VDL Groep, an international industrial and manufacturing company, will create 110 jobs and invest $17 million in Hall County, according to information released Wednesday morning by Gov. Nathan Deal's office.
"VDL Groep’s decision to locate in Hall County speaks to Georgia’s ability to attract dynamic manufacturing companies from around the world with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce,” said Deal in a press statement. “With this manufacturing facility, VDL Groep will join a number of Dutch companies that operate more than 100 facilities in our state and employ more than 7,500 Georgians. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with VDL Groep and seeing the company continue to grow here in Georgia.”
The new jobs will include positions in engineering, manufacturing and general sales administration. The positions will be filled in the next couple of years, according to Tim Evans, Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Evans said VDL Groep will locate in the Oakwood South business park. The facility is expected to be operational by August 2018.
“VDL is a welcome addition to the growing business community of family-owned and European-based subsidiaries with their North American manufacturing operations in the Gainesville-Hall County,” Evans said. “This new location will benefit many existing manufacturing industries, as well as the citizens of our community.”
Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, VDL Groep is a family-owned company that operates 98 companies in 20 countries and employs more than 17,000.
“VDL Groep sees the state of Georgia as an attractive starting point based on geography and availability of resources,” said VDL Groep President and CEO Willem van der Leegte. “We are a specialist in providing the supply chain for our customers and we think there is a demand for our products and services in the surroundings of Georgia.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start in bringing the facility to Georgia.