Wed, April 24, 2024

Weighing in on 50 years

It’s a big day at Scale South as April 1 marks their 50th Anniversary in business, a huge achievement for any small business. Augusta Scale Company was formed by Richard Bailey in 1974. The first year, he operated the company out of his home until moving into their first office, located off Lumpkin Road in Augusta. At the time they mainly serviced the Augusta area, but digital scales were really starting to take off during this period, and business grew rapidly. The company soon expanded to several locations throughout Georgia.

Augusta Scale Company’s first office off Lumpkin Rd in the 1970’s

During the expansion, Augusta Scale Company became Georgia Scale Company to better represent their service reach. They were known as Georgia Scale Company until 2010. After opening locations in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, they became Scale South, Inc.

Scott and Jennifer McKillip, owners of Scale South

In 2019, after 45 years in the business, Richard Bailey retired and sold the company to Scott and Jennifer McKillip. The McKillips guided the company through the uncertain times of the pandemic, upgraded fleet vehicles, enhanced service and accounting systems to more modern technology, and had a hands-on approach in every aspect of the business.

Scale South’s current office off Riverwatch Parkway in Martinez


“Our outlook on our next 50 years in the scale business is strong, with a family of successors that will know the scale industry inside and out, Scale South is here to stay for many years to come,” said Stacy Moore, Scale South Business Manager and Internal Auditor.

In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, Scale South kicked off a monthly employee newsletter, The Company Connection, highlighting company news, achievements, and HR bulletins. This month’s edition will also focus on Distracted Driver Awareness.

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