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Ornamental stones manufacturer Guidoni Group will create 455 jobs in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday.

The company will open a $96 million facility in McRae-Helena, Georgia.

"We are proud to welcome yet another leading international manufacturer as they set up shop in Georgia,” Kemp said. “With access to Georgia’s world-class ports system, logistics infrastructure, and top-ranked workforce, I am confident that Guidoni will find success as they create great opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Telfair County. "

Guidoni is an international entity that has locations in 70 countries on five continents. Rafael Dalmaso Guidoni, the company’s CEO, is overseeing the project in McRae-Helena. The Georgia manufacturing facility will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

“We are pleased to announce that operations at our Georgia facility are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2020,” he said. “Guidoni Group was built upon the great pillars of a prosperous business: commitment, perseverance, dedication, and passion.”

The company has set up a U.S. subsidiary, Guidoni USA Inc., in Georgia. The McRae-Helena location will serve as the company’s North American headquarters.

“Telfair County is excited to announce the location of Guidoni USA, Inc. in McRae-Helena,” said Herman Moore, chairman of the Development Authority of Telfair County, where the facility will be located. “We are grateful for this new industry and proud to welcome them to the community. This endeavor was achieved through local and state agencies working together along with surrounding counties offering support and guidance.”

The influx of jobs will add to the 5.1 million jobs already in Georgia’s workforce. The unemployment rate is also at a steady decline in the state. October labor department numbers show an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, below the national rate.

“We are excited to welcome Guidoni USA, Inc. to McRae-Helena,” said McRae-Helena Mayor Mike Young. "This investment and job creation will have a major, positive impact on our local community. It has been a pleasure working with Guidoni, and we look forward to continuing that relationship as they make Telfair County their new home.”

Staff Reporter

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.