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German-Based LINDE + WIEMANN To Locate Manufacturing Hub In Hart County, Georgia

01/13/2016
German-based LINDE + WIEMANN GmbH KG, a leading manufacturer of complex structural steel systems to automotive OEM’s worldwide, will establish a U.S. based assembly operation with associated national sales and distribution activities in Hart County, Georgia. The company’s first facility will initially employ approximately 200 people and represent a capital investment more than $35 million.

LINDE + WIEMANN will be locating on a 29-acre site in the Gateway II Industrial Park in Hart County. The company will construct a 60,000 square foot facility and a 3,500 square foot head office building in the initial phases of the project. As a privately-held, mid-sized German company specializing in the manufacturing and assembly of engineered steel systems mounted in motor vehicles, LINDE + WIEMANN manufactures instrument panel assemblies, front end and door structure assemblies as well as structural body-in-white assemblies.

“LINDE + WIEMANN performed an extensive site search over several months to identify the right location for our company,” said CEO of LINDE + WIEMANN, Mr. Ulrich Schoof. “As a Tier One supplier to BMW and other automotive OEM’s, our quality products depend on the quality of the local work force. In Hart County we not only found an excellent location that offered LINDE + WIEMANN access to qualified labor, attractive logistics, reasonable operating costs and quality of life; we also found an excellent business location with room for expansion and local leadership that makes it easy for us to advance our location plans and move forward.”

“We were delighted with the support offered by the State of Georgia, and welcomed the assistance of Georgia’s German-speaking project manager who helped explain some of the more complex issues. LINDE + WIEMANN will develop the Hart County site as a premier hub for our North American business. There is no doubt that our company will benefit from this new location, and that we in turn will create jobs and wealth in the Georgia Piedmont region as we grow our business,” he added.

“LINDE + WIEMANN’s decision to locate their U.S. based operation in Hart County sends a strong message about Georgia’s business-friendly climate,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “This announcement indicates Northeast Georgia as a hub for the manufacturing of products that are vital to major automotive industry leaders worldwide.”

“The Hart County Industrial Building Authority welcomes LINDE + WIEMANN, and we are very excited about the excellent career opportunities for area citizens that advanced manufacturing companies brings to Hart County,” said Bill Leard, Chairman, Hart County Industrial Building Authority.

Georgia Department of Economic Development Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project working with the Hart County Industrial Building Authority, the Hart County Board of Commission and Kevin Lovelace of Georgia Power.

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