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Highland 75 in Bartow announces first tenant
by Monica Burge
August 21, 2012 03:37 PM | 3386 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Austrian-based automotive industry supplier has plans to build a manufacturing facility in Bartow County’s Highland 75 Industrial Park, creating 220 jobs and investing $62 million.

The company, voestalpine Metal Forming, under its automotive body parts unit, plans to open the facility in July 2013.

“We are just really excited about the possibility of these folds relocating here,” said Cartersville-Bartow County Joint Development Authority Chairman James Jarrett. “They’re an excellent company.”

The JDA announced the news at a special called meeting Aug. 15 where the authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the company.

Following the special meeting Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown approved the memorandum haling it as a milestone for the county.

“This could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to Bartow County,” Brown said. “It’s a great day.”

According to a news release, 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.

“As a supplying partner to the automotive industry, we have a very high commitment to quality to both innovative products and smooth supply chains,” said CEO of voestalpine Metal Forming and member of the Board of voestalpine AG Herbert Eibensteiner in a statement.

“Pursuing our strategy to deliver the highest standards to our premium international customers, we have found both a strategically located and business-friendly environment in Cartersville that supports our mindset and will stimulate our future plans for the North American automotive market. The state of Georgia, especially the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the close network of the local authorities representing Bartow County and the city of Cartersville, beneficially supported our selection process. We are grateful and happy to be welcomed in our new location and look forward to exciting times together.”

Bartow County’s geographic advantages played a significant role in voestalpine’s decision to open its new manufacturing operation here.

Voestalpine will be the anchor tenant in the Highland 75 development, which is a 707-acre master planned industrial/corporate park. Highland 75 is a collaboration of Bartow County, the city of Cartersville and Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority.

Information on future employment opportunities can be found at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Cartersville Career Center at (770) 387-3760. Those interested in employment also may email Potential vendors may email

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