Dulany Industries

GHS welcomes Dulany Industries as an honoree of the Georgia Business History Initiative. A Georgia historical marker for Southern States Phosphate and Fertilizer Company, which became Dulany Industries, will be dedicated on November 15, 2022. The marker is located in Savannah, Georgia, in the green space at 2 East Bay Street.

Read the Business History Initiative profile and case study on Southern States Phosphate and Fertilizer Company.

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The marker reads:

Southern States Phosphate and Fertilizer Company
The Fertilizer Industry in the South

The fertilizer industry in the South began when Southern cities like Savannah and Charleston started producing fertilizer following the 1867 discovery of phosphate in South Carolina. Initially wary of the new technology, Southern farmers gradually adopted the use of phosphate fertilizer to counteract decades of poor agricultural practices, leading to a boom in American food production and fostering the industry’s growth in an economically depressed South. Founded in Augusta, Southern States Phosphate and Fertilizer Company relocated to Savannah in 1902, taking advantage of the port and expanding global trade. During World War I, the US production of phosphate-based munitions significantly increased, helping Savannah become the second-largest fertilizer production point in the world by 1924. Southern States was purchased by Savannahians including A.D. Strobhar in 1934, adding Franklin Reed Dulany in 1940, and is currently a subsidiary of Dulany Industries, Inc.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and Dulany Industries, Inc.