Is Atlanta the Next Manufacturing Hub?

Is Atlanta on its way to becoming the center of the next U.S. Manufacturing phase? According to a recent article published by Automation World, all signs seem to point to yes. Among the reasons listed in the article, one of the strongest indicators seems to be the robust (and ever growing) presence of R & D centers in the city.  In addition to Georgia Tech’s longstanding existence in midtown, Panasonic Automotive Systems recently built a $2 million “innovation lab” center, and GM recently announced that one of its four new North American R&D centers will be located in a northern suburb just outside of Atlanta.

While the city’s fast growth and innovation have set the tone for a strong manufacturing community, other factors have played a role in its burgeoning hub status. Some of these influences include:

  • Migration of major automation and manufacturing companies – Businesses like Siemens, B&R and Porsche have all laid down their roots in the South and moved their headquarters to Atlanta. Amongst the manufacturing lot, Caterpillar has re-shored some of its Japanese manufacturing to the Athens, Georgia area.
  • Strong Advanced Manufacturing Potential – Thanks to the presence of Georgia Tech, Emory and the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta seems to have all of the desirable ingredients for medical device manufacturers.
  • Transportation – In addition to the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta also boasts a major rail line convergence and plans to become a major logistics center for the eastern seaboard thanks to plans that involve the deepening of the port of Savannah.

2013 is gearing up to be an exciting time as the manufacturing industry is presented with increasing opportunities after rebounding from a tough recession. Thanks to tax breaks, enhanced transportation opportunities, proximity to technical centers, and quality of life, companies like GSC Packaging are choosing the Southeast for their business. If present trends continue, Atlanta is poised to become the center of this new manufacturing trend.

Comments are closed.