State-of-the-art fuel tank plant construction
planned for Georgia
Hartwell, GA— TI Automotive
opened a $30 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in
Hartwell, Georgia to produce automotive fuel-tank systems.
The plant initially will manufacture
blow-molded plastic fuel tanks and filler pipes for vehicles built
in nearby Southern states by BMW, DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai.
The 145,000-square-foot plant
makes TI Automotive the first manufacturer to build in the Gateway
High Tech Industrial Park, developed through the Joint Development
Authority of Hart, Franklin and Stephens counties in part through
a State of Georgia Edge Grant funded through the OneGeorgia agency.
The TI Automotive plant initially
will employ 100 people and has booked business to produce more
than 480,000 automotive fuel-tank systems annually. The facility
will begin pilot production in September of this year.
A majority of the jobs will be
filled later this year and early in 2006. Training for many of
the facility’s high-tech operators is being provided by
the state’s Quick Start program through North Georgia Technical
Brian Lindsay, TI Automotive
commercial managing director for Global Fuel Systems, said the
company expects to reach full production of fuel-system components
for the three automakers in 2006.
The new plant was designed and
engineered by O’Neal Constructors of Atlanta. The firm also
serves as the facility’s general contractor.
TI Automotive will lease the
Gateway Park site from the tri-county Joint Development Authority.
Incentives provided through the State of Georgia include an Edge
Grant of $650,000 funded through the OneGeorgia agency, along
with state job tax credits totaling $3,000 per employee per year
during the facility’s first five years of operation. TI
Automotive can effectively spread out the state income tax credits
over a 10-year period.