Economic Development: May 2013
Tractors in Jefferson: Kubota Corporation celebrated the grand opening of its $73-million Kubota Tractor facility in Jefferson. The 522,000-square-foot manufacturing building is bringing 200 jobs to Jackson County.
Transformation: The former Gateway Village mixed-use project at the entrance of Clayton State University is being rebooted as University Station, a $75-million investment with an 80-room hotel, three-story office building, refurbishments to an existing sound stage to capitalize on the county’s growing film industry, and 100,000 square feet for retail and restaurants.
Carroll Project: Printpack, Inc. is undergoing a $66-million expansion in Villa Rica. The expansion will add 20 new jobs.
IT in Atlanta: Athena-health, a Massachusetts-based healthcare information technology company, is expanding its Atlanta operations in the Ponce City Market concept, bringing 700 high-paying jobs to the city. The move represents a $10-million investment.
Mixed-Use in Decatur: A $40-million mixed-use project is coming to De-catur. The 2.5-acre parcel would be anchored by an existing 125,000-square-foot office building and include 240 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail.
Jobs in Cobb: Consult-ing, technology and outsourcing company Infosys is adding 200 new jobs this year at its Cobb County location.
Rome Expansion: Brugg Cables recently completed a $6-million expansion in Rome, tripling its production space. The company makes fiber-optic ground wire cables for utility companies.
Senior Living: A $20-million, 130-unit senior residential project will be built in Columbia County as part of the Marshall Square development in Evans. The three-story luxury apartment building by Nebraska-based Resort Lifestyle Communities will include a town square with retail and a 150-seat theater.
R&D in Savannah: Arizona Chemical is expanding in Savannah. The $10-million, 27,000-square-foot science & technology center will house 50 R&D scientists and will replace the company’s existing Chatham County facility.
New Waterpark: Lake Winnepesauka in Walker County is expanding. The family-owned amusement park is adding a five-acre waterpark. The project is creating 100 temporary construction jobs and roughly 50 to 60 seasonal park jobs once it opens this summer.
Relocation: Medical diagnostic imaging systems manufacturer Digirad Corp. is relocating its headquarters from San Diego to Atlanta.