A Denmark-based automotive supplier has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in south Georgia expected to bring 250 jobs and $15 million to the state. Automotive emissions control and exhaust manufacturer Dinex Group will open its first U.S. plant in Dublin-Laurens County.
Caterpillar could break ground on its new Georgia plant within the next two weeks. Land planner Jon Williams said he submitted plans for the $200 million facility Friday afternoon, just hours after the firm announced they would build it near Athens.
Savannah business leaders have made support for a little-known state agency one of their legislative priorities for the next legislative session. A $1.3 million project for Herty Advanced Materials Development Center was the area's only specific funding request this year aside from Savannah harbor expansion. The agency is a high-tech research firm helping materials manufacturers.
Georgia policy makers say, they want to create good, high-paying jobs in manufacturing and logistics. But many of those jobs already exist. They're going unfilled because Georgians lack the skills to do them. Georgia's technical colleges are straining to meet employer needs.
There's a mismatch going on in the national workforce. A new survey says, a record 52% of US employers are having a hard time filling critical positions despite 14 million unemployed. In the coastal area, Cindy Landolt of Coastal Workforce Services says, employers are telling her, they're getting applicants that don't have key skills.
Georgia's manufacturing sector is hiring but the jobless rate isn't going down. Some manufacturers are pointing to a shortage of skilled workers as one reason the state isn't reaping the benefits of an uptick in manufacturing. Some manufacturers are having to search outside the state for workers with highly techical skills.
Mitsubishi Power is marking the end of one phase of construction and the beginning of another at its plant near Savannah. Officials with the Japanese heavy equipment maker say, they expect to begin work soon at their electrical turbine manufacturing facility in Pooler. The company will dedicate the plant, expected to employ 200 by the end of next year.