Economic Development: December 2014
Hall Growth: Kubota Manufacturing of America is expanding its headquarters in Gainesville. The company plans to purchase an additional 180 acres and invest $100 million to meet growing demands, with plans to create 650 new jobs.
Glowing Expansion: Lighting company Acuity Brands is expanding in Rockdale and DeKalb counties, a $16-million project that will bring 700 new jobs to the area over the next five years.
Coastal Solar: Israeli company Energiya USA will open a solar farm in Glynn County, a $25-million investment that’s slated to start producing electricity by early 2017. The 91-acre solar farm will generate 17.68 MW for Georgia Power.
Online Fulfillment: Walmart is opening a fulfillment center in Union City near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that will employ 400. The 1.2-million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin processing online orders for the retail giant in 2015.
Doubling Up: SNF Floquip is expanding in Liberty County. The $7-million project will double the size of its existing facility in Midway to 160,000 square feet.
Murray Fiber: PolyTech Fibers LLC is investing $12 million into a new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Murray County. The polyester fiber manufacturer will create 114 jobs over the next three years.
Gwinnett HQ: United Arab Shipping Company has opened a $10-million location in Peachtree Corners that will serve as its North American headquarters. The 50,000-square-foot Gwinnett County facility will employ 160.
Eco Hospitality: Ivy Linen Services is opening in Fulton County. The company, which offers eco-friendly linen management and outsourcing services for upscale hotels in the Metro Atlanta area, will create 150 new jobs and invest $6 million into the 56,000-square-foot facility.
LaGrange Furniture: W.S. Badcock is building a new regional distribution center in Troup County. One of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the U.S., Badcock will invest $22 million in the 535,000-square-foot facility and employ more than 100.
Duluth Office: Birmingham, Ala.-based advertising and marketing firm Luckie & Co. is opening a new office in Gwinnett County, with plans to grow its Georgia employee base to 50.