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IVC US Invests $70 million in Dalton, GA

IVC US is investing $70 million in an upgrade of its Dalton, GArnfacility, installing what it says will be the longest vinyl productionrnline in the world.

IVC Group unveiled plans for construction ofrnits new IVC US, Inc. headquarters to include manufacturing andrndistribution facilities. The 520,000 sq. ft. facility -- which morernthan doubles the size of the present IVC US Dalton, GA location -- is arngreenfield project being developed on a 44-acre campus off I-75 exitrn328 along connector 3.

''This is a key strategic decision forrnus,'' said Filip Balcaen, chairman, IVC Group ''It is a clear signal ofrnour long term commitment to the U.S. market and our desire forrncontinued industry leadership.''

Once in operation, IVC US will be adding more than 100 employees, bringing total local employment to over one hundred and fifty.

JanrnVergote, CEO IVC Group, adds, ''The current success of our IVC productrnand service model in the United States is a solid basis for futurerngrowth which warrants the $70-million capital investment. Thisrninvestment will further propel IVC US to a leading position in therndomestic sheet vinyl industry.''

IVC US CEO, Xavier Steyaert,rncommented ''Our new state of the art manufacturing plant will featurernthe industry's latest technological advances and will run the longestrnvinyl line in the world. First products are expected to roll out of thernnew plant in January 2011, and will mark the beginning for IVC productsrn- made in the USA.''

The new venture will not only benefit thernlocal community but also the company's customers nationwide. StefaanrnDebusschere, VP Marketing and Sales explains ''manufacturing locallyrnwill offer tremendous advantages for our network of distributors andrnretailers across North America. This investment will give our customersrnthe availability of special request designs, shorter time to market andrnlarger selection of products, widths, and finishes.''

IVC US,rnInc. operates its current headquarters and distribution center inrnDalton, GA and a West coast distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga,rnCA, providing its network of distributors and retailers with a widernrange of cushioned back sheet vinyl products manufactured in Belgiumrnand Luxembourg.

IVC US Inc.’s parent company, the IVC Group is arnprivately owned Belgian company established in 1997 with headquartersrnin Avelgem, Belgium. IVC Group is the largest residential sheet vinylrnmanufacturer in Europe, manufacturing high quality flexible fiberglassrnflooring in Belgium and Luxembourg, with sales across the globe.

Georgia Corporate Moves

GreenTech Manufacturing Digs Deep in Douglas

In March, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced that an environmentally friendly manufacturer of construction products, GreenTech Manufacturing, plans to locate a new facility in Douglas, GA. The company will create 320 jobs and invest more than $20 million in a new manufacturing and distribution facility. "In Georgia, we work hard to support innovative companies such as GreenTech Manufacturing," said Gov. Perdue. "As the world focuses on green technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes, GreenTech Manufacturing is a perfect fit for our state." GreenTech Manufacturing has contracted a 103,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center located on nine acres in Douglas' Southwest Industrial Park. GreenTech is wholly owned by Gulf Coast Arms, a nonprofit trust incorporated in Texas, whose mission is to foster sustainability and affordability solutions across the country and abroad. GreenTech uses the innovative Powder Impression Molding (PIM) system to produce stronger-than-steel, lightweight construction products using up to 95 percent recycled materials from single-stream solid waste sources. The result is an environmentally sustainable, efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional construction products such as metal, wood, concrete and fiberglass. "It has been a privilege to work with the State of Georgia, whose leadership values innovation and whose involvement has been essential in bringing this project to Georgia," stated GreenTech Spokesman Michael Moreland. "Douglas' community leadership also strongly compelled our decision to locate in Georgia. The location's considerable transportation connectivity is ideal for GreenTech's distribution to national and export markets. The local workforce is well trained, and the community has ample access to educational resources for ongoing innovation and job training." To grow roots in the local community and establish early positive relations, GreenTech will offer high-quality and high-paying administrative, technical and operational jobs that include high-tech job training and significant employee benefits. The company is working with Quick Start, East Central Technical College, the Georgia Department of Labor and Georgia Tech's FaciliTech Team to create and implement customized workforce training. Job search and placement is expected to begin immediately, and the first PIM product to roll off the line could happen as early as September. "This is a great day for Coffee County," said JoAnne Lewis, executive director of the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce. "GreenTech Manufacturing will become one of the city's biggest employers. The company's official an-nouncement helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of economic development in Douglas. Businesses like GreenTech will help us carry on our tradition of economic success and progress."

