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Kayla (with scissors), and Austin Woods and their young son Beau welcomed a large crowd of well-wishers to the new home of their business, Atlanta Motive Power System (AMPS), in the Legacy industrial park here Friday. The new facility is 20,000 square feet and another of the same size is planned. Attendees enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and a barbecue lunch. Much more growth in the park is anticipated in the near future. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Barnesville’s newest industry is both unique and innovative

Ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies were conducted Friday at Atlanta Motive Power Service (AMPS), Barnesville’s newest industry. Owners Austin and Kayla Woods, along with their young son Beau, welcomed a large crowd of well-wishers who enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and a barbecue lunch.

AMPS is located in a section of the Kenny Roberts Legacy industrial park and is the number one reseller of Eternity Technologies batteries in the southeast. The company also services all makes of forklift batteries and chargers. AMPS personnel do onsite cleaning and maintenance of all types of industrial batteries and chargers which increases production and eliminates downtime for customers.

AMPS started up nine years ago in a building near the Yancey operation in Griffin but quickly outgrew that space. It’s crews service forklifts and other equipment at 19 Coca-Cola plants among other customers.

“Batteries gets serviced every two weeks. We go in and water the batteries, clean them and service chargers and other equipment all in an environmentally sound manner. We will be nine years old in January and have never had an accident,” Austin Woods said.

There is considerable new business on the horizon with all the warehouse facilities springing up along I-75 so the future is bright.

The new AMPS building is 20,000 square feet and Woods hopes to build another of the same size right across the street soon. The building is in an area of the park being developed by Lester Ranew. Austin reported a large battery manufacturing concern could locate nearby in the near future.

“We are a zero debt company. Lester stepped up and made sure this building was done right and we are so thankful for him,” Woods added.

Ranew said four more buildings are planned in the area which could be home to 100 or more jobs in the near future.

AMPS will soon launch a service for the everyday consumer as well.

“Instead of going to Autozone or someplace like that, you will be able to pull up here in your car, truck or golf cart or pull your boat, tractor or other heavy equipment in and we can professionally clean and service your battery. If you need a new one, we will have it in stock and install it for you right here,” Woods said.

The new operation is the culmination of longtime dreams and a lot of hard work for the Woods family who live in Pike County but are looking for land here.

“We are open every day. I am here from dark to dark. We are excited. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. And, we will be hiring again in the near future. All you need is a clean driving record and be 21,” Woods concluded.

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