ATLANTA, November 26, 2019 —Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Guidoni Group - one of the leading producers and exporters of ornamental stones in the world - will locate a manufacturing facility in McRae-Helena, creating 455 jobs and investing $96 million in the project.
“We are proud to welcome yet another leading international manufacturer as they set up shop in Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “With access to Georgia’s world-class ports system, logistics infrastructure, and top-ranked workforce, I am confident that Guidoni will find success as they create great opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Telfair County. It is truly an exciting announcement, and I am grateful that Guidoni chose to invest in Georgia.”
Established in the city of São Domingos do Norte, state of Espírito Santo, Brazil more than three decades ago, Guidoni has pioneered an innovative method of extracting, cutting, and polishing natural stones. Seeking to expand its portfolio, in 2015 the group invested in two new businesses, one quartz-engineered stone manufacturing facility in Spain and another one in Brazil, the first in Latin America. Guidoni’s global footprint spans more than seventy countries on five continents, with customers around the globe. The company’s CEO, Rafael Dalmaso Guidoni, is directly overseeing the project in McRae-Helena.
“We are pleased to announce that operations at our Georgia facility are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2020,” said Mr. Guidoni. “Guidoni Group was built upon the great pillars of a prosperous business: commitment, perseverance, dedication, and passion. On behalf of our company, I would like to express what a great honor it is to start this new chapter of our history in the State of Georgia, which, thanks to all of the efforts of state and local officials, we can now call our new home. The hard work of all our team members in McRae-Helena will perpetuate the history of excellence reflected in our mission, vision and values”.
The new endeavor will be Guidoni’s first quartz-engineered stone manufacturing facility in the United States. The company has set up a U.S. subsidiary, Guidoni USA, Inc., in Georgia, and the Telfair facility will serve as the company’s North American headquarters.
“Telfair County is excited to announce the location of Guidoni USA, Inc. in McRae-Helena,” said Herman Moore, chairman of the Development Authority of Telfair County. “We are grateful for this new industry and proud to welcome them to the community. This endeavor was achieved through local and state agencies working together along with surrounding counties offering support and guidance.”
"We are excited to welcome Guidoni USA, Inc. to McRae-Helena," said McRae-Helena Mayor Mike Young. "This investment and job creation will have a major, positive impact on our local community. It has been a pleasure working with Guidoni, and we look forward to continuing that relationship as they make Telfair County their new home. Thanks to all local and state leaders who came together to turn this opportunity into a reality."
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Fernanda Kirchner represented the Global Commerce Division on this project in partnership with Georgia Power, Georgia Quick Start, and the Telfair Economic Development Authority.
“Congratulations to Guidoni on their location in Telfair County,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This announcement speaks to the strength of Georgia’s manufacturing workforce – in communities large and small – across the state, and our ability to attract leading international companies with our top-ranked business climate. Thanks to our state and local partners for working with us to make this exciting project happen.”
About Guidoni Group Guidoni Group is a family-owned manufacturer of ornamental stones and quartz surfaces. Owning 40 quarries worldwide and occupying over 1,300,000 sf of industrial space in Spain and Brazil, the company produces 2,700,000 sf. of ornamental and quartz slabs per month. For more information, visit www.guidoni.com.br.
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State Economic Development Team Visits Telfair County
ATLANTA—May 31, 2019—On Wednesday, May 29, project managers from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia EMC and Georgia Power visited McRae-Helena to learn more about the community. During the visit, economic development representatives had the opportunity to tour the Husqvarna Outdoor Products facility, meet with area officials and company team members to learn more about the assets of the facility.
“Being able to personally set foot inside a building and visit a community allows our project managers to have a unique perspective that can’t be obtained through a website or property flyer,” said Brittany Holtzclaw, division director with the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We are grateful to the members of the Development Authority of Telfair County and community leaders for their partnership, and look forward to collaborating on economic development opportunities.”
The agenda for the visit included a visit to the Husqvarna building, the spec building and concluded with a community tour. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the project managers with the community so that they can better support the Development Authority with economic development efforts.
“Being able to share the facility and our community with Georgia’s economic development team is vital for us to be competitive in today’s climate,” stated Herman Moore, chair of the Development Authority of Telfair County. “We are all working together to find a new tenant for this property.”
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.
Pictured L-R)Coleen McIver, Member; Development Authority of Telfair County
Earl Merritt, Member; Development Authority of Telfair County
Brittany Holtzclaw, Division Director; Georgia Department of Economic Development
Eric Smith; Georgia Power & Telfair County Chamber of Commerce
Neal Stanley; Telfair County Board of Commissioners
Debbie Bullard, Member; Development Authority of Telfair County
Dakkia Bradshaw; Telfair County Board of Commissioners
Ryan Waldrep, Assistant Director; Georgia Department of Economic Development