Economic Development Around the State

New projects in Alpharetta, Duluth, Adairsville and more
Economic Development Graphic
Graphic by Penny R. Alligood

Southern Relocation: RFID and security solutions manufacturer ZKTeco is relocating its headquarters from New Jersey to Alpharetta. The $5-million investment will create 40 jobs.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. is locating its North American headquarters in Duluth creating 75 new jobs. It’s also adding more than 100 new jobs to its facility in Athens and 50 in Gainesville, representing a total investment of $120 million.

Tourism Impact: Georgia’s tourism industry broke another record in 2017 with a $63.1-billion economic impact, a 3.8 percent increase from 2016. The sector employs more than 460,000 in the state.

East Coast Hub: San Francisco-based tech company Samsara has opened its East Coast hub in Midtown Atlanta. The company now employs about 25 people and plans to have more than 400 in three years.

City Accolades: Savannah is the fastest-growing industrial market in the country according to Colliers International, a global real estate and investment management company. Meanwhile, Athens was named No. 8 by the Milken Institute in its top small cities for job and economic growth. The city jumped up 34 spots from the previous year’s ranking.

Flooring Expansion: Shaw Industries is expanding in Adairsville. The second phase of the expansion is adding more than 300 employees and 500,000 square feet.

Douglas Data: T5, a data center operator, is planning to open two 145,000-square-foot facilities in Douglas County.

Maintenance Services: Southern Sky Aviation opened a new office at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, adding four employees. The Birmingham, Ala.-based company will conduct charter and aircraft-on-ground maintenance services.

Categories: Economic Development Around The State, Up Front