Economic Development Around the State
Announcements in Warner Robins, West Point, Flowery Branch and beyond.
Indoor Ag: Pete’s, a California-based green-house grower, is investing $18 million in its first eastern U.S. indoor, controlled-environment agriculture facility in Warner Robins. The indoor growing facility requires 90% less land and water compared to traditional farming.
Troup County Auto: Auto parts manufacturer Hyundai TRANSYS Georgia Seating System LLC is investing $9 million to expand operations in West Point. The expansion will create more than 150 jobs, bringing the company’s total employment in Georgia to more than 1,890.
Smart Distribution: Smart-home and energy- efficient lighting brand Feit Electric is investing more than $25 million in a 268,940-square-foot distribution center in Henry County. It will create 120 jobs.
East Point Data: Microsoft recently purchased another 125-acre site in East Point near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for $18.7 million to expand its data center network. The company will build a 250,000-square-foot data center, part of making Atlanta its East Coast hub.
Breaking Ground: California-based power- tool maker Makita USA Inc. broke ground on a 600,000-square-foot facility on 80 acres in Flowery Branch. The company plans to hire 200 at this location, which is to open in January.
Floyd Expansion: Ball Corp. is expanding, creating a 750,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center on 109 acres in Rome. The $51.8 million investment will bring 70 new jobs over three years.
Macon Tires: Kumho Tire is expanding in Macon-Bibb County, adding 20,000 square feet to its existing facility. The $21.8 million investment will allow the facility to produce an additional 500,000 tires annually.
Rome Film Studio: Playa Azul Media Studios, the first Latina-owned production company in Georgia, is establishing a film and television production center in Rome. Several productions are already using the facility and the studio is working with schools like Georgia Highlands College, Piedmont College and the Georgia Film Academy to create opportunities for students.