A Chinese manufacturer of additives for household products is eyeing an industrial site in Effingham County for a $50 million plant that would create at least 25 jobs, according to news reports. 

The company, which is said to be a Procter & Gamble Co. supplier, plans to import phosphates through the Port of Savannah to manufacture toothpaste, detergent and more, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Since last year the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority has been courting the company, which is eyeing the county’s 83-acre Treutlen site. Current negotiations call for the company to pay $15,000 per acre, amounting to a $1.2 million purchase price. 

John Henry, CEO of the authority, and Chairman Dennis Webb traveled to China in May to visit the company, reports cited Mr. Henry as saying. He did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday. 

Dubbed “Project Stella”, the prospective investment was announced by a councilman at the Rincon City Council meeting June 11, according to reports. 

A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which has aggressively pursued Chinese investment, said the department does not comment on projects that might still be active. 

The last major foreign investor in Effingham County was Efacec, a Portuguese manufacturer of electrical transformers.

Los Angeles-based Medient Studios recently announced plans to build a $90 million film and video-game production complex on 1,500 acres in the county. 

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