Cobb looking to find 50 acres to bring 350 manufacturing jobs to the county
by Jon Gillooly
June 19, 2013 01:01 AM | 5075 views | 7 7 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nelson Geter
Nelson Geter

County development officials are trying to find 50 acres for a company that wants to locate here from the Northeast and create potentially 350 manufacturing jobs.

“This is a company that is looking for a site in Cobb County, and they need about 50 contiguous acres in order to make the project a go for Cobb,” Development Authority of Cobb County Executive Director Nelson Geter told the board Tuesday.

Geter declined to name the company or the industry in which the company operates, but said the jobs would be relatively high paying, even for Cobb County, whose median household income is well above the statewide average.

“Those are good manufacturing jobs, above-average manufacturing jobs,” he said. “Matter of fact, they would be similar to the scale of a Lockheed.”

Geter said the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and county government are putting together a package detailing what acreage is available in Cobb as well as what kind of local and state incentives the company yet, would be eligible to receive. He expects to hear of the company’s intentions by October.

So far, Geter said he’s been unable to find a suitable site.

“One of the problems with Cobb is we don’t have enough contiguous acreage to do it,” he said.

One site in Powder Springs is large enough, but it has a creek running through the middle of it and a neighborhood behind it, said Brooks Mathis, the Chamber’s economic development vice president.

Mathis said companies want to eliminate risk. “You don’t want neighbors to be mad at you if you have trucks driving down on the road.” There is acreage in the northern end of the county off Chastain Road and 575.

“But I think it’s like $250,000 an acre,” Mathis said.

“So if you’re building a big plant that just adds up, and it’s just not competitive, so it works at maybe the Home Depot call center. It’s a good spot for them. But if you need a lot of acreage it’s just not a fit because it’s a lot of money.”

There is the Franklin Road corridor Mayor Steve Tumlin hopes to revitalize if voters approve a $35 million bond in November. But Geter doesn’t see Franklin Road as a good fit for a manufacturing company.

“They have to go into a light industrial area and that’s not light industrial, that’s residential,” Geter said.

Geter said a second company he’s speaking with is interested in bringing 75 manufacturing jobs to Powder Springs.

The Development Authority has offered that company $50,000 to help with the relocation process, but the company hasn’t accepted yet, he said.


Comments-icon Post a Comment
June 19, 2013
There is enough contiguous property (50 acres) in Southwest Cobb but a certain "historic" district neighborhood might be a problem to deal with.

SC Observer
June 19, 2013
I wonder why they haven't looked at the Riverview road industrial area near South Cobb Drive.

I know of a couple of tracts there that are over 50 acres that are close to I-285.

In this County?
June 19, 2013
Anyone who has lived in Cobb County for at least 10 years knows that finding 50 Contiguous Acres for manufacturing in this county is nearly asking the impossible. An office park is certainly possible, but manufacturing with trucks in and out is a whole other category.

Is Geter just saying this to make the county look like we are pursuing major job creation? And has this "manufacturing company" done any research on Cobb County? You would be hard pressed to find 50 acres for a subdivision in Cobb County unless you bulldoze another one. This manufacturing company will go elsewhere.
Mike In Smyrna
June 19, 2013
Strange strategy? Why release this info before the commitments are finalized. The price of 50-acre plots in Cobb County just went up. What kind of local and state incentives are available?
June 19, 2013
but, but, but ---- how is this possible???????

tim Lee and his friends spent millions to tell us that,

if we didn't increase our sales tax by 17% to

fund a list of political pork, that would do little to improve traffic, then....

no company in its right mind would want to move here

what's happening?????
Lib in Cobb
June 19, 2013
I will donate my next door neighbor's property, barking dogs included.
D.G. in Clarkdale
June 19, 2013
@Lib in Cobb, even if your joking it exposes a typical liberal mindset,always having the other guy pay for "your" wants or what irritates you made to go away... Lead the way, donate your own property!
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides