The Canadian company ICForm Inc. announced last week just hours before Georgia’s 19th Annual International VIP Tour rolled into Columbus that it would locate its newest plant in the West Central Georgia city.

Based in Granby, Quebec, ICForm is a division of Polyform Foam Plastics Inc., a privately held company that manufactures foam products used in a wide variety of applications including construction materials, packaging, flotation devices and helmets. ICForm is to manufacture construction industry products at its new $16 million facility.

“This was just further proof of the dynamic growth that is taking place in this area of the Southeast,” Malcolm McKechnie, Canada’s consul general, told GlobalAtlanta in a telephone interview from Columbus. Mr. McKechnie participated in the tour of Middle and West Central Georgia hosted by the state on behalf of the Consular Corps and foreign trade representatives based in Atlanta. The group visited Callaway Gardens, Columbus, LaGrange and Macon.

Francois Beauchesne, ICForm’s vice president for sales and business development, said in a statement that a requirement for same-day pick up and next-day delivery service of its insulated concrete product prompted the expansion, which will provide 100 new jobs.

The product is especially in demand, he said, in areas that experience tornadoes and hurricanes.

“We needed a strategic location to obtain access to multiple ports for Europe, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico,” he said.

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