Making Headlines in Economic Development


Hubbell Incorporated to create 100 new jobs in Jackson County

(July 1, 2016, Jackson County, Georgia) The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Hubbell Incorporated, an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications, will create 100 new jobs in Jackson County.

“Hubbell Incorporated’s decision to open a new facility in Jackson County is a great win for the region,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “They will be able to tap into a talented workforce and business-friendly environment that will help them better serve a growing customer base. We will continue to work with our economic development partners in Jackson County to support the company in the future.”

Hubbell Incorporated was conceived by Harvey Hubbell in 1888. Today, Hubbell’s four groups – Hubbell Commercial / Industrial (HCI), Hubbell Lighting (HLI), Hubbell Construction / Energy (HCE) and Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) – offer a unique set of brands and products.

“We are excited to open this new facility in Jefferson, Georgia,” said Kevin Poyck, President of Hubbell Lighting. “The building and the location are a great strategic fit for our company.”

Since the company’s inception, Hubbell has evolved from a family owned business to a global player with 2015 revenues of $3.4 billion. Hubbell now offers a portfolio of more than 70 well known and respected brands, supported by an international workforce of more than 16,000 employees and agents.

“We’re delighted Hubbell Incorporated has chosen Jackson County to locate this important new facility,” said Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow. “We welcome Hubbell to this great community and look forward to a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership.”

“The City of Jefferson is excited to be selected as the location for the new Hubbell Incorporated Warehouse and Distribution Facility in the Jefferson Distribution Industrial Park. This will add to the diversity of companies doing business in the Jefferson Area and the 100 new jobs are always welcome”, said Mayor Plott.

GDEcD Director of Automotive, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Mike Grundmann represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.


Amazon to create more than 500 jobs in Jackson Coutny

(June 22, 2016, Jackson County, Georgia) Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Amazon will create more than 500 full-time jobs in the Braselton area. The 600,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Jackson County will be used for packing and shipping large items such as household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

"Amazon's decision to develop in Jackson County speaks to the strength and vitality of Georgia's business-friendly environment," said Deal. "We are thrilled that a global leader such as Amazon has chosen to expand its footprint here in Georgia. This project further bolsters Georgia's reputation as the nation's No. 1 state in which to do business."

Amazon currently employs more than 1,500 full-time employees in Georgia and there are more than 70,000 authors, sellers and developers statewide growing their business and reaching new customers through Amazon.

“We are excited to expand in the state of Georgia and add a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America operations. “This facility will create hundreds of new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one. From the local community to state leadership, we appreciate the tremendous support from elected officials for this project and we look forward to growing in the Peach State.”

Amazon customers will be able to support nearly 28,000 charitable organizations with operations in Georgia by shopping on, where they can designate a portion of their purchase price to their favorite charities through the company’s AmazonSmile program.

“We are excited that Amazon has chosen to locate in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow. “Amazon’s investment in Jackson County is not only an investment in our workforce but will create a partnership with our community, positively impacting us for years to come.”

“Braselton is delighted to welcome Amazon to the town,” said City of Braselton Mayor Bill Orr. “We have an outstanding corporate citizenship and Amazon is a great addition and fit for our community. Our town looks forward to partnering with Amazon and its employees.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Team director Brittany Holtzclaw represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project in partnership with the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority.

“Collaborating with one of the world’s most recognizable global brands as they grow their presence in Georgia is very exciting,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are thrilled Amazon made the decision to locate their new fulfillment center in Jackson County, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to impact the world from their Georgia operations.”


Williams-Sonoma launches 1-million-square-foot Braselton warehouse.

(March 17, 2016, Jackson County, Georgia) Williams-Sonoma Inc. will occupy a 1-million-square foot distribution center in Braselton, Ga., as the company retools its supply chain to be closer to Southeast customers.

The retailer known for its Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM), Pottery Barn and West Elm brands believes the move will also reduce outbound freight costs.

The Braselton distribution center, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, will be used for both home deliveries and for shipping products to its stores.

"We are further regionalizing our supply chain," CEO Laura Alber said in a March 16 call with analysts. "We know that being closer to our customers is the key to faster and lower cost delivery."


Takeuchi to build new distribution facility in Jackson County, GA.

(August 10, 2015, Jackson County, GA)  Takeuchi US announced plans today to build a new distribution facility on their existing campus in Pendergrass, Georgia. The existing building serves as the US operations of the Nagano, Japan-based company. Plans call for the distribution facility to add 40 percent more storage to the current operation, and to allow for additional employment opportunities within the company.

“We are really excited to be expanding our operations in Pendergrass, Georgia.  With the improved economy there has been an increase for machine demand,” said Clay Eubanks, President of Takeuchi US. “With this new facility we will be able to store parts and new products well into 2019.  This new building will not only allow us to continue to grow as a company, but will offer employment opportunities for our community.”

With a variety of products in the compact equipment industry, Takeuchi located its US Headquarters with training and parts distribution operations in the Valentine Farms Industrial Park in 2004. The facility currently has over 70 associates. “Takeuchi’s announcement to expand in Jackson County is great news for our community. Whenever an Established Industry chooses to expand with us it is a great endorsement of our business climate and workforce,” stated Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow.


Site Selection Magazine names Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce as a top Economic Development Organization for Micropolitans in 2015

(May 7 2015, Jackson County, GA)  Site Selection Magazine, a leading publication for corporate site selection and economic development recently named The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce one of the “Top Micropolitan Groups of the Year” for Economic Development in 2015. The Magazine cites for its reason for the ranking: “This years’ Top US Economic Development Groups are based on four objective project criteria: jobs, capital investment, jobs per capita and investment per capita as tracked in Conway’s proprietary New Plant Database. Additional criteria include the creativity of economic development strategy; scope of project activity; and the ability to accurately document the link between the EDO and real results”. A micropolitian area is defined as an area centered around a city (Jefferson) between 10,000 and 49,000 in population by the Office of Management and Budget. Out of 576 micropolitian areas in the US, Site Selection only named 20 economic development organizations to this list. Jackson County lead all 23 micropolitians in Georgia in total investment into a community for economic development projects and second in job creation.

Though not all of The Chamber projects were cited by the magazine due to timing and project types (Speculative Building investments and projects signed in late 2014 and announced in 2015) Jackson County growth was led by the startup of new warehouse operations by Ollie’s Bargain Outlets and DSC Logistics, combined with expansions by Deutz and Hitachi, job growth in the community was nicely balanced between new and established industries. “This is a major honor for our organization. Site Selection Magazine has an outstanding reputation in the economic development and corporate real estate community. We would like to thank our partners who help us in our mission for Jackson County’s continued growth and prosperity”, stated Chamber President/CEO/Director of Economic Development F. J. “Josh” Fenn.