A Holbrook company, a maker of wind turbine ladders and guard rails, is moving to Elberton, Ga., a small city in the northeast corner of the state near the South Carolina line, where it plans to move all its executive jobs, to invest $10 million and create 200 new jobs, the governor of Georgia said.
The southbound company, Hailo USA, is the U.S. arm of a German manufacturer.
A key factor in the move, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said, was a Georgia labor readiness agency that will provide free, customized welding and assembly training to Hailo's new hires.
Hailo USA chief executive Steffen Kosir could not be reached for comment Thursday, said an operator who answered the phone in Holbrook Thursday afternoon.
"He's already gone to Georgia. He left today, he's driving down," said the Hailo operator, who did not give her name. "He'll be in the office there on Monday."
The operator said Hailo's workers will move from its current location at 91-1 Colin Dr. in Holbrook to Georgia. "Everybody's moving in stages."
Hailo USA was founded in 2000 in Holbrook, said its parent company, Hailo GmbH & Co.KG, a family owned manufacturer based in Haiger, Germany.
Deal's statement did not say whether he had arranged tax breaks or other financial incentives for Hailo, but his statement said there is room to expand in rural Elberton. The announcement came in a news release last week.
“Hailo USA’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Georgia illustrates how our workforce, logistics infrastructure, business climate and other assets make Georgia one of the best places nationwide for business,” Deal said in the news release.
“The significant number of jobs Hailo is creating will have an immediate impact in Elbert County and throughout that region. I am glad to welcome Hailo USA to Georgia.”
Deal's office said Hailo's move will help Georgia increase its presence in the nation's growing wind energy industry.
Accompanying the Georgia government news release was a statement by Kosir, the Hailo USA chief executive.
"We carefully reviewed different states and counties and found that this area fulfills all the business and social criteria that Hailo has set as the company’ global standard in order to support the future growth of the company,” Kosir said.
“Additionally I am proud to announce that my executive management will relocate with the company," Kosir said. "This action speaks volumes for the company as well as the area."
Georgia officials said Hailo will find skilled workers in the a region along a corridor between Atlanta and Greenville, S.C., an area that's close to Hailo's supply chain.
Deal said a Georgia labor readiness program, Quick Start, "was included among the deciding factors for Hailo’s decision to do business in Georgia."
Quick Start will provide Hailo "specialized custom training in welding, assembly and quality systems for the new hires at the Elberton facility. Quick Start provides customized training free of charge to qualified new, expanding and existing companies creating jobs in Georgia."
Hailo's parent company is a leading European maker of aluminum household ladder systems and wastewater systems.