Erdrich Bringing 178 Jobs
Metal Stamping Manufacturer Locating In Laurens
By: Jason Halcombe - The Courier Herald (January 24, 2012)
The economic forecast for Laurens County got brighter Tuesday, after Gov. Nathan Deal announced German manufacturer Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG was planning to construct a $39 million, 130,000 square foot metal stamping facility that is expected to employ 178 people in Dublin.
"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 is proud to welcome Erdrich to our state.
"Meetings were scheduled this morning for the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, Dublin City Council and Laurens County Commissioners to complete the approval process for the new industry, which will be located at the Development Authority's I-16 Industrial Park off Ga. 257.
The midsized familyowned company 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 currently has two plants in Germany, one in the Czech Republic and another in China that supply parts to other automotive supplier companies as well as to BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.
Erdrich CEO Georg Erdrich gave Laurens County high marks in the company's decision to make Dublin its first U.S. home.
"Following an extensive multi-state search for the right U.S. business location for our company, we were elighted to find the right fit in Dublin," Erdrich said. "This very pro-business community met our requirements with respect to logistics to our customers, access for our suppliers, operating costs, workforces and quality of life. The economic development leadership at the state and local level worked closely with us to make our decision a business location based on confidence in the data, the business analysis and the leadership."""; :l:
The 130,000 square-foot metal stamping facility will be the first industry to locate at the I-16 Industrial Park site located on Achord Rd. The company expects its Georgia plant to mirror the size and importance of its German operations in supplying its North American customers, with a 2013 start date for the operation.
According to the company's website, Erdrich first began its stamping operation in 2002, manufacturing deep drawn steel brake pistons in proprietiory automated production lines. The company's capacity of eight million allowed it to expand in 2003, which further increased steel brake piston product to 17 million pieces.
The company is expected to partner with Georgia's Quick Start 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 Georg Erdrich are the type of people we love to welcome to our community. We look forward to many successful years ahead with Erdrich and our community."
"Georgia has a range of assets for advanced manufacturers that keeps our state at the 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."
Georgia's international office in Munich developed the relationship with Erdrich to initiate this business opportunity for the state. Jim Blair, GDEcD director for Foreign Direct Investment, managed this project on behalf of the state, in partnership with the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.
Dublin-Laurens officials spent a good portion of one day touring Erdrich's German headquarters in June during a economic development trip to Europe.
Dist. 143 representative Matt Hatchett said it was a great day for Dublin and Laurens County.
"I want to congratulate the Development Authority because I know they have worked with this particular company for more than a year," Hatchett said. "And I want to thank the people of Laurens County for approving the SPLOST funds for economic development. Without that we would not be having the success we are currently experiencing.
"Congratulations to Cal Wray and the Development Authority. And thanks to the Governor and the Department of Economic Development for working so closely with our folks here at home. This is a great day for the people of Laurens County."
The Heart of Georgia Mega Site is located on Interstate 16 (Exit 58) with river and rail access on the site. The site is primarily in timber production which offers great flexibility in establishing this site as Laurens County's next major industrial development.