Big Tex Trailer Trailblazes in Cordele

Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing announced in February plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Cordele, GA, creating 130 jobs and investing $7 million over the next two to three years. "Big Tex's investment in Georgia showcases how vital the state's location and assets are to growing companies," said Gov. Perdue. "Our strong workforce and unmatched transportation network enable companies to reach their markets with a quality product in record time." In response to demand across the eastern U.S. for its Big Tex utility trailers, CM Trailer's steel and aluminum horse and livestock trailers and the CM Truck Bed truck bodies, Big Tex has purchased property adjacent to Interstate 75 in Cordele that includes two buildings totaling 174,000 square feet on 55 acres of land for the new plant and distribution center. The like-new manufacturing facilities and easy access to I-75 make it a perfect location for Big Tex. The location also will serve as a new branch operation for Tex Trail Trailer Parts. Distribution operations are expected to begin in the spring of 2009, and manufacturing operations are expected to begin in the last quarter of 2009. "We are really excited about being able to better serve our current dealers and reach new ones in the eastern part of the country with faster deliveries and lower prices. This expansion will help ensure that Big Tex stays on the growth path that we have enjoyed for the last 30 years," said Ricky Baker, president and CEO of Big Tex. "A ready and capable work force, the enthusiasm of the community of Cordele, and the big welcome from the state of Georgia give us even more confidence."

Hi-Tek Doubles Up in Dublin

Pet food manufacturer Hi-Tek Rations announced on March 10 that it plans to expand its Dublin, GA facilities, creating 30 jobs and investing $1.5 million. "Companies like Hi-Tek Rations are the backbone of Georgia's economy. It is particularly pleasing to see them not only succeeding but growing in Georgia," said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Our existing industries are the key to our economic recovery, ensuring more jobs for Georgians and investment in our communities." Hi-Tek Rations has acquired a 30,000-square-foot facility on five acres of Waldrep Industrial Boulevard in Dublin, adjacent to its current plant. The company plans to renovate the building to welcome clients as well as add a new dog food production line, nearly doubling current production. Hi-Tek manufactures private label and branded pet food products including the Intimidator and Good Dog lines. Hi-Tek also will launch a new line, Perfectly Natural, in April. "We are proud to be able to continue to grow our business here in Georgia," said Leonard Powell, president of Hi-Tek Rations.

YesVideo Says Yes to Gwinnett County

California company YesVideo, Inc. plans to locate a new facility in Norcross, GA. The digital video imaging company will create 300 jobs in three years and invest millions in its Gwinnett County production facility. "For high-tech companies like YesVideo that are reaching a wide customer base, the state of Georgia is perfectly situated," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "We have a skilled workforce, the technical infrastructure, a terrific transportation network and a business-friendly environment that fosters success." YesVideo transforms consumer and professional video content from the original into current digital formats, allowing the content to be viewed and enjoyed for generations to come. The company uses highly automated production technology that digitizes the video media to contemporary formats and indexes the content so it can be easily viewed, organized, edited, shared and archived. The company has leased 30,000 square feet of space in the Oakbrook Technology Park in Norcross. "The greater Atlanta area is a perfect location for the expansion of our production operations," said Gregory Ayres, COO of YesVideo. "Atlanta is well-centered, geographically, to service the entire Eastern Seaboard, Midwest, and South Central regions with cost-effective ground logistics. In addition, the community has a ready labor force and extremely well-developed IT infrastructure to suit our growth plans. Finally, support from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Quick Start training program made Georgia stand out above other areas." "YesVideo represents the type of high-quality, global, technology-based regional office we are working to attract," said Gwinnett Chairman Charles Bannister. "With high-wage jobs...we are proud they have chosen to call Gwinnett County and the State of Georgia their East Coast home."

