Manufacturer’s from all over the world have been flocking to Georgia lately, new manufacturing buildings and jobs are helping the state’s economy bloom. One major project in the state is the production of a $530 million tire manufacturing facility in LaGrange. The facility is planning to bring over 1,000 jobs to Georgia and will be about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta. The tire company opened the first industry 4.0 smart factory in China and plans to make the plant in Georgia an industry 4.0 smart factory.
In Coffee county, an extrusions manufacturing company is planning a new 70,000 square-foot facility which will create around 100 new jobs. The more than $8 million investment comes at a time when many companies are investing in manufacturing in the Peach State.
There are nearly 18,000 employees in the state who work for vehicle-related facilities, most vehicle manufacturers choose the state because it is union workforce-free. One major automotive manufacturer announced an over $100 million investment into their Georgia plant. The plant will produce the first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front wheel drive vehicle. The 400,000 square-foot expansion will be at a plant in Tallapoosa.
A German based company that refines metal products, will invest $24 million in a new facility in Bartow County and the expansion should create around 200 jobs. A popular tractor/utility vehicle manufacturer has over 50 welding robots and 80 automated guided vehicles working for them, but a $100+ million investment in their new facility will require an additional 600 employees.
A Columbus facility will be expanding with a $386 million investment, the aircraft engine maker plans for the expansion to be completed within five years. The expansion should create around 500 new jobs. A packaging company will open a new $20 million packaging center and will create over 500 new jobs. With new state-of-the-art packaging equipment, the new facility is expected to open in 2018.
With a $28.5 million expenditure in Georgia, a gun manufacturer is expected to bring around 85 new jobs with its completion. A new facility in Buford is being built by a supplier to the automotive industry, they produce solution-oriented acoustic and thermally effective components for automobiles. The facility is expected to create around 200 new jobs over the next five years.
An eyeglass frame and lenses manufacturer is no stranger to Atlanta, and has been there for over 20 years. They are planning an expansion that will create an estimated 1,000 jobs in the process. The company said a key factor for staying in Atlanta is the impact of the states logistics network and central location.
With over 80 jobs coming to Banks County, a global food manufacturer is investing over $50 million into a 90,000 square-foot facility which will include offices, manufacturing and warehouse spaces. Another food manufacturer will invest more than $18 million in a new facility in Macon-Bibb County. The investment should create more than 115 new jobs for the people of Georgia.
Georgia is a state to watch in the near future. With all of the expansions happening, it will be interesting to see if the states workforce can keep up with the expanding field of manufacturing. Georgia is known for having a well-trained workforce, but with all of the new jobs emerging, it will be interesting to see what the future holds.