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Synergy Food Group welcomed to Columbia location

By Linda Waggener

Recognizing opportunities and writing grant applications are works that can drive persons to drink with all the minute details involved in the long process.

However, when things finally comes into clear focus, final paperwork is accepted and the grant is won, the result is so very, very sweet.

That's the feeling that pervaded among the 50 or so smiling attendees at Tuesdays ceremony announcing the CDBG grant, through the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, which has allowed the City of Columbia, under the leadership of Mayor Pam Hoots, to become owner of the Majestic Yacht property.

The building will become home to the Synergy Group which begins its 15-year lease-purchase of the building starting December 1, 2021, with plans of providing 50 jobs in the very near future and growing to over 300 jobs in the coming years.


Mayor Hoots welcomed everyone to the special announcement event, acknowledging support from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, City Attorney Derek Helm, United Citizens Bank, City Council members, and state leaders, Congressman James Comer, and Representative Sarge Pollock.

In his comments, Comer congratulated both the City of Columbia and Synergy Food Group on a fine marriage for the future of both. A strong proponent of Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky Proud farm products, he was glad to hear Synergy is going to be using Kentucky farm foods in their food marketing.

Official welcome from the Kentucky Senate
A citation was read from the Kentucky Senate by newly elected Representative Michael 'Sarge' Pollock. The message read:
"Synergy Food Group is recognized and honored upon having selected the city of Columbia, Kentucky for consideration as the location of its next facility.

"Headquartered in Murphreesboro, Tennessee, this internationally recognized organization is dedicated to providing its customers with quality products and innovative services through its current SQF certified production facilities in Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

"Inasmuch as Synergy Food Group has the potential to contribute substantially to the economic vitality and employment opportunities in the community of Columbia and the surrounding region, said honoree is offered a warm welcome to the Bluegrass State, is extended best wishes for the utmost prosperity and good fortune in the future and, on the motion of Senator Max Wise, is hereby deemed by this honorable body most worthy of its recognition.

"Done in Frankfort, Kentucky, on this 23rd day of November, in the year 2021.
s/Robert Stivers, president of the Senate
s/Max Wise, member of the Senate"

From the company that will move in December 1, 2021
City Council member Craig dean read a statement from the Synergy Group owner, Greensburg native Greg Durrett. It read:
"We want to thank the city of Columbia, the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, the Kentucky State Government and our members of Congress for their help in making this happen.

"Synergy Food Group is proud to be a new member of the Columbia area business community.

"We plan to start operations in December and continue to grow from there.

"We look forward to helping expand the employment market in Columbia.


Greg Durrett, owner
Synergy Food Group, LLC"

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Congressman Comer welcomed by Mayor Hoots

2021-11-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Vicky Pike of Miss Vicky's Pampered Angus Ranch.
Congressman James Comer was welcomed by Mayor Pam Hoots at the special announcement ceremony to declare the City of Columbia as new owners of the Majestic Yacht property and Synergy Food Group as the property's new lease-purchasers.

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View from upstairs offices

2021-11-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Guests at the announcement meeting who toured the former Majestic Yacht building were surprised at how huge the building really is and how many jobs may occupy it in the years going forward. It was easy to gaze out the upstairs office windows at the Veterans Memorial Bypass and Hwy 61 crossing and ponder how things might have turned out if they'd won the lottery and been the purchaser themselves. Many ideas floated around, however, it will be Synergy Food Group taking on the lease-purchase of the property in just a week. They received a hearty welcome from the community.

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Celebrating the new location for Synergy Food Group

2021-11-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Vicky Pike of Miss Vicky's Pampered Angus Ranch.
Gathering for a photo with those celebrating the City's acquisition of the Majestic Yacht property are from left: Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, Adair Circuit Clerk Dennis Loy, UCB President Matt Loy, LCADD Executive Director Waylon Wright, Columbia City Council member Roberts Flowers, Representative Sarge Pollock, Mayor Pamela Hoots, Congressman James Comer, and City Council Members Craig Dean, Sharon Payne, and Linda Waggener.

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City staff members at Synergy event

2021-11-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
City employees Terry and Ann Marie and Craig and Jerry helped Mayor Hoots prepare for and wrap up the special announcement event this week to welcome Synergy Food Group, the newest member of the Columbia business community. About 50 special guests and officials attended on Tuesday. Ann Marie announced with a big smile that she had 18 days in the countdown to her retirement.

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Sharing state government information

2021-11-29 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Michael "Sarge" Pollock, the newly elected 51st District State Representative, receives information shared by Sandy Simpson, Field Representative for Congressman James Comer, at the gathering of leaders at the new location of Synergy Food Group in Columbia. Pollock is beginning his term after winning the special election this month.

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