Leading conveyer systems supplier to build plant in Paulding

July 20, 2012

Deal announces that Interroll will create 70 jobs and invest $10 million in Hiram for manufacturing facility

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Interroll, the world’s leading supplier of conveyer systems and components, will locate its North American manufacturing plant, showroom facility and technology center in Hiram in Paulding County. The company plans to create initially 70 jobs and invest $10 million in this new operation.

“The rebound of Georgia’s manufacturing community has played a significant role in the ongoing recovery of our state’s economy,” Deal said. “Our ability to land competitive projects like Interroll helps further position Georgia among the best places for business. This project is a significant win for Georgia and Paulding County.”

The company’s new 93,000-square-foot manufacturing facility includes a 10,000-square-foot showroom and will be located in Paulding Commerce Park in Hiram. The facility will manufacture material handling products, subsystems and other components for Interroll’s conveyor systems for the company’s North American customers that include airports, courthouses, distribution centers and food processing facilities. It will also be home to showroom and office space that will allow Interroll to bring clients from throughout North America to observe its conveyor systems in a working environment. The operation will initially employ 70 manufacturing, engineering and administrative positions. Interroll’s existing Paulding County operation is a 10-person metal fabrication facility the company acquired and has operated since 2009.

“Today’s dynamic business environment calls for an equally swift and well-judged response. Working with our own just-in-time production system, we help our customers optimize their supply chains, allowing them to focus on what they do best,” said Interroll CEO Paul Zumbuehl, who visited Paulding in April to meet with local and state economic development officials and tour the Paulding Commerce Park. “The Paulding facility will be one of the 11 premier Interroll facilities around the world and is a location we will be proud to show our customers. We are extremely pleased to have selected Paulding County and Georgia.”

Interroll plans to break ground in July, with the facility expected to be completed in 10 months. Panattoni Development, which served as Paulding’s development partner throughout the recruitment process, will construct the facility.

“Interroll’s decision to build a showcase manufacturing facility of this caliber in Paulding speaks volumes about how far our economic development efforts have come in such a short time, and just how attractive Paulding is for business,” said David Austin, Paulding County Commission chairman. “The facility, both in appearance and operations, will be like nothing ever constructed in Paulding.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) partnered with Paulding County Economic Development (PCED), Paulding Industrial Building Authority, Paulding Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to secure this opportunity for Georgia. GDEcD regional project manager Carl Campbell managed this project on behalf of the state.

“By deciding to bring manufacturing into metro Atlanta, Interroll helps us demonstrate that our region is rich with logistics activities and production operations that drive market demand for handling equipment,” said Hans Gant, Senior Vice President, Economic Development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “The new plant operations will enhance a key segment of metro Atlanta’s supply chain for logistics products and services, while also adding to our large base of international companies. Global companies like Interroll often choose Atlanta because we are a low-cost center for manufacturing and a global supply chain hub.”

“This company’s selection of Georgia for its flagship North American manufacturing and showroom operations represents Paulding County’s emergence as a community that is increasingly top of mind for manufacturing locations,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “Paulding County’s aggressive approach to this project and others helps make Georgia a competitive place for business. I’m excited about Interroll’s expanded presence in Georgia, and the opportunities to come.”

About Interroll

Founded in 1959, Interroll today employs more than 1,500 associates in 29 facilities around the globe. The company is publicly listed on the Swiss Exchange and has its corporate headquarters at Sant'Antonino, Switzerland. Interroll products are deployed at well-known global brands such as Amazon, Bosch, Coca-Cola, DHL, FedEx, USPS, Procter & Gamble, Red Bull, Siemens, Wal-Mart and Yamaha (motorcycles), among other leading brands in North America.  www.interroll.com