Currently, the largest employment sectors in Pierce County are service (32.2%), retail trade (25.2%), and wholesale trade (12.4%). With 95% of Pierce County agricultural and timber land being unincorporated, we welcome other industries to our community.

Top 10 Largest Private Employers

Employer Industry Sector Employees
West Fraser (former
Gilman Building Products)
Manufacturing 165
Stewart Distribution Warehousing/Distribution 150
Thom’s Transport Logistics 146
Progress Rail Manufacturing   70
UPS Logistics   70
MAC 44 Trucking Logistics   68
Composite Research
(Sundance Boats)
Manufacturing   60
American Egg (Cal Maine Foods) Manufacturing   55
Southeast Pipe Survey Manufacturing   53
Pierce Timber Company Wood Procurement   48

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Top Public Employers

Employer Employees
Pierce County Board of Education 442
Pierce County Commissioners 118
City of Blackshear   34
City of Patterson     7

A number of photographs used throughout this website have been used courtesy of:
The Blackshear Times
Casey Jones
Jennifer Carter Johnson
Wayne Morgan Artistry

Our Offices

Matt Carter
Executive Director
Pierce County Economic Development Authority

Pierce County Industrial Park Businesses

City of Blackshear's Industrial Park

City of Patterson's Industrial Park

Thom’s Transport Co.

Gilman Building Products

ACE Pole Co.

Southern Press and Packing, LLC

Southeast Pipe Survey

Progress Rail Services


Daystar Composites LLC

Pierce County Industrial Development Authority

Matt Carter
Executive Director

200 SW Central Avenue, Blackshear, GA 31516
t: 912.807.7432
f: 912.449.7045

Mission Statement

“To actively pursue opportunities for growth, job development, and quality of life for Pierce County.”

Vision Statement

“To improve the quality of life in Pierce County through job creation by developing existing resources and emerging markets.”