A Dutch manufacturer of cameras for heavy equipment and maritime vessels is to open its North American headquarters in Georgia in late January with plans to hire 65 people over the next five years.
Orlaco‘s new office and warehouse in Jasper, Ga., will enable the company to serve heavy-industry companies with operations in Georgia, a list that includes such global giants as John Deere, JCB and Caterpillar Inc.
The facility, located in an industrial building in Pickens County in North Georgia, will also house sales and marketing operations for North America, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“With the new headquarters in Georgia, we can supply quality products to our existing and new customers faster. This expansion is a logical continuation of the success we already have in the North American market for years,” Kurt Dekker, chief business development officer for Orlaco, said in a news release.
Pickens County is one of many Georgia counties located within Foreign Trade Zone No. 26, which is more a designation than a geographic area. Duties on inventory held within the zone are deferred until the product is sold and shipped to a customer. Companies can avoid duties altogether if they re-export the product or component.
Pickens currently has no companies making use of the trade-zone status, said Gerry Nechvatal, economic development director for the county chamber of commerce. But Orlaco could change that.
“I feel that having a top quality company such as Orlaco select Pickens County enhances our brand. It demonstrates that this is an attractive location with competitive advantages, and this will strengthen our recruiting efforts,” Mr. Nechvatal told Global Atlanta.
Orlaco will host a ribbon-cutting for the new headquarters in late January. Parties interested in attending should contact Mr. Nechvatal at email@example.com.
Job applicants should contact the Orlaco office in Jasper.
More information on Foreign Trade Zones: More Foreign-Trade Zones to Sprout in Georgia