First Miller Bus. Park occupant: Nature Nate

An organic food company is the first thing it finally lands, after trying for years to lure traditional “industrial” businesses to Miller Business Park, and after the Industrial Authority renamed itself the Development Authority. Well, go real food! And congratulations Development Authority! For more local agriculture, come to South Georgia Growing Local Saturday 26 February 2016 at Pine Grove Middle School.


Valdosta, Georgia — December 15, 2015—The Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority (VLCDA) and Nature Nate’s announce the expansion of Nature Nate’s honey processing operations to Valdosta, GA. The project represents a $1.75 million investment, will create 10 jobs immediately and at least 15 jobs after 36 months.

“We welcome Nature Nate’s as our first tenant within Miller Business Park and congratulate them on the expansion of their operations,” said Tom Call, chairman of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Having them located conveniently in this park will be an advantage and attraction to other industry prospects looking to locate in this park and our other parks nearby.”

A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the 30,000 square-foot facility took place on December 15th at 10:00 am with notable attendees that included: Mayor John Gayle, City of Valdosta, Tom Call, Chairman, Valdosta/Lowndes Dev. Auth. and Nathan Sheets, president and CEO of Nature Nate’s. Expansion into Valdosta comes in response to the rapid growth of Nature Nate’s processing and packaging business, which provides retail customers with 100% pure, raw and unfiltered honey. Nature Nate’s will be purchasing honey from local beekeepers, making a positive impact that will resonate throughout the Southeast.

“Valdosta was the natural choice for Nature Nate’s new operations facility” said Mr. Sheets. “Located on interstate corridors with access to ports, Valdosta provides a strategic location while offering great local resources and a robust beekeeping community. We’ve been blessed with our current team of employees and look forward to working with our new friends and team mates in Valdosta.”

About Nature Nate’s

Since 1972, Nature Nate’s has been dedicated to offering honey as nature intended — 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered. Arriving in its most natural form, this honey is closest to its original provision from the hive. Nature Nate’s adheres to strict quality-control standards, sourcing honey from trusted beekeepers and minimally processing it to ensure the honey retains all its natural benefits. Nature Nate’s promises an undivided commitment to providing the highest quality product to you and your family’s dining table — a farmer’s market quality honey, available year-round. For more information visit

About Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority

The Development Authority is an organization that oversees industrial and economic development in Valdosta and Lowndes County. In 1960 the Authority was formed as an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution. The mission of the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority is to create an environment to attract new industry and promote the growth of existing industry to drive job creation and capital investment.