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Belgium-based B.I.G. to create 350 jobs in Bartow
by Monica Burge
July 15, 2014 09:46 AM | 3173 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Nathan Deal was on hand to welcome Belgium-based Beaulieu International Group, which announced plans to build its first U.S. plant on 120 acres of land across from the Highland 75 Industrial Park on Cass-White Road.

Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said the new addition reinforces the county’s prime location for businesses.

“We’re sitting in the sweet spot in Georgia,” Taylor said. “We’re really rolling. I think we’re on the move.”

The news was announced at Tellus Science Museum Monday where Taylor, the Cartersville City Council and the Cartersville-Bartow County Joint Development Authority each held separate meetings approving a memorandum of understanding for the company.

“We are honored to add another world-class manufacturer such as Beaulieu International Group to Cartersville’s family of industries,” said Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini in a statement. “Cartersville welcomes this respected company with a global presence, a long history of success and a vision for continued success in the years to come. The city of Cartersville looks forward to providing our quality services and a skilled workforce to Beaulieu International Group to make its vision a reality. I personally thank the company’s leaders for their investment.”

In the first phase, the manufacturing campus will design and produce 47 million square-yards of cushion vinyl for commercial and residential.

“We are experiencing growth across the globe for finished floorcoverings,” said Geert Roelens, company CEO. “Our new plant in Cartersville will significantly increase our production and enable us to better supply the U.S. market. We greatly appreciate the state and local authorities in Georgia who supported this project.”

The company plans to invest $200 million over the next five years and create 350 new jobs, Roelens said.

The industrial group holds a solid market position both in producing raw materials and intermediate goods and “in offering an extensive range of perfectly finished floor coverings,” a news release stated. The company has 3,500 employees spread across 13 countries and plans to continue to invest in innovative manufacturing processes.

“Not only does this project have huge implications for the surrounding region, but the company’s success in Georgia will attract other suppliers to the area,” said Deal in a statement.

“Our state continues to be the No. 1 one most competitive state for business and it is projects like this that underscore the strength of our pro-business climate.”

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