It’s no secret that Georgia has been recognized for its exceptional business-friendly environment. In fact, Site Selection has named it the number one state for doing business for eight consecutive years. That kind of reputation undoubtedly attracts companies of all sizes to settle in the area every year, establishing headquarters, distribution centers, customer service operations and more, while other companies look to expand in the area. Here are some of the most recent big business moves to our fair city and its surrounding areas.
Wisconsin-based Duluth Trading Company, a workwear and casual wear clothing retail company for men and women, will be building a new distribution facility in Adairsville, creating more than 300 jobs with a $53 million investment in Bartow County. The facility, a first-of-its-kind automated distribution and fulfillment center, will be located at the Ashley Capital building at 400 International Parkway in Adairsville. The company’s investment in the center contributes to its digital growth and expansion and will serve customers and the company’s stores, including one in Kennesaw. The company will be hiring full- and part-time warehouse associates.
Profile Products, a sustainable agriscience company, will build a campus in Monticello in Jasper County, investing $35 million and creating 80 new jobs. This agriscience technology manufacturer will produce wood-based erosion control technologies and horticulture substrates. Based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Profile Products develops and manufactures engineered specialty agriscience materials designed to enhance and protect the natural environment. The company’s solutions serve horticulture, erosion control, sports turf and other applications to improve vegetation growth, water conservation and carbon sequestration, including establishing sustainable vegetation at business parks, housing and commercial developments and shopping centers.
SungEel Recycling Park Georgia, a lithium-ion battery recycler and raw materials provider, will be recycling end-of-life batteries and battery manufacturing scrap at its first U.S. recycling center in Toccoa in Stephens County as Georgia’s electric vehicle industry continues to grow. This subsidiary of Korea-based SungEel HiTech is expected to create 104 jobs in Stephens County with this $37 million investment. SungEel Recycling Park Georgia specializes in complete recycling technology with a 100 percent full circulatory system that recycles nickel, cobalt and lithium. The new facility will be located at the Haystone Brady Business Park in Toccoa.
Denkai America will locate its North American headquarters and new manufacturing facility on a 115-acre site in Augusta to establish an electrodeposited copper foil production facility that will focus on electric vehicle battery foil. The company’s goal is to create 250 new jobs over the next five years with the $430 million investment. Denkai America’s materials are used in printed circuit board applications in the aerospace and defense industries and now will be used in lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles. The facility is expected to be fully operational by December 2024, and the company will hire skilled industrial technicians, production managers and engineers.
Missouri-based AFB International, a manufacturer of pet food ingredients, is expected to create 100 new jobs in the next five years with more than $79 million invested in a new facility in Columbus. AFB develops, manufactures and sells palatant ingredients, which are designed to improve the taste of pet food for dogs and cats. AFB’s new facility will be located at Muscogee Technology Park with operations expected to begin in 2024. AFB is expected to hire for positions in management, operations, engineering and administrative support.