Expansion Projects Bring Over $200M In Investment To Georgia

Three corporate expansion projects — including two from South Korea-based companies — will create more than 700 jobs in Peach, Candler and Hall counties.

GDEcD worked in partnership with the Candler County Industrial Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, Electric Cities of Georgia, and Georgia Quick Start on the project.

“Georgia is well-positioned for the arrival of Hyundai’s supplier network as the result of years of consistent investment in site preparation, workforce solutions, and connectivity,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.

CJ Foodville To Invest $47M In Hall County

In Hall County, South Korea-based CJ Foodville Corporation will invest more than $47 million in a new bakery and food processing facility. The project will create an estimated 285 jobs in Gainesville.

CJ Foodville, Georgia capital investmentCJ Foodville is a subsidiary of CJ Group, one of the largest food service and food processing companies in South Korea. CJ Foodville made its first overseas expansion and entered the U.S. market in 2004 with its TOUS les JOURS bakery café brand, which currently has four storefronts in Georgia.

“Based on our strong profitability, we have decided to establish a factory in the U.S. to enhance our production and supply capabilities in response to the expanding scale of the TOUS les JOURS business,” said Tony Hunsoo Ahn, CEO of CJ Foodville USA. “We are committed to promoting the unique competitiveness of the K-Bakery, which is built upon excellent product quality in a diverse range of bread and cakes. Our ultimate goal is to establish the TOUS les JOURS brand as a globally cherished bakery brand that transcends borders and captivates palates worldwide.”

The new facility, located at the Gainesville Business Park northeast of Atlanta, is expected to be completed in 2025. At full capacity, it will produce more than 19,000 tons of products per year.

CJ Foodville, CJ Group, TOUS les JOURS
CJ Foodville entered the U.S. market in 2004 with its TOUS les JOURS bakery café brand, which currently has four storefronts in Georgia. (Photo: CJ Foodville / TOUS les JOURS)

“Our top-ranked workforce training program remains a crucial tool for our state as we prepare hardworking Georgians for opportunities in a range of sectors, including the food industry,” said Gov. Kemp. “With Georgia’s access to 80 percent of the U.S. market within a two-day drive, companies like CJ Foodville have a recipe for success. We are excited for CJ Foodville to support its TOUS les JOURS brand from Georgia and partner with the Hall County community to create lasting jobs.”

“CJ Foodville will be a welcome part of Gainesville-Hall County’s business community of 330 global manufacturers and processers,” said Tim Evans, Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “Gainesville-Hall County offers a competitive advantage for food and pharmaceutical businesses by connecting them to world-class talent, industry specific training at Lanier Technical College, a network of cold-chain logistics providers, and global markets through Georgia Port Authority’s new Inland Port Terminal, expected to open in 2026.”

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In addition to the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, GDEcD worked with Georgia EMC and Georgia Quick Start on the project.

“Georgia’s economy is exceptionally diverse, and it’s a critical factor in allowing us to weather economic changes,” said GDEcD Commissioner Wilson. “CJ Foodville’s investment is a great example of both the diversity of our economy and the investments coming from our international partners. Connectivity creates opportunity, and Georgia’s decades-long relationship with South Korea has built a diverse economic and cultural exchange reflected across the state. Congratulations to CJ Foodville and our friends in Gainesville-Hall County.”

Locations of new and expanding food processing companies in Georgia ranked among the greatest number of new industrial projects during fiscal year 2022, and resulted in more than $923 million in investment in fiscal year 2023.

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