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All Eyes on

Georgia Georgia ranks #1 as all eyes watch the outcome of two important Senate races. by T.R. CUTLER

With the January 5th two senate races runoff election just a few weeks away, all eyes are on Georgia. The outcome is important and may portend other trends in manufacturing throughout the next four years. There are some interesting manufacturing trends occurring in Georgia worth watching. TEKLAS, a Turkey-based advanced research and development, manufacturing company and supplier of electric vehicle parts, will invest $6.5 million in opening their first North American facility and headquarters in Calhoun, Georgia. The project is expected to create 120 jobs in Gordon County. The 200,000-square-foot facility and headquarters will include assembly lines to serve the most prominent original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the industry with the start of its operations in the spring of 2021. “Headquartered in Turkey, and with locations in Bulgaria, Serbia, Mexico, and China, along with sales offices in Germany and France, we are very excited to open a new plant in Calhoun, Georgia,” said Regional Director for Teklas Arcan Ergur. “Our Calhoun, Georgia location will help us be closer to our main customers.”

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Ken’s Foods, a privately-held food manufacturing company, will invest $103 million to expand manufacturing and distribution operations at Midland Industrial Park in Henry County, Georgia. The project will include new production lines and building upgrades to its manufacturing facility, along with the relocation of its support facility operations to a 343,625-square-foot space in Midland Industrial Park. This expansion will create 70 additional jobs, including positions in food processing, manufacturing, and distribution, along with careers in management and supervision. “For 25 years, we’ve grown together, and we’re proud to extend our partnership with Henry County and the State of Georgia,” said Bob Merchant, COO for Ken’s Foods, Inc. “When you’re able to expand operations in an area that provides a hardworking, can-do base of talent and couple that with the favorable business environment the State of Georgia has developed, you dive right in.” Marine and power sports company Outdoor Network (ODN) will invest nearly $22 million in two projects in Albany, Georgia. The company’s new advanced manufacturing facility and expansion of

Profile for Manufacturing Outlook

Manufacturing Outlook for December 2020  

In this issue: Major Shifts In Manufacturing: From Industry 1.0 To The COVID Disruption And Industry 5.0, All Eyes On Georgia: Georgia Ranks...

Manufacturing Outlook for December 2020  

In this issue: Major Shifts In Manufacturing: From Industry 1.0 To The COVID Disruption And Industry 5.0, All Eyes On Georgia: Georgia Ranks...