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Conveyor firm latest in line of projects for recruiter
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
August 01, 2012 07:06 PM | 1587 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert stands on the future site of Interroll’s 93,000-square-foot manufacturing and showroom facility at Paulding Industrial Park in Hiram.
Paulding County Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert stands on the future site of Interroll’s 93,000-square-foot manufacturing and showroom facility at Paulding Industrial Park in Hiram.
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Paulding Economic Development has worked to bring seven new economic projects to the county in the past 10 months and its director hopes with the addition of Interroll at Paulding Commerce Park, the county will continue to grow economically.

MG International, a Japanese company that manufactures automotive parts for Nissan and Toyota, recently announced an expansion of its facility on International Parkway in Dallas. The expansion will create 30 new jobs when complete.

The other projects Paulding Economic Development executive director Jamie Gilbert referred to include Aerodynamics Inc., Envelope Superstore, Haddad’s, Top Flight Aero Structures and Simmons Engineering Co.

Interroll, a global leader in conveyor systems and products, chose Hiram’s Paulding Commerce Park to build its newest plant which will produce components for conveyor systems.

“We are very blessed to have a company of this caliber to select Paulding County,” Gilbert said of the Swiss-based company.

He said the company had 29 facilities around the world, and its clients include Coca-Cola, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service.

“Their products are used in airports, courthouses and grocery stores all over the world,” Gilbert said.

The company was to begin constructing its 92,250-square-foot facility at the end of July, with construction targeted for completion in about 10 months, according to Gilbert.

He said the new facility would create about 60 jobs at first, employing a total of 70 employees, with 10 transferring from their current smaller facility in Hiram, BMW Metal Fabrication Products.

When completed, Interroll will be the largest manufacturing facility in Paulding County, according to Gilbert.

Paulding Commerce Park, located off Bill Carruth Parkway, is in an opportunity zone, which provides state tax incentives for companies that hire new employees.

“Performance-based incentives are necessary to compete for high-level companies,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert said a “corporate corridor” was emerging in Paulding County, which includes the new WellStar Hospital, Paulding Commerce Park, Bill Carruth Parkway, the soon-to-be-completed East Hiram Parkway and the Hiram retail areas lining U.S. Hwy. 278.

“These projects will create over 200 jobs with an average salary of $47,000 a year,” said Gilbert. “This is 57 percent higher than the average Paulding County salary.”

Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler said he was proud of the work he had seen in Paulding County.

“You will see this is the start of a new Paulding County,” Butler said. “They have the right attitude and ability to work together. It’s rare to see county and city government work so well together.”
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