Israeli company building plant near Savannah

Caesarstone Sdot Yam Ltd., an Israeli company that manufactures quartz surfaces, said it will build a plant that will create 180 jobs in southeast Georgia.

The plant, a $70 million to $100 million investment, will be built in Richmond Hill in Bryan County, which is part of the Savannah metropolitan area.

According to the Governor’s Office, the company will receive state incentives, including help with training employees for the new plant.

Caesarstone Chief Executive Officer Yos Shiran said Bryan County was chosen for its skilled work force and logistics infrastructure. The company will import raw materials and export finished products through the Savannah port.

The plant will be located in Belfast Commerce Centre, a 904-acre area about 20 miles southwest of Savannah. The area is being developed for manufacturing, assembly, warehousing and distribution, and as an intermodal inland port or logistics center.

The Governor’s Office said more than 40 Israeli companies operate in the state.