Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that ELK Group International (ELK), a premier designer and importer of indoor and outdoor, residential and commercial lighting fixtures and home decor, will create more than 100 jobs and invest $2 million in a distribution center in Screven County.
“Georgia is a hub for thriving companies such as ELK Group International, and their decision to open a new facility in Sylvania is a great win for the region,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “With access to a skilled workforce and an efficient transportation infrastructure, ELK will find it easy to meet the growing demands of their customers, and expand their business in Sylvania.”
ELK will upgrade an existing 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Sylvania for their new operations. This facility will create new employment opportunities over the next three years to include positions in office and warehouse operations. The Sylvania distribution center will be ELK’s seventh U.S. location.
“Expanding our distribution network to the Southeast allows us to support current and future growth while enhancing service levels for our customers,” said Todd Webb, COO of ELK Group International. “The management of the Screven County Development Authority and the City of Sylvania were instrumental in the decision process, and we look forward to being an active member of the local community.”
ELK was founded in 1983 and imports lighting fixtures from China, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Major customers include Home Depot, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bealls, Kohls and Stein Mart.
“When we met Mark Fludgate, President, and Todd Webb, with ELK Group International we immediately knew this could be a seamless fit in our community,” said Screven County Development Authority Chairman, Bobby Smith. “The former Sylvania Yarn Systems Building has housed a vital part of our industry mix in Sylvania for decades, prior to being shuttered in 2009. It is great to see it active again and even better to see a vibrant and strong partner joining us in Screven County. I also want to thank the Screven County Board of Commissioners, the City of Sylvania, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and our other partners for their support of economic development efforts.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development regional project manager, Alyce Thornhill, represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Screven County Development Authority and the City of Sylvania.
About ELK Group International
ELK Group International (www.elkgroupinternational.com) is a premier designer and importer of indoor and outdoor residential, designer and commercial lighting fixtures, decorative accessories and furniture. Through their vast distribution network, they function as a single source provider for a variety of complimentary furnishing categories. Their award winning team of international designers and engineers create coordinating products with uncompromising detail while ensuring each item is crafted to exceptionally high standards of quality, innovation and design. Founded in 1983, the company distributes over 20,000 products under the brand names of ELK Lighting, Dimond Lighting, Stein World, Dimond Home, GuildMaster, Sterling, Thomas Lighting, Lamp Works, Pomeroy, Mirror Masters, Ryvyr, and ELK Hospitality. Products are available through a network of fine lighting and furniture showrooms, electrical wholesale distributors, department stores and specialty home improvement centers throughout the world.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.