News 12 NBC 26 at 11 O'clock / April 27, 2017
AUGUSTA, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) -- One of Augusta's old mills on the canal is quickly coming back to life. The cyber revolution is bringing hundreds of new cyber jobs to the old Sibley Mill.
It stands high over the Augusta Canal marked with the year 1880. That's the year construction started on an old textile mill.
"It's a great transformation. You see these mills decline over the years and you say, hey someone should really do something with that," said Charles Johnson, Founder of EDTS.
That's exactly what they're doing; transforming one of the oldest pieces of Augusta history into the newest high-tech cyber security hub.
"We are approximately 30 days away from EDTS moving into this new facility," said James Ainslie, Founder & CEO of Cape Augusta.
EDTS is a local IT company, now tapping into cyber security with a focus on protecting data here in Augusta and adding 100 more jobs over the course of five years.
"So we can bring a client up the elevator, and they'll have full visibility into our security operations center on one side and our help desk area on the other," said Johnson.
Pieces chipped and rubbed away, but the integrity of the old building still stands with high ceilings, original wood beams, even the framing from the elevator built decades ago.
"It's early times yet. This is only a small portion of our project," said Ainslie.
What's next is a cyber training facility and a 10 mega watt data center.
"It's been one of the most rewarding projects of my life," said Ainslie.
The final result is new life in an old cotton mill.
Cape Augusta says they'll have people working in this first phase by June with plans to renovate the main mill building itself after that.