Ohio-based Parts Distributor Selects Macon

Excess Incorporated, an Ohio-based transportation parts distributor, announced recently plans to locate a distribution center in Macon, GA. "Georgia's strength in logistics and its business-friendly environment are attractive to companies like Excess Incorporated," said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "With our transportation network and a ready workforce, Georgia is a natural fit for distribution centers." Excess Incorporated has purchased the former Huttig Building Products facility, a 90,000-square-foot warehouse on 11 acres on Franklinton Road in Bibb County. The company primarily will use the property as a warehousing, distribution and packaging operation. There also will be warehouse space available for lease. With its location in Macon, Excess Incorporated will create six jobs and invest $1.5 million. "We chose the Macon area for a number of reasons. Our goal is to expand our import/export business and the Macon Economic Development Commission and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have gone out of their way to assist," said Ron Dunn, Excess Incorporated's president. "The excellent geographic location allows us to save on transportation costs. We also are impressed by the amenities, business community and the high-caliber workforce. We look forward to growing here." "We are pleased Excess Incorporated has chosen Macon and Bibb County for its new warehousing and distribution facility," said Billy Pitts, Macon Economic Development Commission Chairman. "Macon and Bibb County's central location and logistics network position us to attract suppliers to our core industries. Excess Incorporated's location is yet another example that Macon works for warehouse, logistics, and distribution."

Metro Spotlight: Fayette County, Georgia

Fayette Companies on a Winning Streak

In July, Alcan Packaging of Peachtree City, GA was honored as a nominee for the state's Manufacturer of the Year award. "We're proud of Alcan because they are very deserving of this nomination," says Randy Hayes, chairman of the Fayette County Development Authority. "We congratulate them on this achievement and know they will continue to thrive in Fayette." Alcan, a global packaging company serving numerous industries, was the sole nominee from Fayette County. Other Georgia companies presented with a plaque were Bridgestone Bandag of Griffin; the Griffin plant of Georgia Industries for the Blind; Perkins Shibaura Engines of Griffin; PermaTherm of Monticello; Continental Tire/Adora Plant of Barnesville; Toppan Interamerica of McDonough; and Caterpillar Diversified Power Products of Griffin. During the awards ceremony at Griffin Technical College, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, said Georgia leads the nation in workforce development "primarily because of [our] technical colleges." In April, Peachtree-based Panasonic Automotive was named by General Motors (GM) as a Supplier of the Year for its overall business performance in providing GM with world-class parts and services. It marks the ninth time in the past 11 years that GM has recognized Panasonic with this honor. "Panasonic is among the best of the best," says Bo Andersson, GM group vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "They understand that our mutual success can only be achieved by sharing common goals and priorities." "We are honored to have once again been chosen as a Supplier of the Year by General Motors," says Vince Sarrecchia, president of Panasonic Automotive. "It is a clear indicator that GM recognizes Panasonic's quality and the value of our brand in the market place, and the connection we have with our customers."

Fayette Fact File

• Fayette County is considered a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area. • Fayette County was named for the Marquis de Lafayette. • Fayette County’s largest city is Peachtree City, but the county seat is Fayetteville.
Country Cities   Population     Average Household Income
Fayette County   109,624     $101,472
City of Fayetteville   13,676     $74,884
Peachtree City   38,736     $94,458
Town of Tyrone   4,637     $86,473

