Georgia Manufacturing Shows Growth for Fifth Straight Year
The outlook for manufacturing in the state of Georgia is a bright one, jobs are being added and manufacturing companies are expanding. In this article we will take a closer look at the growth that is happening in the Peach State.
According to a study done by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. manufacturing employment in Georgia is increasing for the fifth year in a row. The data that was collected shows that Georgia added 5,555 jobs in the last year which is an increase of 1.1%. This brings the total of manufacturing jobs up to 487,158 spread across 9,325 manufacturing companies based in the state. The manufacturing of transport equipment had the most growth with the sector growing by 6.2%. Other sectors that reported growth were primary metals, rubber & plastics, and lumber at 6%, 5.2% and 4.1% respectively.
One of the companies within the transportation equipment sector is taking advantage of the growth with announcing an investment of $30 million into a manufacturing center located in Dade County, Georgia. The company is moving from Indiana to utilize Georgia’s “Quick Start” program. Quick Start is the nation’s number 1 workforce training program and will come in handy as this new facility is looking to create a reported 400 jobs.
Other international companies are looking to expand into Georgia. One motorsports manufacturer is expanding their operation in Gwinnett County and add around 80 new jobs over the next five years. The reasoning behind this expansion is due to Georgia‘s location in the southeast, as it allows for great distribution for their products.
It will be interesting to see just how long the manufacturing sector can keep up this impressive growth streak. Yet with new companies coming in to take advantage of the location and programs, the growth appears to be continuing on to the future in the Peach State.