Sandler AG, a Germany-based textile supplier, will invest more than $30 million to complete construction of a manufacturing plant in Warner Robins, Georgia. The company plans to create more than 140 new jobs in Houston County.
Sandler is a privately-held, family-owned company that supplies textiles to international manufacturers, including a number of American Fortune 500 companies. The new Georgia facility will function as a production plant, base and warehouse for national sales and distribution. Sandler will begin recruiting employees and filling jobs for the facility in early 2016.
“Establishing a new non-wovens manufacturing plant in the U.S. was an important decision from a strategic point of view and one of the most important steps in our company history,” said Sandler CEO Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler. “Establishing a presence in Houston County will allow us to answer to the increasing importance of the North American markets and to account for the growing demand from outside Europe.”
“Sandler’s leadership team in Germany is taking advantage of a significant opportunity for growth in Georgia,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “We have the capability to provide them with access to a skilled workforce, a distribution-friendly location and a strong pro-business climate. These factors were key in Sandler’s decision to come to Georgia, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on our state.”
“Houston County’s central location between the Port of Savannah and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was a key element in Sandler’s decision to choose Georgia for their new operation,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “In addition to Georgia's world-class logistical assets, our state, local and private-sector relationships confirmed to Sandler that Houston County is where they can be most successful going forward". GDEcD Senior Project Manager Nico Wijnberg worked closely with Electric Cities of Georgia and the Houston County Development Authority throughout development and early construction.
“We are proud to have a company of this caliber locate in our Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development certified industrial park,” said Houston County Development Authority Chairman Mark Byrd. “This project is an example of our community and a company coming together with the ultimate goal of bringing quality jobs to our citizens. We are excited to see the relationship that has evolved with Sandler over the past few months continue to flourish.”