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Economic Development: April 2013

 

Communications: ViaSat Inc. is adding 275 jobs and leasing a new $20-million, 60,000-square-foot facility in Duluth, where the Carlsbad, Calif.-based communications equipment firm produces antenna systems and commercial networks and has an R&D center.

Biotech: Calpis America is opening its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. manufacturing operation in Peachtree City, representing a $20-million investment and creating 42 jobs. The Japanese biotech company hopes to begin manufacturing its livestock fermentation products at the facility in April 2014.

More Movies: One of the largest film production complexes in Metro Atlanta is planned near Fayetteville by Rivers Rock, LLC. The 280-acre film complex could employ 1,500 at full capacity and should help attract more $100 million-plus blockbuster films to the state.

Chatham Expansion: Arizona Chemical is ex-panding in Savannah. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based bio-refiner of pine chemicals is adding a 27,000-square-foot Science & Technology Center, which will be completed by the end of 2013.

Relocating: Beverage supplier Eagle Rock Distrib-uting Co. is moving from Stone Mountain into a 295,000-square-foot facility in Norcross, bringing 300 jobs to Gwinnett County.

Fulton Expansion: AirWatch has announced a $4-million investment to up-grade its equipment. The mo-bile software company also plans to add 800 jobs to its Sandy Springs headquarters.

Healthcare Center: The 115,000-square-foot, $200-million Georgia Proton Treatment Center recently broke ground in Midtown Atlanta. The radiation therapy center is a joint venture between Emory University and San Diego-based Advanced Particle Therapy LLC and is expected to be completed by 2015.

Helping Hands: The Home Depot announced it is hiring 80,000 seasonal work-ers, 4,000 of whom will be in Georgia, in anticipation of increased spring sales.

Jasper Manufacturing: Norton Packaging is investing $12 million into a new Monticello manufacturing facility, which will make plastic injection molded rigid shipping containers and add 90 jobs.

Flagship Growing: Emory Healthcare is expanding its flagship hospital with a $312-million investment in a nine-story tower. The tower, which will begin construction in July 2013, will include 210 inpatient beds, operating rooms, imaging services and a clinical laboratory when it is completed in 2017.

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