accomplishments especially when we’re helping to save the planet, reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging sustainable efforts – in and out of work.

In addition to reducing our overall footprint, we engage our employees’ efforts by:
• Bringing empty toner/ink cartridges to recycle at Office Depot/Office Max
• Recycling paper documents at our offices, including jobsite locations and plans, etc.
• Being more mindful about the documents we print (Saves trees and money)
• Printing double-sided copies whenever possible

Kudos to our employees who make this possible 

AGAP wins 2017 Hard Hat Safety Award from GUCA

Our Astra Grading and Pipe division (AGAP) division won Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Inc.’s 2017 Hard Hat Safety Award for 200,001-500,000 Man Hours Pipeline Contractor Award!!!

“The greatest benefit of a having a good safety program has to be the attitude of the employees. When employees know that the company is genuinely interested in their safety it shows in everything they do. They are more prone to giving that extra little percent when they feel that they belong to a company that they can be proud of and actually cares about their well being. Astra’s RIR has been lowered from 3.31 in 2016 to .65 in 2018 the lower RIR was just another benefit of a good safety program. Astra’s goal was never to lower the RIR. The intent was always to better protect, educate and care for our employees, after all an Astra employee is an Astra family member.”

Kudos to our safety team  JC Salas, Melanie Thomas and Chris Marshall!

Astra Attends Georgia Ports Authority Groundbreaking

Mega Rail Groundbreaking

[WOODSTOCK, GA, March 23, 2018—] Astra Group, Inc., team members were on site for Georgia Port Authority’s (GPA) Mason Mega Rail Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 27th at the Garden City Terminal. Attendees were greeted by Griff Lynch, Executive Director, and Jimmy Allgood, Board Chairman, as well as other members of the GPA Leadership Team, GPA Board Members, Mayors from Garden City and Savannah, and staff from Norfolk Southern and CSX.

“We have formed a great partnership with Georgia Ports Authority and look forward to delivering a successful project that affects not only the local economy, but also enhances the Port of Savannah which is an economic engine for the State of Georgia,” said Andrew Lindsay, President of Astra Group, Inc.

In January, Astra received its Notice to Proceed for the civil infrastructure portion of the $128 million rail expansion for the Port of Savannah’s International Multi-Modal Connector (IMMC) project at the Garden City Terminal in Garden City, Ga. This $35 million civil infrastructure project consists of providing soil improvements, earthwork, drainage and erosion control within and adjacent to the James D. Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), the realignment of a portion of Pipemakers Canal, installation of two (2) structures across the realigned canal to accommodate future rail tracks, and the installation of a bridge across the canal for maintenance. Part of the project is funded by FASTLANE, a federal grant program, that requires expedited delivery of infrastructure projects to support the growth of the economy and encourages use of American products.

The two (2) rail bridges across Pipemakers Canal will ultimately connect the Chatham and Mason rail yards, operated by CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads. This Mega Rail project will allow 10,000-foot trains to be loaded on terminal with containers double-stacked. The trains will increase the capacity from 500,000 container lifts per year to 1 million when the project is finished.

“The Mason Mega Rail project will expand rail capacity by 100 percent while reducing impact on the local community and throughout the supply chain,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.

The entire project is estimated for completion by the end of 2020.

“This project is a game changer,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Our team estimates the Mason Mega Rail Terminal will slash rail time to the Midwest by a good 24 hours, and present a viable new option for many manufacturers, shippers and logistics professionals.”

Allgood said unit trains make direct routes to distant markets more profitable for the railroads, which is a major factor in how the new capabilities of the Mason Mega Rail terminal will improve Savannah’s reach.

Astra Group, Inc., is a leader in Southeast in the delivery of general contracting and job order contracting to private, commercial, government and municipal entities. We operate from our headquarters in Woodstock with other offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tampa, Florida, employing more than 140 people with revenues of more than $100 million. We are comprised of three divisions – Astra Group, Inc., Astra Grading and Pipe, LLC, and Astra Construction Services, LLC. www.astragroupinc.com

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 439,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $25 billion in income, $106 billion in revenue and $2.9 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8.5 percent of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2017

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If you would like more information about Astra Group, Inc., please call Regina Pitts at (770) 992-9300, or email rpitts@astragroupinc.com.

If you would like more information about the Georgia Port Authority, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855, or email rmorris@gaports.com.