Safavieh, a manufacturer and distributor of home goods, will create 200 jobs and invest more than $60 million in a new Chatham County, GA distribution facility. Safavieh will build a 1.1 million-square-foot facility at the Savannah River International Trade Park.
“The new facility will triple our Savannah warehouse capacity by the end of 2018 and will be customized for rugs and furniture,” said Darius Yaraghi, principal of Safavieh. “We are pleased that the State of Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) continue to invest in infrastructure which enables our expansion and allows us to create even more quality jobs in the region. Safavieh will continue to increase our facilities across the U.S. to provide better and faster service to the customer.”
Headquartered in New York City, Safavieh is a 103-year-old international home furnishings brand that focuses on rugs, furnishings and accents. Safavieh has conducted business in the Savannah area since 2012 and cited the Port of Savannah as a key factor in choosing to expand Southeastern operations.
“Georgia’s robust infrastructure network is among the best in the country and continues to cultivate an economic environment ideal for manufacturing and distribution companies like Safavieh,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “By choosing Chatham County, Safavieh will have access to the Port of Savannah and a skilled workforce ready to serve its broad customer base quickly and efficiently. We are pleased to see this significant investment in the Savannah area and look forward to Safavieh’s continued growth in Georgia.”
“Private sector commitments such as this show confidence in Savannah’s continued success as a cargo hub for the U.S. Southeast,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Safavieh’s announcement is another example of the jobs and opportunity drawn by Georgia’s pro-business climate and logistical advantages.”
“Savannah has become a hotbed for industry leaders like Safavieh to find a home, and this is another great win for the region,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia is the ideal location for companies who need to have premium global access. I’m looking forward to the success that Safavieh will find in our state.”
“In 2015, Safavieh announced Savannah as its location for a facility that would create 100 jobs and $28 million in investment and their announcement today of an additional 200 jobs in the next three years and $60 million in capital investment is a true testament to the growth that businesses in Savannah are experiencing,” said Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO Trip Tollison. “Along with GDEcD and GPA, we look forward to continuing to partner and support them as they grow in Savannah.”
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