On Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal announced that ASOS, a London-based fashion and beauty store, is establishing an East Coast e-commerce fulfillment center in Union City. The center will create more than 1,600 jobs and invest more than $40 million in Fulton County over the next five years. The center will have a capacity for 10 million units with the possibility for future growth.
The center’s location and proximity to I-75,I-85 and I-20, along with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will certainly be valuable for the retailer. “In choosing to locate in Fulton County, ASOS will benefit from the robust transportation network, highly skilled workforce and growing economy that we as the top state for business have to offer. We appreciate ASOS’ significant investment in Georgia as they grow their presence in the U.S. and look forward to the company’s success here.”
ASOS is the U.K.’s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer. It has 15 million active shoppers worldwide. U.S. sales are growing at twice the rate of the U.K.’s and the new warehouse will allow for much quicker fulfillment. ASOS also offers approximately 85,000 different products on its website at any given time, made up by 900 different brands. In June of this year alone, the site had nearly 150 million visits and more than 21 million followers across various social media platforms.
ASOS Vice President of Logistics Brent Dorfman is enthusiastic about locating in metro Atlanta. “We are very excited to build a U.S. home in Fulton County. Atlanta is an ideal location for us, it is a vibrant and growing international city with a diverse culture. We will use the region’s transportation network and deep pool of talent to deliver ASOS’ best-in-class service to U.S. customers.”
On Wednesday, Deal also announced Irving Consumer Products will be investing $400 million in a new manufacturing facility in Macon-Bibb County. The facility will create more than 200 jobs for the subsidiary of one of New Brunswick, Canada’s largest companies, J.D. Irving Limited.
The company produces a wide array of products but this facility will focus on paper products, including facial and bathroom tissue and napkins. Most of their manufacturing currently is done in Canada. “We’re pleased to be expanding our business in the United States,” said Robert K. Irving, president of Irving Consumer Products. “We’re excited by the opportunity in Macon and in Georgia. We’re looking forward to building a strong relationship with the wonderful people of this community. Selecting Macon for our new facility provides us with an opportunity to establish a footprint in a region that has proven itself as being a strong supporter of business. It will allow us to reach key markets, and will help to continue to drive our growth. This expansion is possible because of the commitment of our employees, customers and suppliers. It is their support that has allowed us to grow and expand.”
More than 500 people will be employed during construction off the site. It is expected to complete by 2019.
The unemployment rate in Georgia is now hovering at the lowest it has been in 10 years. The most recent jobs report from the Department of Labor did show manufacturing and construction both lost jobs. These announcements will partly help to ease these losses.