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June 2, 2020 – The Georgia Dept. of Economic Development has two new jobs announcements, signs of continued interest by manufacturers in locating in Georgia.

Huali Floors, a leading manufacturer of resilient flooring, will establish its first U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Murray County.  Huali Floors will create at least 315 new jobs and invest more than $27 million in an existing facility. The company is a Savannah Port customer. 

“We are excited to welcome Huali Floors to Murray County,” said Governor Kemp. “It’s a testament to Georgia’s logistics network and readily available workforce when an innovative company like Huali Floors chooses Georgia to establish their first U.S. manufacturing operation. I congratulate the hardworking Georgians in Murray County on this exciting news, and I am confident Huali will find success in the Peach State.”

Established in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province in 2002, Huali Floors is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of resilient flooring, including high-quality floor covering products such as luxury vinyl tiles, stone plastic composite, and wood plastic composite flooring.

“Our USA headquarters and manufacturing facility will further support our commitment in bringing world-class service and quality to our customers,” said Philip Yuan, president of Huali Group. “The strong flooring community that the Northwest Georgia area embodies was a determining factor in our commitment, and we want to be part of that spirit. We, Huali Floors, are very excited and proud to be able to call Murray County our USA home and become an active member, as we saw and felt the strength of the community through the project process. We look forward to growing here in Northwest Georgia and are committed to investing and supporting our new community.”

Huali Floors employs more than 2,000 full-time associates with revenues in excess of $360 million. Huali currently utilizes the Port of Savannah and plans to use the Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County. Jobs at the new facility will include administration, manufacturing, and research and development positions.

Georgia was the No. 1 exporter among U.S. states for floor covering products in 2019, with a total export value of $485.4 million, and Northwest Georgia is home to a majority of the state’s floor covering industries. The new inland Appalachian Regional Port plays a key role in Georgia’s supply chain network.

“It speaks volumes that Huali Floors sees the benefit in the Port of Savannah and the connection to the Appalachian Regional Port, and plans to locate their very first U.S-based manufacturing facility 9.5 miles away from the terminal,” said Wesley Barrell, Georgia Ports Authority regional manager of strategic operations. “Huali’s projected volume will be handled with efficiency and precision, we look forward to a long-standing relationship both at the Appalachian Regional Port and the Port of Savannah.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Regional Project Manager Taylor Kielty and Project Manager Sandra Yang represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Georgia Quick Start, the Murray County Industrial Development Authority, Georgia EMC, Georgia Ports Authority, and Georgia Power.

And, Mytex Polymers US Corp (Mytex) is investing more than $7 million to expand its facility in Newton County, creating fifteen new jobs. The company is owned by Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.   Mytex develops, tests, and manufactures polymer solutions used in a variety of products including automotive parts, household appliances, recreational vehicles, industrial equipment, specialty packaging, and other everyday goods.

Mytex provides engineered polyolefins and long glass fiber polypropylene used in a wide array of goods for customers across the globe. Headquartered in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Mytex chose to expand in Georgia to support increasing customer demand for long glass fiber polypropylene products. With warehousing and distribution locations in the City of Covington, the company will continue their expansion by constructing a new production line in an existing 140,000 sq. ft. space. 

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was represented in this project by the Global Commerce division’s Senior Project Manager Kristen Miller in partnership with the Newton County Industrial Development Authority.

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