Governor Nathan Deal announced today that German auto-parts supplier Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH & Co.KG is investing $39 million to build a new metal-stamping plant in Dublin, Georgia, located in Laurens County.
“Automotive industry suppliers find in Georgia the logistics infrastructure, skilled workforce and overall business environment necessary for them to compete globally while meeting the needs of their customers,” Deal said. “I am also encouraged to see yet another German company call Georgia home, indicating even further that our efforts to build and foster international relationships are yielding positive results. Georgia proudly welcomes Erdrich to our state.” Erdrich is a midsized family-owned company that produces complex metal parts and subassemblies for the automotive industry, and has been in the metal stamping business for more than 50 years. The company has two plants in Germany, one in the Czech Republic and another in China that supplies parts to other automotive supplier companies as well to BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.
Attracting another manufacturing plant like this does more than simply create jobs in Dublin, Georgia. It highlights the need for skilled labor, not just educated, but skilled. It also underscores the importance of the continued development of the Port of Savannah and Georgia’s privately-owned freight railroad network. This comes on the heels of news that VW division Audi is considering building a North American plant, and Mercedes-Benz is doing the same. Of course
Porsche Peach Pundit readers already know that Porsche Cars North America is headquartered in Sandy Springs and Porsche will build a new headquarters campus near the airport.
Last week, Gov. Deal joined Atlanta’s Mayor and Congressman John Lewis in announcing that the U.S. Department of Transportation named Georgia Tech one of 10 National Tier One university transportation centers (UTCs). The Georgia Tech UTC will focus on regional and national transportation issues including highway safety and economic competiveness. Deal also toured Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia‘s West Point manufacturing facility. Georgia Tech has estimated that the West Point plant has an economic impact of $4 billion per year. Georgia’s Quick Start program was cited for developing training programs to help Georgians qualify for jobs at Kia and Erdlich.
Here’s hoping that this helps attract one or both of the potential manufacturing facilities from Audi and Mercedes.
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Finally, a bunch of politicians said stuff:
Erdrich will collaborate with Quick Start, Georgia’s nationally recognized workforce training program, to train the company’s workforce on a range of advanced manufacturing applications. Quick Start provides tailored and industry-specific training resources free of charge to qualified new, expanding and existing companies creating new jobs in Georgia. “We are extremely proud to have a proven company like Erdrich choose Dublin and Laurens County,” said Jimmy Allgood, chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority. “Nicolas and George Erdrich are the type people we love to welcome to our community. We look forward to many successful years ahead with Erdrich and our community.”Georgia’s international office in Munich, Germany, developed the relationship with Erdrich to initiate this business opportunity for the state. Jim Blair, GDEcD director of Foreign Direct Investment, managed this project on behalf of the state, in partnership with the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.“Georgia has a range of assets for advanced manufacturers that keeps our state top of mind for international companies and others deciding to expand or set up new locations,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “These companies require a well-trained workforce and the ability to efficiently reach customers. They find that and much more in Georgia.” As positions become available at Erdrich, interested applicants can apply and get additional information at the Laurens County Department of Labor office.