Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

Macon County’s Business Development Center will be getting a new tenant at the beginning of the year after the Macon County Board of Commissioners approved a lease with Major Display, Inc, last week.

Major Display, which originally started in Macon County and has been operating in Rabun County, Georgia, for the last year plans to return operations to the county and was in need of additional office space.

The business, which builds custom scoreboards for counties and schools across the country – including all the signage at Macon County’s Parker Meadows Recreation Facility – currently employs nine people. Major Display recently leased 15,000 square feet in the Industrial Park, sharing one third of the former SKS facility with TekTone. The company was in need of office space, which commissioners approved last Tuesday night at a rate of $3 a square foot or $288 per month for Unit E of the development center.

“We are excited to be back in our home town. A year ago Macon County commercial real estate did not have available property space for us to expand,” said Glen Whittaker with Major Display. “Today we have the opportunities from the Caterpillar closing that give us the ability to grow. Business for Major Display is exciting, we have developed industry leading technology in the sports scoreboard and spectator interaction. The industry has taken notice of the significant advantages of our products and we have projects currently in Ohio, Florida, California, Texas, British Virgin Islands and others.”

Major Display had been operating in the Rabun County business park, but with another businesses’ plan to expand, Major Display was able to cancel their lease with the county and relocate  to Macon. “Rabun Gap has maintained a larger relationship with Parkdale Mills. Their expansion within Rabun Gap facility gave Major Display an opportunity to exit its lease and move back to Macon County,” said Whittaker.

With the additional office space in the county’s business development center, Whittaker believes the company will continue to expand. “Our move to the Macon County Industrial Park is an ideal location for Major Display. With proper facilities, ease of supply and product shipments, proper electrical and fiber internet, we have no limitations on our growth potential. We currently have nine employees,” said Whittaker. “We design, engineer, and manufacture our industry-leading products locally and are able to ship globally. Major Display is expanding and will be employing more people in Macon County,” said Whittaker.