Thursday, 23 August 2012 16:03

Auto Supplier to Build $62 Million Plant, Create 220 Jobs

Austrian auto parts supplier voestalpine Metal Forming, under its automotive body parts unit, plans to invest $62 million to build a plant near Cartersville, GA, creating 220 jobs.
The new facility will be its first in the Southeast. The industrial park is located at the midpoint between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

Voestalpine will make metal auto body parts and structural components at the new facility, which will anchor the planned 707-acre Highland 75 industrial park off Interstate 75 in Bartow County, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced Aug. 15.

Cartersville’s convenient location and receptive business environment played a key role in attracting the company, said Herbert Eibensteiner, CEO of voestalpine Metal Forming GmbH and a board member at parent company voestalpine AG.

Voestalpine’s Metal Forming Division, and specifically its automotive body parts unit, provides the automotive industry and well-respected suppliers with a complete range of pressed parts in the body-in-white segment, as well as highly innovative structural components. The company’s customers represent several of the leading manufacturers in the automotive and automotive supply industries.

Voestalpine Group includes 400 production and sales companies employing 45,600 people in 60-plus countries.

Bartow County’s geographic advantages played a significant role in voestalpine’s decision to choose Bartow County for this new manufacturing operation. With convenient access to I-75, the company can efficiently reach its key U.S. customers in the Southeast and can remain globally connected with ease of access to the Port of Savannah.

“Projects like this do not just happen without the efforts of many involved and committed people,” said Bartow County Sole Commissioner Clarence Brown. “Years of hard work from the Joint Development Authority and others are now beginning to pay off. When we made the investment in Highland 75 we felt like this was the way to attract jobs. We welcome voestalpine as the first company in Highland 75 and we are excited about the positive economic impact it will have, particularly through jobs it plans to create in our county.”

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