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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Flight Factory officially taking off Saturday


               Jerome Davis will cut the ribbon Saturday on the much anticipated Flight Factory Entertainment Center located at 158 East Parrish Street.
        It is located in the building that formally housed the Statesboro Flea Market. Davis has completely renovated 34,000 square feet of the warehouse to create an entertainment center sure to thrill every age.
        The main attraction for the climate controlled portion of the facility is 13,000 square feet of trampolines. Adjacent to the trampoline area is a one-of-a-kind wipe out machine that is controlled by an attendant. There is also a huge arcade and game section, three meeting rooms and a parent's lounge. The largest of the three meeting rooms is fully equipped with state of the art infrared gaming technology that allows a three dimensional gaming experience.
        The second part of the facility houses the massive indoor paint ball course. It was the paint ball course that first attracted Davis to the location.
        Davis is a native of Savannah and a graduate of Benedictine Military School. He attended West Point before transferring to Georgia Southern to focus on completing a degree that would prepare him for medical school. He had passed the MCAT and completed hundreds of volunteer hours in the hospital. All of that changed when his friend Carl Miller took him to play paint ball to celebrate his birthday.
        "When we came to play, Jerry Jennings who owned the building had installed the paint ball course and was operating it," Davis said. "He was using rubber balls that were reusable and the course was pretty challenging.
        "I immediately saw an opportunity and began to develop a friendship with Mr. Jennings. Three months later, we had worked out a deal for me to operate the paint ball business. I converted to real paint balls and started expanding the course.         The changes added to the success and as the business grew I began looking for ways to increase and enhance the experience."
        Davis and Miller then began researching franchises that operated trampoline parks. The flea market part of the warehouse had met the specifications, but they were not able to get a franchise to consider coming to Statesboro.
        After about 18 months of research and feasibility studies, Davis decided to move forward without a franchise.
        He closed the paint ball operation to concentrate on creating the Flight Factory. The warehouse had to be completely renovated including adding insulation, new LED lights, sound package and HVAC installation.
        One of the greatest challenges was removing the entire floor which was original asphalt and replacing it with concrete. His contractors poured more than 500 cubic yards of concrete. It took 60 truckloads of concrete to complete the project.
        With more than $250,000 invested, Davis and his team have transformed the building to create a unique and fun experience for their guests.
        "Our research showed us there was a great need for affordable entertainment for all ages and more options for exercise," he said.
        "Our mission is more than just entertainment," Davis said. "We will be offering fitness classes and focusing on expanding the options for everyone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle. We will have team building classes and will also develop programs that will make the Flight Factory attractive for corporate events too."
        Birthday party and event packages are available for any size group. The Flight Factory is open while they are completing the final touches. The grand opening scheduled for this Saturday is their target to have the project completely finished and to reopen the paint ball course.
        You can learn more about the Flight Factory at www.flightfactoryentertainment.com. Because they limit the number of jumpers per hour to ensure a great experience for everyone, Davis encourages patrons to go to the website and complete the liability wavier and reserve your jump time. That will prevent you from experiencing a long wait times.
        They will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 3-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday from 2-9 p.m. and closed Mondays.

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