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Georgia: The Epicenter of Growth in the Southeastern Auto Corridor

Why Georgia for Automotive Manufacturing?

From Kia’s expanding $1 billion manufacturing plant to Hyundai Motor Group's announced facility that will employ 8,100 workers and the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Groupe PSA, Georgia auto companies get a competitive edge from a prime location in the epicenter of the region’s auto manufacturing boom, with close proximity to a canvas of manufacturers.

Georgia's strengths:

  • Automotive epicenter
  • Highly-skilled talent
  • Renowned workforce training program
  • Excellent accessibility to market
  • Business-friendly environment

Georgia Leads

866K

Automotive-Related Production Employment

In the Southeast (EMSI 2021.4Q)

12,000

Jobs Created by Locations & Expansions

2019 - 2021

2,700

Employees at Kia's Plant in West Point

Business Wise 2021

Largest Automotive Manufacturing Locations in Georgia

  • Hyundai Motor Group (Ellabell), 8,100 workers
  • Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) (West Point), 2,700 workers
  • Blue Bird Corp. (Fort Valley), 1,900 workers
  • Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing (White), 1,700 workers
  • Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. (Newnan), 1,600 workers
  • Textron Specialized Vehicles (Augusta), 1,100 workers
  • SK innovation (Commerce), 1,000 workers
  • Cottrell Inc. (Gainesville), 900 workers
  • Inalfa Roof Systems Inc. (Acworth), 900 workers
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. (Monroe), 900 workers
  • WIKA USA (Lawrenceville), 807 workers

Recent Automotive Locations in Georgia

Over the last three years, automotive companies continue to choose Georgia for their new locations, while current companies expand to meet demand. Here are a few recent examples of companies now calling Georgia home.

Hyundai Motor Group to Build First Fully Dedicated Electric Vehicle and Battery Manufacturing Facility in Georgia

Hyundai Motor Group will invest $5.54 billion in opening its first state-of-the-art U.S. smart factory fully dedicated electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing. This will create 8,100 jobs in Georgia's coastal region. Construction is expected to begin on the new facility in January 2023, with full production expected in the first half of 2025, with annual capacity of 300,000 units.

“The U.S. has always held an important place in the Group’s global strategy, and we are excited to partner with the State of Georgia to achieve our shared goal of electrified mobility and sustainability in the U.S.” - Euisun Chung, Executive Chair, Hyundai Motor Group

Source, "Hyundai Motor Group to Invest $5.54 Billion in Georgia at First Fully Dedicated Electric Vehicle and Battery Manufacturing Facility," GDEcD press release, 5.20.2022

Workforce

57K

Jobs at Automotive-Related Facilities

In Georgia with 50+ Employees (GPC C&ED)

167

Automotive-Related Facilities in Georgia

With 50+ Employees (GPC C&ED, 2021)

33K

Automotive-Related Engineers

And Engineering Technicians in GA (EMSI 2021.4)

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Georgia is at the Center of the Thriving Southeastern Automotive Industry

Georgia is at the heart of the rapidly expanding Southeastern Automotive Corridor.

  • Southeastern automotive assemblers currently have the capacity to produce approximately 3.4 million units.
  • Georgia’s transportation equipment exports grew 8.3% annually since 2000, reaching $12.4 billion in 2020, accounting for 23.7% of the Southeast's total.

Georgia offers an ample supply of skilled employees with a variety of technical backgrounds important to the success of the automotive manufacturing industry. There are currently more than 148,000 production workers in Georgia in auto-applicable fields.

Automotive Manufacturing in Your Community

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Automotive Industry Publication 2022

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