ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the largest employers in Southwest Georgia is now back open for business.
A tornado on January 22 of last year completely destroyed Southern Ag Carriers.
The company mainly distributes to Procter & Gamble and transports peanuts.
Thursday was a very exciting day and it all started with a ribbon cutting and an open house tour.
Southern Ag staff members said the rebuild wouldn't have been possible without their outstanding customer base.
"It destroyed our offices and shop and we had to completely rebuild," said Southern Ag President Hugh Nall.
An EF-3 tornado ripped through Southern Ag in January of 2017, leaving only pieces behind.
"A really, really tough time because we're home to 400 paychecks every Friday," said Nall. "2017 was as bad as it could get business-wise."
With the help of faithful customers, staff moved to temporary housing for the next year.
But on Thursday, with the cut of a ribbon, Southern Ag reopened, ready to give back to customers that helped them when they needed it most.
"We were able to fight through it because of our great customer base and good things happen," added Nall.
Crews rebuilt all offices and put the finishing touches on the facility within the last few weeks.
Nall said his employees are ecstatic to finally get back to what feels like home.
"What they last they saw was devastation, we had to bulldoze it and start over," explained Nall.
Southern Ag dedicated the reopening to customers and many supporters there to watch history unfold for the company.
"If the customer base wasn't so supportive, heck, we might not have made it, but they stuck with us," said Nall.
Nall said this reopening marks a step on a great path for the future of Southern Ag.
"It's a starting over, starting with a fresh new building and a new outlook on life so we are certainly excited about that," said Nall.
Nall said business has been great so far in 2018 and he has high hopes to continue strong this year.