Kysor Warren Epta US, a subsidiary of Italy-based Epta and leading provider of commercial refrigeration products, will invest more than $27 million to expand its operations at Corporate Ridge Business Park in Columbus, Georgia. The company will open a 350,000-square-foot North America corporate headquarters with plans to hire 200 associates.
In addition to growing its services and product offerings through this expansion project, state officials said the company is also investing in a new training center dedicated to educating installers, contractors, and technical service teams on new and emerging technology solutions aimed at preserving the environment by using natural refrigerants.
“I am very excited about our plans moving forward and proud that Epta recognizes the local talent instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals,” said Damon Wyatt, vice president and general manager of Kysor Warren Epta US. “The Columbus area offers a strategic location for distributing our environmentally friendly product throughout North America.”
“Italy continues to be an important market for international investment in our state. In fact, Epta’s operations are one of over 140 Italian facilities that employ more than 5,000 Georgians,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This continued commitment is a testament to the relationship approach to doing business that we have taken with not only our domestic, but also our international partners.”
“One of our main priorities is to assist our local companies so that they can continue to achieve success,” said Russ Carreker, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. “By taking time to understand Kysor Warren’s business needs, our local team and state partners demonstrated a commitment to providing company leaders with access to valuable resources and guidance that will keep them firmly planted in Columbus for years to come.”
“Georgia's consistent investment in our international partnerships continues to pay off in the form of jobs and opportunities for hardworking Georgians,” said Brian P. Governor Kemp. “I want to congratulate the people of Columbus on this exciting news, and I am confident that Kysor Warren Epta US will continue to find success in the Peach State.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Anna Hurt represented the Global Commerce division on this project in partnership with Brian Sillitto, executive vice president of economic development at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.