It’s no secret that Georgia is recognized for its exceptional business-friendly environment. In fact, Site Selection has named it the number one state for doing business for nine consecutive years. That kind of reputation undoubtedly attracts companies to settle in the area every year, as they establish headquarters, distribution centers, customer service operations and more to take advantage of the outstanding opportunities afforded to them here. Other organizations regularly choose to expand the businesses they currently manage across the state, creating more jobs and boosting local economies—particularly across the metro Atlanta area. Here, we look at 10 recent big business moves that serve as a testimony to Georgia’s impressive business advantages for companies of all sizes.
Duckshin Housing, a construction materials manufacturer, has plans to create 100 new jobs and invest more than $15 million in Athens-Clarke County through its first U.S. facility. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, the company produces architectural deck plates and frames, which are made of galvanized steel and rebars and designed for efficient production to be cost effective with enhanced safety in mind. Construction on Duckshin’s new facility is expected to begin in late 2023; upon its completion, the company will be hiring for welder, machine operator, forklift driver and other operations positions.
Japanese probiotic beverage company Yakult USA has announced plans to build its second U.S. facility in Bartow County, creating more than 90 new jobs and investing an estimated $305 million in a new beverage production facility. Yakult’s new production facility, which will be larger than the company’s California operation, will be located at Highland 75 Corporate / Industrial Park, a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Certified site. The company will be hiring for full-time managers and assistants, including staff positions in human resources, machine operation and maintenance, quality control and warehouse roles. The facility is predicted to come online in 2026.
Woory Industrial Co., Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Dublin. The facility will create more than 130 new jobs and an estimated $18 million in investment in Dublin-Laurens County. Specializing in heating, ventilation and air conditioning components and systems for the global automotive industry, the new facility with be the company’s first U.S. manufacturing location and will produce electrical heaters, control units and actuators for EV and internal combustion carmakers in North America. Operations are expected to begin at the end of 2023, and jobs will be filled in in all fields necessary for an automotive parts manufacturing plant.
Automotive parts manufacturer NVH Korea will establish a new facility in Locust Grove. The project will create over 160 new jobs and bring $72 million in investment to Henry County. Based in the City of Ulsan, NVH Korea specializes in automotive noise, vibration and heat-control parts, which it currently produces in Korea, Europe and India. The company also operates a manufacturing facility that produces floor mats, cargo mats and cargo trays in Georgia. The new facility will supply battery parts for electric vehicles in the United States for manufacturers such as Hyundai Mobis, Kia Georgia and Hyundai Motor Group. Operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2024.
Creative Home Ideas, a design house focused on home fashion, will create 70 new jobs and invest more than $15 million in a new distribution and light manufacturing facility in Liberty County. The company is family owned and boasts expertise in designing, manufacturing and distributing fresh and innovative home décor, with collections of bedding, window treatments, decorative pillows, throw blankets, rugs and more. The new facility, which is expected to open in 2024, will be hiring for positions in light manufacturing, warehouse, shipping, customer service and the back office.
An Austria-based leader in networking solutions, IT services and logistics, nesevo is expanding its footprint in Georgia with a new 13,000-square-foot facility in Norcross. The expansion project in Gwinnett County is being completed with support from economic development agency Partnership Gwinnett and will create 30 new jobs in the areas of manufacturing and office operations over the next five years. Previously, nesevo operated out of a smaller facility in unincorporated Duluth; the larger facility, located in the Gateway 85 Community Improvement District (CID), will help the company accommodate its long-term growth plans, as Gwinnett is known for boasting a strong tech industry.
CJ Foodville Corporation, a subsidiary of CJ Group, will invest more than $47 million in a new bakery and food processing facility in Gainesville, creating an estimated 285 jobs in Hall County. One of the largest food service and food processing companies in South Korea, CJ Foodville entered the U.S. market in 2004 with its TOUS les JOURS bakery café brand, which has four storefronts across Georgia. The new Gainesville facility is expected to produce more than 19,000 tons of product per year, including a diverse range of bread and cakes; it will be completed in 2025 and offer job opportunities in procurement, production, logistics, quality control, utility, human resources and accounting and supply chain management.
Hampton, located south of Atlanta in Henry County, will soon be home to a new distribution center for the Target Corporation. The $475 million project, called “Project Archer,” will include the construction of a 1.4-million-square-foot fulfillment center on a 173-acre site in the city of nearly 8,300 residents. Upon completion in 2024, the distribution center will automatically make Target the largest employer in Hampton thanks to the addition of more than 750 jobs to the area. The deal serves as the culmination of a years-long effort to annex undeveloped land in Hampton to attract industrial projects; city leaders hope that the new Target facility will act as a catalyst for future economic growth.
The U.S. Soccer Federation selected metro Atlanta for its new headquarters and a first-of-its-kind national training center. The board of directors of the organization recently approved the decision, which will allow U.S. Soccer to move forward with its development plans. The new headquarters will be designed to accelerate the growth of soccer in the country and provide an unparalleled training facility for elite players of all ages. All 27 of U.S. Soccer’s national men’s and women’s teams ultimately will use the facility; the locale also will provide development opportunities for young players, training for referees and more. The location is ideal, as Atlanta is one of the 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Club.
Gas South, one of the largest providers of natural gas in the southeastern United States, will relocate its headquarters to a new office space at The Battery Atlanta on August 1, 2024. The strategic move represents a milestone for the company, which has experienced impressive growth in recent years and developed a strong partnership with the Atlanta Braves. The new Cobb County-based office will be located adjacent to Truist Park, home of the Braves, and encompass 31,000 square feet of space. It will house the company’s more than 250 Georgia-based employees and feature a variety of collaborative spaces and dedicated areas for focused work.