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Economic Development: December 2013

Booming Port: The Port of Brunswick just surpassed New York as the nation’s top auto importer, according to the Georgia Ports Authority. In the past fiscal year, the port saw more than 600,000 auto and machinery units pass through – an increase of 12 percent.

Sylvania Textiles: Shrivallabh Pittie Group is building its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Screven County, representing a $70-million investment. A leading textile manufacturer in India since 1898, the company will manufacture carded cotton yarn and create 250 jobs in the new plant.

Carroll Automotive: Japanese company Yachiyo of America Inc., which manufactures plastic fuel tanks and sunroofs, is opening a 130,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Carroll-ton. The $30-million facility will employ more than 200 within three years.

Salad Days: Ken’s Foods Inc. is expanding in Henry County. The Marlborough, Mass.-based food manufacturer best known for its salad dressings added a 428,160-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for additional storage capacity as it ramps up production.  

Flooring: Manning-ton Mills is expanding its Morgan County production facility, adding 219 new jobs over the next few years. The flooring manufacturer’s current footprint will double in size when it breaks ground by the end of this year, representing a $50-million investment.

Kia Supplier: Hyundai Dymos, which manufacturers manual transmissions, axles and seats, is opening a $35-million manufacturing facility in West Point to supply the nearby Kia Motors. The plant, which is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014, will create 350 jobs.

Savannah Expansion: Great Dane is expanding, relocating its Savannah operations to a larger campus and adding 75 new jobs. The $15-million investment includes construction of three LEED-certified buildings on a 12-acre tract and is expected to be completed by January 2015.

App Jobs: BetterCloud, which develops enterprise level security and management products for the Google Apps platform, announced it will be adding 150 employees to its Atlanta location over the next two years.

Oakwood Auto: ALBAform Inc. is opening a $2.5-million production facility in Hall County. The Czech Republic-based custom automotive fabricator will employ 30.

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