A Japanese auto parts supplier will locate in Carrollton, bringing a $34 million investment and about 230 new jobs.
Yachiyo of America Inc. has already started work on a 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the old Sony Driving Range property, located near the intersection of Columbia Drive and Beulah Church Road.
Yachiyo plans to manufacture plastic fuel tanks and sunroofs for Honda automobiles at the Carrollton plant, according to Brian Dill, vice-president of development and global commerce for Carroll Tomorrow.
Plans for the plant’s location here were first revealed on Sept. 26, when the Carroll County Board of Commissioners was presented a tax abatement package for the company, identified at that time as “Big Star, LLC,” the name of the limited liability development firm. The BOC approved the tax abatements at its Oct. 1 meeting.
“We’re very excited about what this means for future development,” Dill said Thursday. “Logistics and transportation played in our favor in their decision to locate here. It was a team effort in being able to recruit them.”
Dill praised the city for being able to deliver utility and site requirements, West Georgia Technical College for work force development, the Georgia Department of Economic Development as the lead recruitment agency and Carroll County for providing the tax abatement package.
Dill said the recruitment process began in October 2012.
“Yachiyo narrowed their choices down to three site and we became a finalist in May,” he said.
Dill said the company will use the state Quick Start program at West Georgia Technical College for training employees and the Burson Center for temporary office space.
He said Shimizu Corp. in Atlanta will be the general contractor, but it will partner with the local contractor market.
“They plan to use a lot of local suppliers, when possible, and we’re proud of that,” Dill said.
The tax abatement agreement with the county calls for Yachiyo to complete construction of its plant in the fourth quarter of 2016, with full employment to be reached by Dec. 31, 2016.
“I anticipate they’ll start bringing workers on board toward the end of 2014,” Dill said.
The 23.5 acres where the Yachiyo plant is being built is owned by the Carrollton Payroll Development Authority and is identified as an enterprise zone. The land is valued at $200,000 and the company is expected to add $14 million in facilities improvements and $20 million in equipment.
Construction will be financed by economic development revenue bonds, estimated at $34 million, together with EDGE Fund financial assistance, a state grant program.
“The company will bring some high level management jobs with them, but the majority of the jobs will be hired here,” Jim Camp, attorney for the Carrollton Payroll Development Authority, told the Board of Commissioners on Sept. 26. “The jobs will range in scope from manual labor to very specialized jobs.”
Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement Thursday, praising the new Carrollton plant as part of an ever-growing automotive industry in Georgia.
“Our strategic location at the center of the southeast, which is the nation’s new hub for automotive manufacturing, and the work force experience generated by more than our 100 years of experience in the industry, have contributed to a business climate that has already attracted some 250 automotive manufacturers,” Deal said.
“We’ve been extremely pleased with the high level of interest, cooperation and support received from the state of Georgia and Carroll County, which played a decisive role in our decision making process,” said Chris Smith, vice-president of Yachiyo of America.
Smith acknowledged assistance from Dill at the local level and Brittany Holtzclaw at the state level and said they were extremely valuable in bringing the project from concept to reality.
“We’re very proud to welcome Yachiyo to our community and we stand ready to assist them in their continued prosperity for the benefit of our citizens,” said Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner.
“Georgia’s automotive suppliers are as diverse as their customers,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The fact that Georgia attracts suppliers for just about every major automaker there is, rather than just a handful, says a lot about our ability to anticipate their needs and deliver on them.”
Yachiyo Industry was established in 1953 in Japan and has built an outstanding reputation as an automotive parts supplier. The company now employs 6,800 workers worldwide, with five manufacturing operations in North America. Yachiyo of America, Inc., is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
Three industries have announced past in the last six weeks to locate in Carroll County. In addition to Yachiyo, Trident Seafoods plans to build a processing plant in Carrollton, investing $41 million and providing 175 jobs. A food processor, Universal Pasteurization Company, announced plans last week to acquire a 90,000-square-foot facility in Villa Rica, investing $20 million, and hiring 60 new workers.
Dill said Carroll Tomorrow has more prospects interested in locating in Carroll County.
“Hopefully, we're not done and more good things are coming,” Dill said. “We hope to have more industry announcements before the end of the year.”