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Atlanta, Georgia – Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced that secure economic development projects in all regions of the State of Georgia have resulted in job creation record for the first half of the fiscal year (July 1 and December 31, 2021). These 160 sites or extensions supported by GDEcD’s Global Commerce division will lead to the creation of nearly 24,400 jobs and an investment of $9.8 billion in the State.

“Businesses of all kinds find a welcome home in Georgia as they choose the Peach State to create thousands of new jobs and invest their time and money,” said Governor Kemp. “Global business is changing rapidly, and we have made it a priority to focus on creating opportunities for hard-working Georgians in every region that will last for generations. We look forward to the positive impact these projects will have when completed.

This represents a 52% increase in employment compared to the first six months of the previous fiscal year. Areas outside the Atlanta metro area, made up of 10 counties, accounted for 60% of jobs created and 78% of investments during the period.

Major industry sectors include automotive, advanced manufacturing, logistics and distribution, and data centers. In addition to the $5 billion investment and 7,500 jobs in a new carbon-conscious campus by an automotive innovator Rivian, additional projects focused on recycling and sustainability have gained traction in the state, adding to the ways Georgia will continue to contribute to tomorrow’s solutions. In Richmond County, Germany-based multi-metal recycler Aurubis will invest $340 million in a state-of-the-art secondary recycling and smelting facility – the first of its kind at U.S.-based Bioplastics NANTRenewables will build a manufacturing facility in Chatham County for the production of its everyday biodegradable products, such as plates and other tableware.

These companies join pre-2021 investments such as Power socket inc.which inaugurated a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County in August.

Among the variety of projects in rural communities, headquartered in Georgia Amcor chose Bacon County for its new manufacturing facility for its subsidiary, InFlex. The $8 million, 100-job Alma project will help Thomson-based Amcor continue to provide technologies and products such as lightweight, high-strength polymer products used in the automotive, packaging and building.

In addition to these investments, the Georgia Ports Authority has played a key role in securing various projects such as temperature-controlled storage leader Lineage Logistics and help American Peanut Growers Group products reach their global customer base. Other logistics assets driving Georgia’s growth include Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the state’s extensive rail network, growing cold storage facilities, and departmental maintenance and development. of Georgia Transportation’s Georgia Highway and Interstate System.

Germany again ranked among the top countries for foreign direct investment, along with Canada, Japan and France. Four companies from each of these countries moved to or expanded in Georgia during the period, and the State of Georgia also has international offices in each region. Netherlands projects lead in both jobs and investment, closely followed by Korea in both categories. Based in the Netherlands Vanderland in Marietta announced a 500-job, $59 million expansion at Marietta. The subsidiary of the Korean multinational SK Group, SKC, will join forces with other business partners to manufacture glass-based substrates for semiconductor chips in Covington. The company will invest more than $473 million in this unprecedented venture, which involved research conducted at Georgia Tech’s Packaging Research Center – an example of a looped investment.

Cannondalea premium brand of Dorel Industries, Inc., and Remington Weapons were among the sports and outdoor businesses that chose Georgia for their growth needs. These companies have announced locations in Effingham County and Troup County, respectively.

The state’s award-winning Georgia Quick Start workforce training program has helped secure a variety of projects, including an expansion to Made in Georgia leader in comfort technologies Violet Innovation, Inc. in Henry County; door manufacturer Steves & Sons Inc.the location of in Turner County; and in Walker County, the expansion of another Georgia Certified Manufacturer, the GE Appliances subsidiary Roper Corporation. For more than 40 years, Quick Start has offered specialized training tailored specifically to the needs of companies. The unique program is administered by the Georgia Technical College System.

Technology projects also remain on the rise. Micron Technoloy, Inc., Ciscoand Visa are among Atlanta companies that are a testament to Georgia’s growing role in technology and innovation. The new $500 million campus announced for Intuitive surgical operations in Gwinnett highlights the growing strength of Georgia’s diverse life science communities, which employ more than 68,000 people in biotechnology, biopharma, medical devices, research, animal science, cybersecurity, etc.

“There is no better way to ensure the health and prosperity of our families, schools, communities and state than by providing Georgians with access to the jobs of the future. Governor Kemp’s focus on protecting the lives and livelihoods of our citizens over the past two years has led to an incredibly bright future in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I am proud to thank our many partners who have made these transformational projects a reality.

About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the commercial and marketing arm of the state, the primary agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of industry and existing small businesses, locating new markets for Georgian products, attracting tourists to Georgia and promoting the state as an arts destination and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for the economic development. Visit georgia.org for more information.

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