Georgia has used tax breaks and other incentives to lure companies and their jobs to the state. The state Department of Economic Development provided a $400,000 Regional Economic Business Assistance grant to Inalfa plant.
Georgia’s major automotive presence includes Kia Motor Corp. in West Point, and North American headquarters for Porsche in Atlanta and BBS in Braselton. The state is also home to major auto parts suppliers and related enterprises.
Earlier this month, Yamaha, the world’s largest maker of of all-terrain vehicles, opened a second plant in Newnan and will hire 100 employees to work on a new side-by-side utility vehicle. The plant currently employs 1,250 workers. In addition to the 100 to be hired, 300 more workers could be added in years to come, the Japanese company said.
— Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.