Business Briefs

International Learning Academy daycare opens Monday

International Learning Academy of Newnan, a daycare center in the former location of Newnan Academy of Preschool and Childcare, will open Monday. The center is located at 210 Jefferson Parkway.

A ribbon cutting and open house will be held Aug. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. It's the second location of International Learning Academy, which opened in 2002 in Fairburn.

The daycare will serve children ages four weeks to 13 and plans are to eventually add private school classes, and possibly GED training and virtual classes, said owner Monica Peart.

Peart, who is also a Realtor, found out about Newnan Academy closing and decided to expand her daycare to Newnan. Hopes were to have the center open before the Coweta County School System’s 2013-14 school year started but there were some issues with the building that had to be taken care of first.

Children at International Learning Academy are exposed to cultures from around the world each week, Peart said, Spanish is taught.

Peart and her husband, Aston, spent years in the corporate world before they decided to open a childcare center. Peart's mother was an educator and elementary school teacher and that played a big role, Peart said.

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Sarah's Home opens in PTC

Sarah's Home, a design and gift house, has opened in Peachtree City at 308 Willow Bend Road.

The showroom is the culmination of years of design and consultation experience by owner Sarah Feldner. Feldner began her own pillow line called "Swap-A-Top" and has done shows all over the country. Through those travels, "I have gotten many ideas, and then used my passion to mix and match fabric to design many of the items in the store," she said.

Sarah’s Home is a lifelong dream that began through word of mouth among friends and associates Feldner helped while volunteering at her children’s schools. “One thing led to another and here we are,” she explained.

The showroom features many one-of-a-kind items, and a gift registry for those wishing to give a special wedding gift. The business also offers in-home consultations.

A grand opening celebration will be held Aug. 17.

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Bonnell obtains certification for automotive quality management

Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation, has achieved the International Organization for Standardization/ Technical Specification (ISO/TS) 16949 certification for its Newnan facility.

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the ISO Technical Committee, ISO/TS 16949 is a technical specification that aligns global automotive quality systems standards and fosters the development of a quality management system for use in the automotive supply chain. The registration process was conducted with the assistance of UL DQS Inc. Management Systems Solutions.

Earlier this year, Bonnell Aluminum announced it was investing $17 million in an expansion project at the Newnan location. The project includes the addition of a nine-inch, 3,600-ton, state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion press dedicated to serving the growing demand for aluminum extruded components from automotive and light truck original equipment manufacturers. Supporting the addition of the extrusion press will be precision cutting equipment. With orders for equipment placed, the planned startup is scheduled for early 2014.

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Bank of North Georgia collects nearly four tons of PB&J for local children

Bank of North Georgia's sixth annual "Spread the Love" peanut butter and jelly food drive collected 6,059 jars of peanut butter for children in metro-Atlanta. The 7,624 pounds of the peanut butter and jelly is enough to make 60,586 sandwiches.

Local residents, customers, and bank team members were encouraged to visit any of the 41 Bank of North Georgia branches and drop off as much peanut butter and jelly as they could carry.

Since 2008, the drive has collected more than 15 tons and peanut butter and jelly. This year, Bank of North Georgia partnered with several metro-Atlanta schools and the city of Temple. Schools included Poplar Road Elementary in Coweta and Sandy Creek High School in Peachtree City.

The donations went to benefit 30 food pantries, including the Coweta Community Food Pantry and Fayette Samaritans.

Bank of North Georgia is a subsidiary of Synovus. The bank merged with Bank of Coweta last year and all Bank of Coweta locations became Bank of North Georgia branches.

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