Multi-million dollar manufacturing facility moves to South Georgia

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LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) — An economic boom is on the way… As a new manufacturing facility moves to establish itself in Valdosta.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced on Wednesday.

The governor’s office said GAF ​​materials will invest more than $140 million and create at least 135 new jobs in Lowndes County.

Valdosta Development Authority Chairman Brad Folsom said it was a deal they had been preparing for and they were pleased to finally make the announcement.

“GAF, a manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing materials, is a national company here in Valdosta, County Lowndes. They’re going to build a base facility,” Folsom said.

Folsom said the company will invest nearly $150 million in the plant over the next six years, creating over 100 high-paying jobs for community residents.

“In addition to the capital investments that will eventually bring in taxpayers’ money, they bring very good paying jobs to our community with salaries ranging from $60,000 and up,” Folsom said.

In uncertain times – Folsom said the new plant is a reminder of the ongoing fight for jobs.

An opportunity that a neighboring company in Valdosta did not want to miss.

“We moved here in December 2008 from Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, to be more competitive in manufacturing Ford performance parts,” said Scott Boda, production manager at Steeda Auto Sports.

Boda said he’s excited about the expansion of the business district.

“To see this growth here in Valdosta is fantastic,” said Boda. “We couldn’t ask for more, I mean, that’s why we moved here.”

GAF will be the third and final company in Bassford’s CBD, alongside Steeda Auto Sports and Berry.

Officials said construction should be completed in late 2024 and open in early 2025.

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