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First US glass plant in Lowndes County to create more than 150 jobs

Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 17:21:15-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. — The first U.S. glass plant in Lowndes County is expected to create more than 150 jobs.

Governor Brian Kemp announced on Thursday that Arglass Yamamura, LLC, a glass container manufacturing company, will create more than 150 jobs and invest $123 million to build its first U.S. glass container manufacturing plant in Valdosta, Lowndes County.

“With our highly-trained workforce, unmatched logistics network, and pro-business climate, the Peach State has solidified its reputation as a top competitor for manufacturing investment in recent years. Without question, this announcement is a great addition to our success story,” said Gov. Kemp. “This new facility will generate exciting opportunities for hardworking Georgians throughout the region, and we are grateful that Arglass Yamamura chose to begin operations here in Georgia.”

Arglass Yamamura noted Valdosta’s highly-skilled workforce, affordability, educational infrastructure, and close proximity to markets along the East Coast as determining factors for its specialty manufacturing operations.

The Valdosta facility will serve as the company’s first U.S. plant, creating glass products based on the company’s founding principles of flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability.

Mobilizing for construction of the glass manufacturing plant will begin on Monday. It should produce it's first bottle by January of 2021.