The state of Georgia is home to 190 automotive-related manufacturing companies employing nearly 34,000 workers. Paulding County sits at the heart of the Southeast’s automotive industry and is strategically located with this market to serve auto assembly plants in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. In fact, within three hours of Paulding County there are six Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs): Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Volkswagen and BMW.
Over the last five years, 21 automotive manufacturing companies have announced plans to locate or expand in Georgia. These new companies are creating 7,400 jobs, and are supplying to customers all over the Southeast and the world. One of Paulding’s largest manufacturers with 170 employees is Japanese-owned MG International, a supplier of instrument consoles and door parts to both Nissan and Toyota. The County is also home to Certified DEF, a packaging and distribution facility, that provides diesel exhaust fluid to travel plazas, trucking companies, truck rental centers, automotive parts stores and retail outlets across the southeast.
Access to state-of-the-art technology and innovation at the state’s leading engineering schools and access to the nation’s fastest-growing port in Savannah, Georgia, allow Paulding County to play a leading part in driving productivity and expansion in the industry.
A robust automotive-related workforce with 24,800 engineers and 124,500 production workers offers world-class skills attractive to the automotive industry. For more information, please download the 2010 Georgia Automotive Industry Report (PDF).