ATLANTA, October 30, 2017 – Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone (GFTZ) announced today that it has been awarded the “Top Free Zones Award” for 2017 and named one of the top foreign-trade zones in the U.S. and Canada by Site Selection, an economic development trade magazine.
“Business executives are recognizing the value of lower trade barriers, reduced operating costs, and shortened supply chains though the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone program – and we’re honored when companies operating in Georgia turn to GFTZ to open those possibilities,” said GFTZ President and CEO Julie Brown. “We take our responsibilities seriously and sincerely appreciate the trust that companies place in our team.”
The magazine’s rankings are based on a confidential survey of site consultants and executives involved in global supply-chain operations. The award was announced concurrently with Site Selection’s designation of Georgia as the top state for business for the fourth year in a row.
Survey respondents voted on the top foreign-trade zones based on proven track record of success with investors; ease-of-access to necessary information; assistance to current and prospective investors; knowledgeable staff; professionality of communications; ability to cater to customers who speak different languages; and the quality of their web presence.
About Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone
Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone (GFTZ) is a private non-profit corporation that serves as the federally appointed grantee with administrative responsibilities over Foreign-Trade Zone #26, serving the majority of Georgia. GFTZ is dedicated to fostering economic growth in Georgia and the U.S. through the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone program. For more information visit www.georgiaftz.com.
About Site Selection
Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 48,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online. The publication also publishes or co-publishes e-newsletters, including The Site Selection Dispatch, Life Sciences Report, Aerospace Report and Energy Report; Site Selection International; The FDI Report; Trust Belt.com and the OnSITE Travel blog.
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA donated an ATV, the Viking VI Special Edition, to a charity auction benefiting Navy SEAL family members. The Viking VI SE raised $17,000 at the event, and it is the fourth time Yamaha has donated to the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation, who run the auction.
“Yamaha is honored to continue its support of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation and its important mission of assisting the families of those who defend our freedoms,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/side-by-side group marketing manager.
The Georgia Ports Authority director Griff Lynch says the Colonels Island terminal at the Brunswick port increased its auto import capacity by 50 percent this past year. Companies can now move 800,000 cars per day.
“Since last year, we’ve been implementing an aggressive growth plan, enabling GPA [Georgia Ports Authority] and our auto processing partners to win new customers and capture greater market share,” Lynch said.
Because of a record breaking year for cargo at Georgia ports this past fiscal year, the Savannah region is expecting hundreds of new logistics jobs to accompany new private investments. Noble House, a furniture retailer, and home accessories seller Best Choice are each planning new East Coast distribution hubs near the Savannah port.
“As our state’s gateways to global commerce, the Ports of Georgia are part of the crown jewels of our state,” Governor Nathan Deal is expected to say in an upcoming address, according to prepared remarks provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Pratt & Whitney currently employs more than 1,200 associates at its Columbus facility. The newly created jobs will include positions in administration, supervisory and technical support, production, and maintenance.
“With today’s announcement of new investment of $386 million and 500 new employees, Pratt & Whitney builds on its role as one of our region’s largest and most important companies employing hundreds of our residents in well-paying jobs,” said City of Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. “As importantly, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep them growing in our community for decades to come.”
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Pratt & Whitney a potential five-year, $2.74 billion contract to help sustain F117 engines. These engines power Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft build for military airlift missions. Contract work will occur through September 2022 in Georgia, California, and Oklahoma.
Aviation intelligence firm OAG ranked Hartsfield-Jackson as the second-most connected airport in the country and first in the country in terms of number of domestic flights.
Pratt & Whitney’s expansion in Columbus, Georgia now includes a 276,301-square-foot facility for its engine overhaul business. Aside from new automated machinery and equipment upgrades, the project includes a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for a new isothermal forge press, which will make turbine disks and compressors for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.
The Port of Brunswick received its six millionth new auto import in August 2017. Because Georgia Ports is the second-busiest auto port in the country, the Georgia Ports Authority has approved $1.4 million for permitting and design of a fourth berth at Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick. The berth will be for roll-on/roll-off cargo, like automobiles. Colonel’s Island already serves 60 auto and heavy equipment manufacturers.
Delta Air Lines announced the official opening of a new cargo control center in Atlanta that can track where freight is at all times. The addition comes as the airport ramps up its infrastructure with a $200 million investment in cargo capacity improvements including up to 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space over the next two decades. Once complete, Hartsfield-Jackson will be able to handle nearly 1.5 million metric tons of cargo annually