Economic Development: June 2012
Big News: Deerfield, Ill.-based vaccine manufacturer Baxter International is opening a manufacturing facility that will make plasma-based treatments for chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The new facility will be in the Stanton Springs business park, which straddles Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties, according to a press release from the governor’s office, and production is expected to start in 2018.
Along with the facility, Baxter will locate plasma centers throughout the state, resulting in a total of 1,500 new employees. The company plans to invest more than $1 billion over the next five years. To assist the company, Georgia Quick Start will build and operate a state-of-the-art biotech training center.
Coffee to Augusta: Starbucks is opening its first plant in Georgia in Augusta, representing an investment of $172 million. The coffee retailer expects to create more than 140 jobs. The LEED-certified facility will produce soluble products for many of Starbucks’ ready-to-drink products.
Carter’s in Braselton: Carter’s Inc. is opening a multichannel distribution center in Braselton this month, creating 250 jobs initially and a total of 600 new full-time jobs by 2015. The $50-million, one-million-square-foot facility will support the children’s apparel marketer’s e-commerce, retail and wholesale businesses.
100 Jobs in LaFayette: Roper Corp., a General Electric appliance manufacturer, is adding up to 100 jobs at its 1.2-million-square-foot LaFayette plant by July. Roper is Walker County’s largest private employer.
Solar Farm: A 100-acre solar power farm is coming to Davisboro in middle Georgia. The 10 MW project, which is expected to go online in summer 2015, is being billed as one of the largest in the state, generating enough power to light up about 1,500 homes. Smart Energy Capital and Jacoby Development Inc. will develop, finance and build the facility, selling the power generated to Marietta-based Cobb EMC.
New Plant: PyraMax Ceramics is investing $140 million to open a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant near Wrens, creating 60 new jobs. PyraMax manufactures and distributes ceramic pellets called prop-pant for use in the oil and natural gas drilling industry.
HQ to Dunwoody: CHEP USA is relocating its headquarters from Orlando, Fla., to Dunwoody, creating 173 jobs. The pallet and container leasing company is a part of Sydney, Australia-based Brambles Limited.
Lighting in Alpharetta: German company TUV SÜD opened a 30,000-square-foot laboratory in Alpharetta to test lighting equipment. The facility represents a $1 million investment and will eventually employ 20 to 30 people.