"Georgia and Hall County had all the ingredients for success for King’s Hawaiian."

-Dan Raatjes, SVP/Chief Operations Officer, King's Hawaiian

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About Northeast Georgia

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The thirteen counties that comprise the Northeast region of Georgia are a haven for business and outdoor life. Bordered by two states and the Chattooga River in the east, Region 2 total employment is estimated at 276,461, with concentrations in manufacturing, construction, retail and wholesale trade, educational services and tourism. 

Hall County will be home to the second Georgia Ports Authority inland port, which will provide a direct Norfolk Southern Railroad link from Region 2 to the Port of Savannah. The inland port is expected to open in 2021. The region is home to Fieldale Farms, NE GA Health System, Haring, Diana Food and many other domestic and international companies.
 

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Northeast Georgia 13 Counties Strong

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29 TV/FILM

productions since 2007

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340,000

regional labor force

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775,000

regional population

Area Counties
Banks
Dawson
Forsyth
Franklin
Habersham
Hall
Hart
Lumpkin
Rabun
Stephens
Towns
Union
White
Businesses Located in this Region
Nestle-Purina
Gant Medical
Fox Shocks
King's Hawaiian
Geveko Markings
Kubota Manufacturing
Solvay Speciality Polymers
"We selected Gainesville due to its proximity to Atlanta, accessibility to skilled workers, and because operations can be easily scaled from the location.”
Ulrik Haagen-Olsen, Group CEO of Geveko Markings
“The Development Authority of Banks County is proud to have worked alongside RAI Industrial Fabricators to expand their growing business into our wonderful community.”
Hannah Mullins, Executive Director for the Development Authority of Banks County

When Southern Hospitality Meets the Aloha Spirit

When King’s Hawaiian were searching for another location to spread their Aloha spirit, they looked no further than Georgia. “We ultimately selected Georgia for our East Coast operations because of its pro-business environment – its infrastructure, workforce and reasonable regulations – as well as its existing ecosystem of food processing companies.” With Georgia’s help, King’s Hawaiian were able to access a vast a qualified talent pool, ultimately supporting their long-term growth.

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RAI Industrial Fabricators Building in Banks County

Headquartered in Athens, Georgia, it was only a natural fit for RAI Industrial Fabricators to choose Banks county as the site for their new steel fabrication facility. RAI Industrial Fabricators chose Martin Bridge, as its ideally located to accommodate their growth among regional clients across the Southeast. This move not only speaks to the strength of Georgia’s booming manufacturing industry, but reinforces Georgia’s recognition as the top state for business.

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Ingredients for Success: King’s Hawaiian Expands in Georgia

In 2010, King’s Hawaiian began a multi-state search to find the right location for long-term growth. They ultimately selected Oakwood, Georgia for their East Coast operations due to its infrastructure, workforce and ecosystem of food processing companies . It wasn’t long before they doubled their capacity and then started construction on another similarly sized facility right next door. According to Food Business News, King’s Hawaiian became America’s top-selling brand in the fresh rolls/buns/croissant category in August 2014.