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GDEcD Project Announcements September 2015
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Georgia Department of Economic Development

September Project Announcements

Deal: Suniva expansion to create 500 jobs

Leading manufacturer to invest $96M in Gwinnett Co. facility

ATLANTA, September 9, 2015—Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Suniva Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, will expand its facilities and invest $96 million in Gwinnett County. Operating at full capacity, the expanded facility in Norcross will create up to 500 jobs.

Headquartered in Norcross, Suniva will expand existing facilities to support the increase in the production capacity of solar cells. The $96 million investment will primarily go to the construction of facilities and new equipment. New jobs at the expanded facility include management, administrative, supervisory and production positions.

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin supported Suniva on behalf of the state of Georgia in partnering with Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, and Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development, with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Lauren Lambias with the Georgia Power Company.

Coastal Meats to bring 115 jobs to Louisville

New company to invest $15 million in Jefferson County venture

LOUISVILLE, GA, September 9, 2015—Coastal Meats plans to have some 115 new jobs filled and at work in its new chicken processing facility which will occupy the old Forstmann plant near Louisville.  Read more… 


Retrofit existing facility for manufacturing of vital 747-8 fuselage panels

ATLANTA, September 17, 2015Commissioner Chris Carr, local Macon-Bibb leaders and executives from The Boeing Company, Inc. announced today that Boeing Commercial Airplanes (a business unit of The Boeing Company, Inc.) will invest $81.7 million to retrofit and equip their existing defense-related facility in Macon-Bibb County for the manufacturing of 747-8 fuselage panels, creating up to 200 new jobs over the next three years. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial, business and defense jets and space security systems. The facility is located in the Macon-Bibb County Airport Industrial Park.

Way to go Candice Scott, Regional Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), who supported Boeing on behalf of the state of Georgia along with the Stephen Adams, Director of Operations, Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, and Patrick Topping, Senior Vice President, Macon Economic Development Commission. Read more…

Deal: Sandler AG to create more than 140 jobs in Houston County

German-based textile supplier to invest more than $30 million

ATLANTA, September 24, 2015—Gov. Nathan Deal announced today during an economic development mission to Germany that Sandler AG, a German textile supplier, will complete construction of a manufacturing plant in Warner Robins. This represents an investment of more than $30 million and will create more than 140 new jobs in Houston County.

Sandler is a privately-held, family-owned company that supplies textiles to international manufacturers, including a number of American Fortune 500 companies. The new Georgia facility will function as a production plant, warehouse and base for national sales and distribution. Sandler will begin recruiting employees and filling jobs for the facility in early 2016.

Congratulations to Nico Wijnberg, Senior Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Matt Colvin, Electric Cities of Georgia and Angie Gheesling, Executive Director, Houston County Development Authority throughout development and early construction who worked as a team on this project.  Read more…

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