Economic Development: October 2014
In the Spotlight: The movie business continues to grow by leaps and bounds in Georgia. During the 2014 fiscal year, 158 feature film and TV productions were shot in the state, representing a $5.1-billion economic impact – up from $3.3 billion just one year ago.
Dublin Glass: Valmiera Glass is locating its first U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Laurens County. The Latvia-based fiberglass products manufacturer will invest $20 million and create 150 jobs.
Big Pour: DraftServ Technologies is expanding in Gwinnett County. The draft beverage service provider will double the size of its facility and add 50 new employees over the next two years.
Freight Move: Cincinnati, Ohio-based Total Quality Logistics is investing $1 million into a Midtown Atlanta facility. The freight brokerage firm will hire 75.
Tech Development: Deloitte has selected Atlanta as the site for its new technology development center. The Atlanta “iLab” will create 400 high-tech jobs and develop software and analytics products for its clients.
Material Testing: West Penn Testing Group is opening a site in Bryan County. The $3-million, 30,000-square-foot material testing facility will employ 70.
Caring for Seniors: The $20-million Bostick Nursing Center, a geriatric care facility, is under construction in Baldwin County on 16 acres of the former Central State Hospital campus. When completed, the 280-bed facility will create 225 jobs.
Shifting Jobs: Madison-based specialty glass manufacturer Anthony International is shifting its frame and door operations 30 miles east to Conyers and moving 150 jobs.
Distribution Hub: Columbus, Ohio-based Kimball Midwest is opening a Southeast distribution center in Savannah. The 142,000-square-foot facility should be up and running by the end of the year.
Consolidating: Norcross-based ProSys Information Systems Inc. is consolidating three of its integration centers into a new 138,000-square-foot location in Forsyth County.
Veteran Support: A $10-million education and training center for veterans is under construction in Warner Robins. The 32,000-square-foot Georgia Military Academic Training Center (MATC) is a partnership between the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia.