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Feb. 9 – Business Announcements From Around the State: Corgaglio Group, OFS and VanReit Material Handling

Category: Manufacturing

Coastal Empire News Staff Report

February 9, 2018 –The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has made three announcements over the past week of new companies relocating or expanding into Georgia ... all foreign companies.

Corvaglia Group, a Switzerland based supplier to the beverage industry, will build a new manufacturing facility in Newnan. The new operation will create a variety of advanced manufacturing jobs and bring an investment of $25 million to Coweta County.

According to GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson, “Our economic development partners played a huge role in landing this project, and I am grateful for their commitment to the state. Coweta County is perfectly suited to meet the needs of this company, and I look forward to their future success.”

The new U.S.  production facility will complement corvaglia’s existing operations in Eschlikon, Switzerland and Ixtlahuaca, Mexico. corvaglia employs approximately 275 individuals worldwide.

Corvaglia Closures USA President and General Manager is James B. Fisher, who confirmed that the facility will be operational by the end of 2018.  Additionally, corvaglia will bring high-speed digital printing to the new U.S. facility.

Trae Westmoreland serves as President of the Coweta County Development Authority.

OFS to Create 200 Jobs, Invest $138.9 Mil in Gwinnett and Carroll Counties

And, OFS Fitel, LLC (OFS), manufacturer of optical fiber products, will create 200 jobs and invest $138.9 million in the expansion of both their Norcross and Carrollton facilities.

“It is always a win when an existing industry commits to an expansion, but what makes this announcement even more impactful that is that OFS is creating job opportunities at two facilities in the state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Wilson.

OFS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese parent company, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.  In 2017 Furukawa Electric announced plans to nearly double its 2016 optical fiber manufacturing capacity by 2019 and to increase its optical fiber cable manufacturing capacity. Japan is a leading investor nation in Georgia, ranking first among Georgia’s international investors based on total dollar value of investments, and third based on total number of facilities.

“The proliferation of hyper-scale and edge data centers, 5G wireless, and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), along with the greater digitization of communications in business, are creating the need for fiber in the Georgia and around the world,” said Timothy F. Murray, head of the Global Optical Fiber and Cable business of Furukawa Electric and CEO of OFS. 

VanReit Material Handling Systems to Create 70 Jobs in Fulton County

VanRiet Material Handling Systems, a Dutch manufacturer of automated transport and sorting solutions, will create more than 70 jobs in Fulton County. This will be VanRiet’s fourth location, and first in the United States.

“International investment is a vital component to the state’s economy, and we find that Georgia provides the ideal environment for international companies to thrive,” said GDEcD Commissioner Wilson. “We are excited that VanRiet Material Handling Systems chose Georgia. Our dedication to maintaining strong global partnerships has allowed us to maintain a welcoming environment for international companies such as VanRiet.”

VanRiet Material Handling Systems, specialist in automatic transport and sorting solutions, is focusing on the American market by opening a facility in Fulton County. The market is of interest for the Dutch system integrator due to the growing demand for solutions in North America among its current customers. In the U.S. the company will deliver sub-systems and cooperate with other system integrators in the CEP, e-commerce and 3PL markets.

“Moreover, we find that the automation wave that has swept Europe in the last ten years is only just gaining ground there. So, it is a good time to go there,” adds the company’s Marketing Manager Henne Tap.

GDEcD’s Director of International Investment, Nico Wijnberg, represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Georgia EMC.

The company’s COO Milton Ng-a-Tham, added,  “It was a logical step to open a facility in America where we can produce and assemble. We have already sold approximately 65 High Capacity Sorters so far to keep our facility in Atlanta running until the end of 2018. After weighing the pros and cons, we chose Atlanta to open our first location in America. Atlanta offers a number of key benefits. It has world-class facilities and is also a host to industrial fairs. Atlanta is very easy to reach, boasting the largest airport and it is close to the port of Savannah, the largest container terminal in North America. This allows for efficient and fast import of materials from Houten, our HQ in The Netherlands.”


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