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Georgia Corporate Moves


Alcoa Expands Operations in Eastman

In May, Alcoa Architectural Products broke ground at the site of its 2,500-square-foot expansion project at the Eastman-Dodge County Industrial Park in Eastman, GA. Alcoa recently has hired nine new employees and plans to complete construction by summer's end. "The new office space will not only house our growing employee base, but will showcase our own Reynobond¨ product on the exterior," says Jeff Jost, Alcoa's general manager. The company's Reynobond aluminum composite material was also used in building Home Depot's headquarters in Atlanta and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, in addition to numerous facilities around the world. The Eastman expansion also will create the first "green" parking lot in Dodge County, GA. The lot will be made with an environmentally friendly porous pavement system called FilterPave, made of recycled plastic and glass. Alcoa is Dodge County's largest exporter of manufactured goods, representing more than 94% of the county's exports handled by the Georgia Ports Authority. The Alcoa plant has more than doubled its business activity since 2003. "When a Fortune 100 company continues to expand and invest here, it says something about what a great place Dodge County is to do business," says F.J. "Josh" Fenn, president and CEO of Eastman-Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce. "The project will also bring a new, modern look to the main entrance of the Eastman-Dodge County Industrial Park."

Travelport Taps Atlanta for Corporate Headquarters

In early 2008, Travelport, a global distribution system (GDS) provider, announced plans to transform the Worldspan building in Atlanta, GA into its North American headquarters. The company will bring up to 200 jobs to the area by consolidating its operations in Rosemont, IL; Parsippany, NJ; and Denver, CO. Travelport expects to retain 325 jobs in the Atlanta metro area, while creating 100 jobs in Hapeville, GA, where it will expand its data center. The total investment for all of these projects is $33 million. "The consolidation of our business into a North American GDS headquarters is a significant step in building upon synergies between our existing Galileo and recently acquired Worldspan GDS businesses," says Gordon Wilson, CEO and president of Travelport GDS. "The state of Georgia, Cobb and Fulton counties, and the city of Atlanta have demonstrated strong support for our move. Atlanta has an excellent geographic position, continually growing international direct airline services, and a well-educated, technologically literate workforce." "Travelport's decision to locate a division headquarters in Atlanta signals that our position as a hub in the travel and IT industries is second to none," says Governor Sonny Perdue. Hapeville Mayor Alan Hallman adds, "Our city enjoys the luxury of being the front door to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and we benefit greatly from the economic activity generated by the airport." Travelport provides information and booking to online and offline travel agencies in 145 countries.

Combat Training Finds Solution in Stephens County

Combat Training Solutions (CTS), which manufactures simulated explosives for the military, announced in February that it plans to add more than 30 jobs and invest $1 million to expand in Stephens County, GA. CTS has purchased a 6,000-square-foot building on nearly seven acres of land at the Meadowbrook Industrial Park. The company expects rapid growth as it continues to add to its product line and service offerings. "Helping entrepreneurial companies expand is an important part of our mission," says Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "We are especially proud that Combat Training Solutions is not only growing our economy, but also supporting our troops." CTS, founded in 2005 in Stephens County, evolved from a recreational paintball company into a full-fledged defense contractor. With an extensive line of military and law enforcement training products, CTS' products allow trainees to be in direct contact with explosion effects without injury. This unique feature is the driving reason for its extensive usage by U.S. and allied militaries around the world.

Lowndes: Home Depot's Logistics Hub

Home Depot plans to have its new regional distribution center in Lowndes County, GA fully operational by the first quarter of 2009. Announced in March, plans for the center include a 657,600-square-foot distribution facility set on 89 acres in the Lake Park Industrial Park. The Atlanta-based home improvement company expects to create more than 400 new jobs in the Lowndes County area within 36 months. Home Depot is expected to become Lake Park's largest employer. Brad Lofton, executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority, says that the facility's opening will have a significant impact on the regional workforce, employing large numbers of people from southern Georgia and northern Florida. This announcement bolsters Lowndes County's reputation as a logistics hub in the southeastern United States. "Our strong business climate and strength in logistics continues to attract top-tier retailers like the Home Depot," says Governor Sonny Perdue. The distribution center is being developed by IDI, Inc., a top-ranked Atlanta-based developer specializing in providing strategically located warehouse and distribution facilities for Fortune 500 clients. The selected construction company is Catamount Constructors, also of Atlanta.

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