Atlanta stands as a beacon for businesses seeking strategic advantages and a favorable environment. With the bustling Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—one of the world’s busiest—and an extensive highway network, the metro area provides unparalleled connectivity, establishing itself as a hub for efficient logistics and access to diverse markets. The state of Georgia’s business-friendly reputation, coupled with low corporate taxes and incentives, has lured companies from various industries, solidifying Atlanta’s position as a prime destination.
Atlanta’s economic resilience and diversity further enhance its allure, spanning finance, technology, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare. The city offers a dynamic landscape for companies of all sizes, supported by leading educational and research institutions that ensure a skilled workforce, particularly beneficial for businesses in technology and innovation. Complemented by vibrant cultural offerings and a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, Atlanta presents an attractive overall package for enterprises looking to establish themselves in the southeastern United States.
KNOWAtlanta rounded up its growing list of big business moves made to the metro area in recent years:
- AFB Internationalinvested over $79 million in a new facility in Columbus, set to create 100 new jobs in the next five years as a pet food ingredients manufacturer.
- Anduril Industries allocated $60 million for a new manufacturing and research facility in Atlanta, contributing to the defense technology sector.
- Boehringer Ingelheim invested $57 million in a new 63,000-square-foot facility at its Animal Health Global Innovation Center in Athens, solidifying its presence in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Boston Scientific committed $62.5 million to manufacturing and supply chain facilities in Johns Creek, creating 340 new jobs over the next seven years in the medical device sector.
- Denkai America established its North American headquarters and manufacturing facility in Augusta for electric vehicle battery foil production.
- Duluth Trading Company invested $53 million in a new distribution facility in Adairsville, creating over 300 jobs in Bartow County.
- Ecopol, an Italian biodegradable film manufacturer, invested more than $38 million in Spalding County for its first North American facility.
- G&A Partners expanded operations in Georgia, North Carolina and Southern Florida, bringing high-quality client experience and top-tier Cigna plans to small and mid-sized businesses in Atlanta, Miami, Raleigh and Charlotte.
- Hanwha Advanced Materials Georgia, Inc. constructed a new manufacturing facility in Cartersville, investing an estimated $147 million and creating over 160 jobs.
- Home Chef, a Kroger-owned meal-producing company, opened a full-service kitchen facility in Douglasville.
- Jack Link’s, a meat snacks manufacturer, expanded its global reach by building a new manufacturing facility in Perry, with a $450 million investment expected to create 800 jobs.
- Meissner Corporation, a bioprocessing company, invested almost $250 million in a new facility in Athens-Clarke County, creating more than 1,700 jobs over the next eight years.
- Okabashi Brands, a third-generation family-owned shoe company, reinvested in its Buford facility and doubling production. The plan to invest $20 million over the next five years will add 340 new jobs to the area.
- PHA, a global auto parts manufacturer and Tier-1 supplier for Hyundai Motor Group, is set to create 402 new jobs and invest more than $67 million in a new facility in Chatham County.
- Profile Products, a sustainable agriscience company, built a campus in Monticello in Jasper County, investing $35 million and creating 80 new jobs.
- Proctor & Gamble Distributing, LLC, an American multinational creator of personal healthcare and hygiene products, invested $205 million in a new distribution facility in Jackson, creating 350 new jobs in Butts County.
- Saint-Gobain ADFORS North America, an international light and sustainable construction company, promised to create 400 new jobs by 2024 in Laurens County.
- Sam’s Club is creating 600 new jobs and investing more than $142 million in a new fulfillment center in Douglas County, part of the company’s strategy to transform its entire supply chain through strategic expansion and cutting-edge automation.
- Seohan Auto, an automotive parts developer and manufacturer, is set to create at least 180 jobs and invest more than $72 million in a new manufacturing facility in Liberty County.
- Seoyon E-HWA, a global auto parts manufacturer, established a new manufacturing facility in Chatham County, investing almost $76 million and creating 740 jobs.
- Sewon America, a subsidiary of Sewon Precision Industry Co. in Korea, planning to invest $300 million and create 740 new jobs in Rincon, marking the largrest private investment in the city’s history.
- SK Battery America, a subsidiary of the South Korean conglomerate SK Group, opened a regional IT hub facility in Roswell, creating 200 high-tech jobs and investing approximately $19 million over the next few years.
- SungEel Recycling Park Georgia, a lithium-ion battery recycler and raw materials provider, recycles 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.
- 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company, announced a $120 million investment in Covington by developing a new facility that will generate more than four times as much food as the company’s largest facility in Hamilton, Ohio.
- Tim Hortons, a Canadian coffee and breakfast chain, is set to debut in Atlanta.
Fortune 500 & 1000 Companies
These enterprises, spanning diverse sectors, contribute to Atlanta’s economic vibrancy, creating jobs and fostering innovation. Atlanta continues to attract global players across various industries, showcasing its prowess as a strategic business hub. Additionally, the city proudly hosts 19 Fortune 500 companies and 34 Fortune 1000 businesses, including household names like Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, Inc., The Southern Company, WestRock and Intercontinental Exchange. These Fortune-ranked entities exemplify Atlanta’s reputation for providing a business-friendly atmosphere, making it an ideal home for major corporations.
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