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What Makes Metro Atlanta’s Thriving Job Market So Unique?

Atlanta's thriving job market

In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics named metro Atlanta as one of the nation’s top 25 metro areas with the fastest job growth. Thousands of jobs have poured into Atlanta and its surrounding communities in recent years, with myriad companies deciding to call the area home. In fact, in early 2018, the Department of Labor revealed that Atlanta had its strongest February for hiring in seven years, adding nearly 21,000 jobs to the economy across a wide range of industries. And while the numbers themselves are impressive, there’s another reason that Atlanta’s job growth truly stands out.

Of course, many of the new jobs hitting the market can be found within the city limits, offered by companies that are located in the main business districts of Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta and Buckhead. Yet, an array of opportunities can be found in counties throughout the metro area as well. Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of being both inside and outside the perimeter and choosing the communities that make the most sense for their business goals. Whether they are relocating or expanding current operations, these organizations are helping to place the metro Atlanta job market in the spotlight. According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the following companies are just a few of the trailblazers that are creating and bringing jobs at all levels to communities throughout the area.

Company: Instacart

Description:
Instacart is an on-demand grocery delivery service.
What’s happening:
The San Francisco-based company will build and open a state-of-the-art Customer Experience Center.
Where it will be located:
Fulton County
How many jobs it will create: 400
Learn more about the company:
Instacart.com

Company: TireHub

Description:
A joint venture between Goodyear Tires and Bridgestone, TireHub will provide U.S. tire dealers with passenger and light truck tires.
What’s happening:
The newly formed company plans to open its headquarters in metro Atlanta.
Where it will be located:
DeKalb County
How many jobs it will create: 150
Learn more about the company:
Corporate.goodyear.com

Company: Empire Distributors

Description:
Empire Distributors is a wholesale beverage distributor representing more than 1,000 brands.
What’s happening:
The company is moving its headquarters to metro Atlanta.
Where it will be located:
Cobb County
How many jobs it will create: 400
Learn more about the company:
Empiredist.com

Company: Carcoustics

Description:
Carcoustics is a manufacturer and supplier of acoustic and thermally effective components for the automotive industry.
What’s happening:
The Germany-based company has opened a new research and manufacturing plant in Buford.
Where it is located:
Gwinnett County
How many jobs it will create:,200 (over a five-year period)
Learn more about the company:
Carcoustics.com

Company: Jackson Healthcare

Description:
Jackson Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare staffing and technology companies in the United States.
What’s happening:
The company is expanding its Alpharetta campus with a $100 million investment.
Where it is located:
North Fulton County
How many jobs it will create: 1,400 (over a five-year period)
Learn more about the company:
Jacksonhealthcare.com

Company: Sports Warehouse

Description:
Sports Warehouse is a global supplier of sports and outdoor equipment and the largest tennis e-commerce company in the world.
What’s happening:
The California-based company has opened a new east coast facility in metro Atlanta.
Where it is located:
Forsyth County
How many jobs it will create: 342
Learn more about the company:
Sportswarehouse.us

Company: Cinema South Studios

Description:
Cinema South Studios is a complete production complex for movie studios, with stages, office and production space and more.
What’s happening:
The 200,000-square-foot facility will initially encompass six stages for film production on a 24-acre campus in Fayetteville.
Where it is located:
Fayette County
How many jobs it will create: Approximately 5,000 (over a five-year period)
Learn more about the company:
Cinemasouthstudios.com

Company: Z Gallerie

Description:
Z Gallerie is a home furnishing, art and decorative accessory retail store.
What’s happening:
The California-based company is building and will open a distribution and customer service center in Lithia Springs.
Where it is located:
Douglas County
How many jobs it will create: 115
Learn more about the company:
Zgallerie.com

Company: KL Outdoor

Description:
KL Outdoor manufactures an array of outdoor equipment, including kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and paddleboards, and is recognized as the world’s largest kayak manufacturer.
What’s happening:
The Michigan-based company is expanding with a new $8.3 million manufacturing and distribution center located in Stockbridge.
Where it is located:
Henry County
How many jobs it will create: 100
Learn more about the company:
KLOutdoor.com

Company: Loloi Rugs

Description:
Loloi Inc. is a wholesaler of rugs and other home furnishings.
What’s happening:
The Dallas, Texas-based company is expanding with a new 647,000-square-foot distribution facility located on 59 acres in Cartersville.
Where it is located:
Bartow County
How many jobs it will create: 200
Learn more about the company:
Loloirugs.com

Company: Custom Cooler

Description:
Custom Cooler manufactures walk-in coolers, freezers and cold storage doors.
What’s happening:
The California-based company has opened a 127,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Conyers to serve customers throughout the eastern and central U.S.
Where it is located:
Rockdale County
How many jobs it will create: 50
Learn more about the company:
Customcooler.com

Company: Green4U Technologies

Description:
Founded by Chateau Elan Winery founder and motorsport entrepreneur Don Panoz, Green4U Technologies will build battery-powered electric cars, SUVs, buses and pickup trucks.
What’s happening:
The recently launched startup will operate from a new 500,000-square-foot campus.
Where it is located:
Barrow County
How many jobs it will create: 1,000
Learn more about the company:
Green4U.com

Company: Clorox

Description:
The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional cleaning products and consumer brands.
What’s happening:
The California-based company recently opened a new 258,000-square-foot manufacturing facility called Atlanta West for its Home Care products.
Where it is located:
Clayton County
How many jobs it will create: 85
Learn more about the company:
Clorox.com

Company: Shire

Description:
Shire is a global biotechnology leader in serving patients with rare diseases.
What’s happening:
The Irish-headquartered company has opened a new plasma manufacturing facility in Covington, which will begin full operations once its first submission to the U.S. FDA is approved for its immunology practice.
Where it is located:
Newton County
How many jobs it will create: 700
Learn more about the company:
Shire.com

Company: Colorado Premium

Description:
Colorado Premium is a manufacturer of premium protein products.
What’s happening:
The company plans to open a new 130,000-square-foot food processing plant.
Where it is located:
Carroll County
How many jobs it will create: 190
Learn more about the company:
Coloradopremium.com

Looking for a Job in Metro Atlanta?

There’s no better time for a job hunter in metro Atlanta. New opportunities are popping up every day, as more companies are taking advantage of the exceptional benefits the local market has to offer. And there are positions available at all levels across a wide variety of industries. To get started on your job search, check out local job fairs being held throughout the year and stay up to date with these resources:

Choicecareerfairs.com/b/Atlanta

Besthirecareerfairs.com/job-fairs/Atlanta-job-fairs

Jobfairsin.com/Georgia

Eventbrite.com (search for job fairs in Atlanta)

Coasttocoastcareerfairs.com

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