More than new 300 jobs are being created in Georgia as more companies are planning to set their stakes and expand in the state, Gov. Brian Kemp announced.
Three companies will invest more than $220 million by expanding operations in Georgia, Kemp said this week.
“As the Top State for Business six years in a row, Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and this expansion is indicative of that unrivaled success,” Kemp said in a statement.
Technology company Parsons Corporation will add 80 more jobs to its base at the Georgia Cyber Center. Paint services company Dean Baldwin Painting will build a new hangar and employ 115 workers. Packaging company Ball Corp. will set up a facility with 180 jobs.
For the sixth year in a row, Georgia was rated the “Top State for Business” by Area Development, a business publication. Selected by a poll, the ranking is based on the cost of doing business, corporate taxes, incentive programs, access to capital, government policies and workforce development, among other things.
Parsons’ expansion is part of the state’s $100 million investment into the Georgia Cyber Center. The center, located in Augusta, Georgia, consists of two buildings that accommodate offices for academia, state and federal government, law enforcement, the U.S. Army and the private sector.
Parsons’ original buy-in to the center required 26 positions. The new hiring influx will support its cyber business with the U.S. Army Cyber Command.
Dean Baldwin’s move was part of a competitive process. The company chose Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia, out of several locations throughout the South and Southeast region of the United States.
Dean Baldwin provides strip and painting services for military and commercial aircraft. It says it will invest $21 million into the project.
“We are all very excited about this new location and the prospect of doing business in the aviation-friendly state of Georgia with its famous southern hospitality; it’s a well-planned expansion for us,” CEO Barbara Baldwin-McNulty said. “Not only does this new facility address our need for more capacity, but it also places us closer to new and current customers in the Southeast.”
Ball Corp. will invest $200 million into a new plant in Rome, Georgia. The aluminum packaging company would be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020, according to company officials.
“This decision by Ball Corporation will strengthen our community and create good jobs for our residents,” Rome Mayor Bill Collins said.
Georgia’s labor force continues to grow along with its job market, according to the state's labor department.
The total workforce is more than 5.1 million as of September. The state's unemployment matches the national rate at 3.5 percent.