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Italian manufacturer to move U.S. operations to Hiram
by Adam Elrod
May 01, 2013 11:30 AM | 1687 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More manufacturing could be on its way to Paulding County later this year after an Italian company announced it was moving its U.S. headquarters to Hiram at the end of the summer.

Jamie Gilbert, executive director of Paulding Economic Development, announced at last week’s Paulding County Board of Commissioners meeting that Ronchi, maker of bottling machinery for household cleaners, personal care items and pharmaceuticals, would be moving its U.S. operations from New Jersey to an existing building in Hiram.

The company makes machines for companies such as Procter and Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and L’Oreal.

Ronchi purchased a building at 63 Duncan Circle April 16. The company is hoping to be moved in and operational by the end of July or mid-August, said Matthew Piercy, Ronchi technical service director.

Piercy has been a Hiram resident for the past six years. At a home owners meeting he met Post 3 Commissioner Tommie Graham who helped convince him to consider bringing his business to Paulding.

Major draws that attracted company officials to the area included the proximity of the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the Port of Savannah, he said.

Another draw to bringing the company has been Gilbert, Piercy said.

“He has been a super support for us,” he said.

Gilbert said the organization was created to recruit employers, so they help with building location, state tax incentives, spousal employment and more.

The company will start with 10 employees in positions like administrative, sales, service, assembly, warehouse and shipping and receiving, Piercy said. Gilbert said the goal is to be at 35 employees within the next 36 months.

Also at the meeting, Ben Pittarelli of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia discussed the association’s Inmate Medical Savings Program with commissioners.

The program on average saves counties up to 59 percent on medical costs for jail inmates, he said. The county has averaged $800,000 a year for inmate medical expenses in recent years.

Chairman David Austin submitted an application for the savings plan, which he can do without a vote from the board, said County Administrator Mike Jones.

However, if accepted commissioners must vote to enter into a contract with the association.

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