Georgia is home to more than 300 automotive-related facilities, and the automotive industry contributes more than $3B to our economy. Thanks to our airport, seaports and central location amid Southeastern OEMs, we are ideally situated to move product to customers both domestically and internationally; and have the skilled workforce and resources needed for manufacturing.
Georgia has been an established automotive manufacturing center since 1909, when the first automobile was assembled in the state. Throughout the past hundred years, leading automotive companies have consistently chosen Georgia as their home for manufacturing, assembly, headquarters, and innovation centers.
Georgia is located in the center of the southeastern United States, making it the ideal base for supplying the region’s growing OEMs.
The state’s robust transportation system supports automotive companies with a variety of efficient logistic operation options. Companies in Georgia have access to:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport and most efficient airport. This airport is the 13th largest air cargo hub in North America.
- 80% of nation’s consumer markets within a two-day drive, or two-hour flight
- Port of Savannah, leading eastern seaboard auto part import center
No. 1 in shipments from Asia
No. 2 in shipments from Europe
- Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick is the second busiest U.S. port for total Ro/Ro cargo
In addition to automotive manufacturing, Georgia companies are translating cutting-edge technology into practical applications for the automotive industry. As home to leading engineering and design universities, we have the resources needed to explore new frontiers, from autonomous vehicles to the intelligent infrastructure needed to support them. Georgia is also a strategic location for innovation centers for a variety of industry leaders. Examples of Georgia’s automotive innovators includes:
|Lab 1886||Panasonic Automotive|
|Lund International||Verizon Connect|
The Ray, an 18-mile stretch of I-85, will soon serve as a testing ground for new technologies focusing on transportation, safety and energy generation. Georgia Department of Economic Development was instrumental in creating a partnership with the Centers of Innovation for Energy Technology, GDOT, and the Ray C Anderson Foundation.
The Ray Executive Director Allie Kelly sums up why The Ray is such an exciting project for the State of Georgia.
“Every day you read another news article about autonomous cars or the future of transportation and flying around in your own helicopter taxi, but what The Ray is doing is it’s making those future concepts and technologies real today in a working environment.”
A company’s success depends on recruiting, training, and retaining quality talent, and Georgia is committed to providing companies access to quality workforce. Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for workforce training by Area Development Magazine, Georgia Quick Start is the most advanced program of its kind and provides customized, comprehensive workforce solutions free of charge to new and expanding automotive companies in Georgia.
An additional advantage for employers, and in keeping with the state’s pro-business culture, only 2.5% of private company workers are unionized.
Georgia is a premier destination for automotive manufacturers and the technology companies that are developing the transportation system of the future. The industry contributes $3 billion to the State’s economy. The Georgia Automotive Awards were developed to elevate the industry’s profile, recognize individual companies for their contributions, and celebrate the industry’s collective accomplishments. Visit the Automotive Awards page for additional information and a look at previous winners.
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