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Fabricated Metal

Forging Success for Georgia's Manufacturers

Why Georgia for Fabricated Metal

Georgia’s fabricated metal industry is a major supplier to key industries around the state such as automotive, aerospace, energy and construction equipment. As these industries grow, the fabricated metal industry expands its employment and gross state product (GSP) to keep up with the demand.

  • Strong manufacturing and construction industries
  • Well-developed R&D market
  • Highly-skilled workers
  • Renowned workforce training program
  • Excellent accessibility to market
  • Business-friendly environment

Georgia Leads


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State for Growth in # of Professionals

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Fabricated Metal GRP

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Recent Fabricated Metal Locations in Georgia

Over the last five years, fabricated metal companies have continued to grow and expand in Georgia. Surges in electric vehicle manufacturing operations in the Southeast will drive supplier migration to the region.

Home Manufacturer ADMARES to Create Over 1,400 Jobs in Ware County

In May 2023, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that ADMARES, which specializes in industrialized manufacturing of buildings and homes, plans to construct its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Waycross, Georgia. The company expects to create over 1,400 new jobs and invest $750 million in Ware County.

“In addition to exploring opportunities in other states, Waycross, Georgia, is an ideal location for a transportation hub with easy access to major highways and extensive rail connections. Its proximity to the Port of Brunswick, one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard, offers a competitive advantage for global trade. Waycross' strategic location and robust infrastructure make it an attractive destination for us in the region.”

Mikael Hedberg, Founder and CEO of ADMARES

Source: "Home Manufacturer ADMARES to Create Over 1,400 Jobs in Ware County,", 5.31.2023

Industry Snapshot

Georgia’s fabricated metal companies manufacture everything from building materials to metal cans to composites used in transportation equipment and jewelry. Fabricated metal manufacturers seeking to expand or locate in Georgia can rely on the state’s robust and growing manufacturing and construction industries to drive demand for their products.

Top sectors include:

  • Architectural & Structural Metal Product
  • Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt
  • Other Fabricated Metal Product

Top Employers

Major heavy equipment manufacturers as well as prominent suppliers make up Georgia's largest fabricated metal employers.

  • Southwire: 3,135 employees
  • Caterpillar Inc: 2,100 employees
  • Kubota: 2,400 employees
  • ADMARES: 1,400 employees
  • Meggitt Polymers & Composites: 1,100 employees
  • Textron Specialized Vehicles: 1,100 employees
  • Hitachi: 1,020 employees



Fabricated Metal Industry Jobs

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State for Growth in Talent Base

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Explore Your Workforce

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

Quality Talent for Less

Georgia is known for its high-quality affordable workforce. Wage rates in the state typically fall below the national average, particularly in manufacturing occupations. The state’s fabricated metal manufacturing wages are no exception.

  • Projected growth of 18% in fabricated metal manufacturing industry employment over the next decade compared to 5% nationally
  • Median hourly earnings of $18.56 compared to $21.10 nationally (based on top 21 fabricated metal staffing pattern occupations)

Industry Support


Metal Fab Related Graduates (2018-2022)

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Leading Workforce Training Program

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Technical Colleges

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The People and Support Needed to Succeed

Georgia's high concentration of degree-seeking students and top-tier colleges and universities make the state one of the country’s richest in top-level talent. These institutions also offer companies access to cutting-edge research and development partnerships.

  • Since 2012, there has been a 7% increase in the number of graduates skilled in supporting Georgia's fabricated metal manufacturing operations.
  • Georgia Tech ranks 2nd for engineering R&D funding nationally and has benefited from a 79% uptick in engineering R&D funding since 2012.

Fabricated Metal Industry Overview

Fabricated Metal in Georgia