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Automotive Manufacturing

Georgia: The Epicenter of Growth in the Southeastern Auto Corridor

Why Georgia for Automotive Manufacturing?

From Kia’s expanding $1 billion manufacturing plant to Rivian's announced facility that will employ 7,500 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


Automotive-Related Production Employment

In the Southeast (EMSI 2021.4Q)


Jobs Created by Locations & Expansions

2019 - 2021


Employees at Kia's Plant in West Point

Business Wise 2021

Largest Automotive Manufacturing Locations in Georgia

  • 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.

Electric Adventure Vehicle Manufacturer, Rivian, Announces 7,500 Jobs in Georgia

Rivian will invest $5 billion in a 2,000 acre carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric adventure vehicles, creating approximately 7,500 jobs. Once manufacturing operations are fully ramped up, the Georgia facility will be capable of producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Construction on the facility, located at Stanton Springs North, is expected to begin in summer 2022, and the start of production is slated for 2024.

Source: "Governor Kemp Welcomes Rivian for Single-Largest Economic Development Project in State History," GDEcD press release, 12.16.2021



Jobs at Automotive-Related Facilities

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


Automotive-Related Facilities in Georgia

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


Automotive-Related Engineers

And Engineering Technicians in GA (EMSI 2021.4)

Explore your Workforce

Discover your community's readiness for automotive manufacturing by exploring existing industry-related talent close to home.

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

Follow the links below for more information about the automotive industry in your community:

Automotive Industry Publication 2022

Discover Local Automotive Manufacturing Talent