Atlanta, GA — Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that KIRCHHOFF Automotive, a German-based international supplier to the automotive industry, will invest $15 million in opening an assembly facility in Gwinnett County. The new development in Lawrenceville will create 73 new jobs. Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson personally met with KIRCHHOFF Automotive’s leadership during a December 2019 economic development mission in Europe about the benefits of doing business in Georgia.
“KIRCHHOFF Automotive choosing to open their assembly facility in Georgia is yet another example of Georgia’s robust automotive industry and our investment in workforce training programs delivering solid manufacturing jobs and opportunities to hardworking Georgians,” said Governor Kemp. “It’s a pleasure to welcome KIRCHHOFF Automotive to the No. 1 State for Business, and I look forward to Georgia becoming a key player in their international success story.”
KIRCHHOFF Automotive is a family-owned company headquartered in Iserlohn, Germany, that manufactures complex auto body components at 26 facilities across 11 countries. Its worldwide customer base includes BMW and Mercedes-Benz – both of which have headquarters in the eastern United States, with Mercedes-Benz’s headquarters located in nearby Sandy Springs, Georgia. KIRCHHOFF Automotive is a full-service supplier of complex metal and hybrid structures, crash management systems, chassis applications, and cross car beams.
“A Georgia location will increase our opportunities to provide world-class service to our customers in the southeastern United States,” said KIRCHHOFF Automotive Global Chief Operating Officer Stefan Leitzgen. “We appreciate the support provided by the State of Georgia as we establish our sixth U.S. facility and look forward to working with state and local resources to build a successful operation.”
KIRCHHOFF Automotive’s new 101,000-square-foot assembly facility will be used for the final assembly of metal auto body parts coming from other U.S. plants. Individuals interested in assembly positions at the company’s Lawrenceville facility are encouraged to visit www.kirchhoff-automotive.com for additional information.
“Gwinnett County’s international business presence is already robust,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson. “Adding another strong business like KIRCHHOFF Automotive shows the strength of diversity in our county.”
Project Manager Fernanda Kirchner represented GDEcD’s Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with Partnership Gwinnett, Georgia Quick Start, and Georgia Power. Managing Director for the State of Georgia’s Europe Office Sérgio Domingues and Georgia Centers of Innovation for Manufacturing Director John Morehouse also played instrumental roles in attracting KIRCHHOFF Automotive to Georgia.
“In addition to our many tangible assets, KIRCHHOFF Automotive choosing to establish their assembly facility in Gwinnett is another example of the ways our local and international partnerships translate into jobs and opportunities for Georgians,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I thank Governor Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly for their unwavering support for our automotive industries and for continuing to prioritize our international economic development partnerships. I had the pleasure of meeting with KIRCHHOFF Automotive’s leadership team in Germany, and those types of personal connections continue to help us seize new opportunities for our business and our state.”
Home to the Port of Savannah – the single largest and fastest-growing container terminal in the U.S.; the Port of Brunswick – the fastest-growing auto port in the Southeast; and the most extensive rail system in the Southeastern U.S., the State of Georgia continues to lead in the automotive industry.
About KIRCHHOFF Automotive
KIRCHHOFF Automotive is the largest business unit in the KIRCHHOFF Group, with 9,000 employees and 26 production plants in 11 countries. As a global player, the company offers complex body components to their customers on the continents of Europe, Asia, and North America, in a cost-optimal logistics chain. KIRCHHOFF Automotive’s global production network includes the core technologies of forming, CNC and wing bending, joining, lightweight design, and surface treatment, ensuring uniform manufacturing and production standards around the world. The company operates with a logistical chain optimized for cost means; products such as crash management systems, front-end frames, and cross members are assembled into complete components at JIT plants that are located in the immediate vicinity of their customers.
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