The Polk County business boom continues with recent news from the Governor’s office that Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a manufacturer of environmental components, will create an additional 211 jobs and invest $30 million to expand its facility in Rockmart. This brings the total to some $55 million invested in Polk County over the last 13 months.
“Georgia values Meggitt’s steadfast commitment to creating jobs and investing in Polk County,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “Meggitt already enjoys a significant presence in Polk County with 1,000 employees and understands the benefits of operating in the top state for business. Meggitt’s decision to expand its workforce is a reflection of Georgia’s ability to retain dynamic manufacturing companies with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce. We are looking forward to growing our relationship with Meggitt and seeing the company continue to succeed here in Georgia.”
Meggitt currently employs 1,000 individuals in Rockmart. Newly created jobs include positions in production, supervision, management, engineering, inspection and technical roles. Meggitt specifically designs and manufactures military and commercial aircraft fuel tanks, fuel systems and advanced composite structures, including radomes for in-flight satellite communications. Click to read more from Governor.
Last week, The Cedarstream Co., established in 1987, announced an expansion that will allow them to grow not only in the present day, but well into the future. They are known nationally as the company that “prints America” and locally as the friendly, family owned business that prints any type of shirt imaginable – from Little League jerseys to special fundraisers. The company is known for their screen printing on shirts, but they do so much more than that.
The company’s headquarters, at 225 N. Main St., will move across town to a new, larger facility in Cedartown’s North Business Park. By next year, that location will feature a modern glass front 38,800-square-foot building. The project will bring an investment of $4.5 million into the local economy and up to 15 new jobs. Background
In addition, The HON Company, a leading manufacturer of office furniture, will create 60 jobs and invest $14.5 million in a Polk County facility expansion. The HON Company is an operating subsidiary of the HNI Corp., the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in the world. The HON Company currently employs 680 associates at its Cedartown facility and will create new positions in manufacturing with this expansion. Previous report
Aside from industry growth, Polk County also is seeing growth from new retailers including restaurants. Tractor Supply is building a store in Cedartown near Home Depot of U.S. 27. Chick-fil-A has a restaurant under way in Rockmart with grand opening on Sept. 14 and new Martin’s Restaurant opening next month, too. Jefferson’s Restaurant just opened in April in Rockmart and Little Ceasars’ pizza shop opened in Cedartown in May. Even some existing players are growing — the Bojangles in Cedartown is building a restaurant next to the current one to better serve customers.
In May, Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms took a look at Polk’s business boom including the investment Floyd Medical Center has made with Polk Medical Center, as well as the growing housing market. Click here to read previous report.