Created: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 01:45:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 02:02:53 EST
Nearly 200 new jobs are coming to Dublin and Laurens County with the ribbon cutting Friday for a German-owned metal stamping plant.
Erdrich Automotive Suppliers has invested $39 million in the construction of the plant that will employ 178 people when it opens.
"For our company this is a big day, because we opened up a new facility and a very great facility," said Nicholas Erdrich, the man whose company bears his name.
"This is a needed addition to the workforce that we have been looking to attract here," said Cal Wray, president of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.
With the building completed, Erdrich now expects equipment to arrive in the next few weeks. Eventually the plant will employ advanced technology to manufacture parts for the auto industry.
"This represents the next wave of advanced manufacturing, automotive manufacturing in Laurens County, adding to the growth in the state for automotive manufacturing," Wray said.
"For the city of Dublin, I think it's a big chance because we bring in new technology which is not so common in the U.S.," Erdrich said.
Erdrich corporate officials said they found everything they were looking for here in Dublin to make their plant work: logistics, infrastructure and a skilled workforce.
The 130,000-square-foot plant will be Erdrich's first in the U.S. The family-owned company has been producing complex metal automotive parts for 50 years, and now Central Georgia becomes an important part of their North American distribution system.
Erdrich plans to have at least 30 new employees on the job by the end of the year, adding more income to the local economy. People interested in the jobs can get information from the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.