Wayfair to bring customer support facility, and 500 new jobs, to Athens, Ga.

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The announcement comes on heels of Georgia receiving Golden Shovel award for “top-notch” business environment
Governor Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that Wayfair, Inc., the online home decor company, plans to open a customer support facility in Athens-Clark County – an $8 million investment.
“Wayfair’s decision to locate their new customer support facility in Athens-Clarke County is a testament to the economic development assets available in Athens-Clarke County and this region,” Kemp said in a press release. “Our world-class logistics network has become a magnet for e-commerce companies looking to grow and reach new markets, and we are thrilled that Wayfair chose Georgia.”
Last year, the Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Wayfair Inc., would create 1,000 jobs and open a new 1,164,800-square-foot facility in Savannah. New jobs would include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions – an investment of about $45 over the next five years.

Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Wayfair, which was founded in 2002, already has operations throughout North America and Europe and currently employs more than 13,300 people

“We are pleased to bring 500 jobs to the city of Athens as we expand our Sales & Service operations to support the rapid growth of the business,” Wayfair’s head of sales and service Tom Svitil said in the release. Wayfair also has operations in McDonough as well as Savannah.

This announcement comes on the heels of  Monday’s announcement from Kemp’s office that Georgia has been awarded a Gold Shovel by Area Development Magazine for generating the most jobs and investment in the United States for the eight to twelve million population category.

“We are honored to receive the Gold Shovel in recognition of Georgia’s top-notch business environment, which creates immeasurable growth, investment, and opportunity in every corner of our state,” Kemp said “Our unmatched workforce, world-renowned logistics, and pro-business climate make the Peach State an ideal location for business investment. I want to thank our state’s economic development team and local officials for their efforts to secure this honor for Georgians.”

Area Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize state and local economic development agencies which leverage innovative policies, workforce development, and logistics hubs to drive investment and job creation. All states are invited to submit information to Area Development on major groundbreakings, investments, and business expansions occurring in 2018.

“This Gold Shovel is a testament to our state’s commitment to cultivating and building on the business environment that has made us the No. 1 state for business,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said in the press release. “Congratulations to Governor Kemp, our state economic development team, and all of our economic development partners across the state on this well-deserved recognition.”

A report on the 2019 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Winners is published in the Q2/2019 issue of Area Development online at www.areadevelopment.com/shovels.

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