The Henry County Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that De Wafelbakkers, a manufacturer of made from scratch breakfast products, will invest $15 million to expand its production facility in Henry County. The expansion project will also create 83 jobs. This investment and job creation represents the first part of a planned two-phase expansion.
Henry County is known for its ability to grow and build strong community with its 100 percent population growth between 1990 and 2000. Henry County was the tenth fastest-growing county in the U.S. with a 70.9 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010.
Henry's growth story continues. In fact, Henry County added 5,800 new residents in the past year and had the second-largest percentage increase (2.5%) in the 10-county Atlanta region, according to population estimates recently released by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The growth brings the county’s total population to 234,800.
Searching for a home for your corporate headquarters? Regional, national and international companies alike are choosing Henry County, Georgia as their base of operations in Metro Atlanta and the Southeast. Metro Atlanta, one of the fastest growing metros in the U.S., is home to more than 1100 regional and global headquarters locations with 50 employees or more. (Source: BusinessWise 2017)
Why Henry? The availability of talent, relative low cost of doing business, access to customers through the world’s most traveled airport and the fastest growing port in the U.S. are just a few reasons.
Choose Henry and join the following companies who have found Henry to be a premiere location for their headquarters.
Georgia, touted as the Hollywood of the South, has been the location for hundreds of feature films, commercials, and music videos, along with television movies, series, and specials. Georgia is known by film and TV professionals as a Camera Ready state with location diversity, production resources, professional support, and a large talent pool. In addition, Georgia has one of the most competitive tax incentive programs in the country, leaving more money for a production budget. Qualifying productions receive a 20% tax credit, plus an additional 10% credit for embedding a Georgia promotional logo in your film title or credits. Click here to learn more about Georgia’s tax credits for film, television, and entertainment.
Bennett International Group, headquartered in McDonough, was formed in 1974 with the purchase of a small contract carrier named George Bennett Motor Express, which had two contracts, 15 trucks and 30 trailers. Bennett has grown tremendously and now has over 40 years of experience providing innovative logistics and transportation for companies across America. With 275 employees in Henry County and more than 1,000 company-wide, Bennett is leading the way in vehicle transportation nationwide!
Economic development can be defined as efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes and the tax base.
The mission of the Henry County Development Authority (HCDA) is to promote economic development in Henry County, Georgia through the attraction of new investment and jobs and the retention and expansion of existing industries. We work to strengthen the county’s economy for our residents by building lasting relationships with local and national companies to ensure they locate in our area and create high-value jobs for Henry’s best.
Wondering what to do on the Fourth of July? Henry County offers several ways to celebrate Independence Day including a road race, parade, ice cream social, fireworks and tons of family fun.
Henry County Parks and Recreation will host the seventh annual Firecracker Road Race 5K, 10K and one-mile walk on July 4 starting at 8 a.m. at Nash Farm Park, 100 Babbs Mill Road in Hampton. Registration fees vary from $25 to $50. The event includes a 9 a.m. Tot Trot, which is free to children 6 and under.
Main Street Hampton will hold its annual 4th of July Parade at 9 a.m. in downtown Hampton.
Henry County, Georgia hosts a multitude of education and training opportunities for lifelong learning to provide the qualified and available talent that today’s competitive global marketplace demands. Henry's equipped workforce will meet your most critical needs by supplying an area labor force of more than 754,000 skilled workers.
A quality educational system is a key component of any community’s quality of life infrastructure, and that is certainly the case in Henry! Henry County has an excellent educational system, with one of the top performing public school systems in the Atlanta Metro area. Henry County Schools are committed to continuously reviewing and strengthening their academic programs to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers. With more than 5,000 employees on the payroll, Henry County Schools is also one of the largest employers in the county.
Have you ever questioned, "where can I find products made in Georgia?" For the past 5 years, Gov. Nathan Deal has presented the Buy from Georgia Month proclamation at the Georgia State Capitol to promote manufacturers and the goods they produce in Georgia. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, he presented this proclamation to the members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) and manufacturing leaders from across the state of Georgia.
BuyFromGa.com, developed by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, features hundreds of items that are manufactured in Georgia that general consumers can purchase using an Amazon account. Visitors on the site can also find products that are manufactured in Georgia, but may not be available through Amazon. With Buy from Georgia month and BuyFromGa.com, here are a few of GMA’s end goals:
KL Outdoors, a manufacturer of outdoor equipment, recently announced their facility expansion in Stockbridge. They manufacture products such as kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and paddle boards, along with other outdoor equipment. With outdoor water recreation amenities like Panola Mountain State Park, the Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center, and Tussahaw Island, KL Outdoors will prove to be a great fit for Henry County!
Public fishing at Henry County Water Authority reservoirs began in March and will conclude the last weekend of November. Locust Grove’s Tussahaw and Upper Towaliga Reservoirs are ideal water bodies for various species of bream, bass, and catfish. Anglers can access the Tussahaw Reservoir via Tussahaw Island, a public use area with boat ramps and a walking trail around its perimeter. Please keep in mind that to actively fish at these reservoirs, you must have an active reservoir use permit. Find more details on the Henry County Water Authority website.