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January/February 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 1)

The State of the Year and Deal of the Year awards are the focus of Business Facilities January/February 2016 issue, plus an Automotive Industry Focus.

AT&T Introduces AT&T Fiber Ready Designation In Georgia

The Fiber Ready designation helps economic development officials promote their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.

USDA Awards Loans To Boost Rural Economic Development In Five States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) has awarded six low-interest loans to local governments and community organizations that will spur rural economic development in Missouri, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.

Kaiser Permanente Bringing 800 Call Center Jobs To Georgia

Kaiser Permanente will open a national member services contact center in Gwinnett County, GA this year, bringing more than 800 new jobs to metro Atlanta by 2020.

LG Electronics Opens Expanded Headquarters In Georgia

LG Electronics USA recently celebrated the opening of its new LG Air Conditioning Systems Headquarters outside of Atlanta, GA.

Boeing To Create Up To 200 New Jobs In Macon-Bibb County, GA

Boeing Commercial Airplanes will invest $81.7 million to retrofit and equip its existing defense-related facility in Macon-Bibb County, GA for the manufacturing of 747-8 fuselage panels, creating up to 200 new jobs.

Feature Story: Georgia Governor’s Report – Georgia’s High-Powered Growth Engine

From foreign investment to surging film production and expanding water resources, Gov. Nathan Deal is making sure that Georgia is building a foundation for sustainable growth.

Talenti Gelato Moving Production Plant To Marietta, GA

The company plans to maintain its existing plant in Dallas but re-locate its primary production headquarters to the Marietta Industrial Park and begin production later this year, which could lead to the addition of up to 100 jobs in the area. Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:31 PM

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

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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