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Producing Products for the World

Advanced manufacturing represents nearly 11 percent of the workforce in the Savannah MSA, contributing to a payroll of more than $1.4 billion. Savannah’s broad advanced manufacturing base includes 287 manufacturers, employing approximately 18,000 and creating $3.6 billion in output in 2017. A few of the manufacturers located in Chatham County include industry leaders such as Gulfstream Aerospace CorporationMitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. and JCB, Inc.
18,000

people employed in manufacturing

Georgia Department of Labor

287

manufacturing companies located in Savannah

GA DOL

6%

unionization rate

Unionstats.com, 2019

Companies in the Savannah area benefit from the city’s superior infrastructure, which includes the Port of Savannah. The port, the second largest on the East and Gulf coasts and the fastest growing in the nation, features two deepwater terminals and gives companies fast and easy access to 44 percent of U.S. consumers and manufacturers and 70 percent of the U.S. population within two days. The city also features two Class I railroads, easy and immediate access to major highway systems, and an international airport. The city’s outstanding infrastructure was recognized by Logistics Today, which named Savannah “the most logistics friendly city in the nation” three years in a row.

Savannah’s workforce is another major draw for the advanced manufacturing sector. Within 60 miles of Savannah, there is a labor pool of more than 430,000. Though the Savannah area enjoys a relatively low unemployment rate, the underemployment rate is high, leading to an influx of skilled workers seeking greater job opportunities.

The area’s talent pipeline includes 18 area colleges and universities that have nearly 65,000 students, graduating 16,000 students each year.

Advanced manufacturing companies in the Savannah area can take advantage of training programs such as Quick Start, a high-quality, no-cost training service available to new or expanding businesses in Georgia. In 2019, Quick Start opened the Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Savannah, Georgia at the crossroads of I-16 and I-95. The 50,000 square foot center is equipped for a wide-range of advanced manufacturing and smart factory training, including mechatronics, control systems, automation and robotics, sensors, and networked wireless systems. It also includes computer labs and additional flexible space.

Manufacturers seeking workers with specific skills can utilize the resources at Savannah Technical College, which offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in aviation technology, business, public service, industrial technology, health sciences and more.

Many advanced manufacturers in the Savannah area have benefited from Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, a part of Georgia Southern University. The world-class research and development facility, which supports the non-wovens, pulp and paper, and bio-based materials industries, has produced materials for Fortune 500 chemicals and materials companies such as DuPont.

Savannah area manufacturers can take advantage of Foreign Trade Zone 104, which provides a secure, efficient and profitable way for businesses to compete effectively in domestic and global markets.

The Savannah Economic Development Authority works with Savannah’s manufacturers, connecting companies with unique incentives that may be available in their target industry. SEDA also can help companies find the perfect location for their advanced manufacturing operations, from shovel-ready sites to large existing facilities with millions of square feet of industrial space.


Leading Employers in this Industry

Legend: Headquarters in Savannah headquarter International international

Advanced Manufacturing Employers (100+) Product/Service
BASF Catalysts LLC international Refining Catalyst
Brasseler USA headquarter Dental and medical instrumentation
DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. international Modular interior construction solution
EMD Performance Materials Corporation international Industrial pigments
GAF Materials Corporation Residential/Commercial-Rolled Roofing
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation headquarter Jet aircraft, aerospace equipment
Interfor international Sawmill
International Paper Paper products, market pulp, chemicals, corrugated containers, unbleached kraft paper, liner
JCB Americas, Inc. headquarter international Construction Equipment
Johnson Matthey Process Technologies Inc. international Catalyst production
Kraton Specialty resins, pine-based chemicals
Lummus Corporation headquarter Cotton ginning equipment
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. international Gas and steam turbine
Nine Line Apparel Commercial screen printing and apparel/accessories
Paper Chemical Supply Company headquarter Industrial Paper and Chemical Supplies
Strength of Nature Global, LLC headquarter Ethnic hair care product
The Industrial Company (TIC) Southeast Steel fabrication/machine shop and industrial maintenance

*Not an all-inclusive list

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