Brooks Mathis, vice president of Economic Development for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, said Fabric.com is the leading fabric distributor in the country and they are expanding their company in size and needed to relocate in order to meet those needs.
“It came to us from the State of Georgia and the company needed to move into a larger location and when that opportunity presented itself, it also presented the option to move out of Cobb County,” he said. “The task for us was to keep them in Cobb and to keep the 200 jobs in Cobb and not only keep the 200 but when they expand, they will be growing by adding another 50 jobs, so we really stood to lose 250 jobs if they found a community and building outside of CC. They opened up the gate to look elsewhere.”
The company will relocated to Jiles Commerce Park off Jiles Road in Kennesaw into an unoccupied existing space.
There was an overall $4 million investment placed on the company, which is money Mathis said the online business is spending on the real estate portion of the relocation, new equipment and technology.
“It’s not all brand new but in this economy we also have to compete to retain, now more than ever just to keep what we have so it was a great team effort and people in Cobb will still be able to have their jobs here,” Mathis said.
Bob Fox, the director of economic development for the City of Kennesaw, said the company is scheduled to move in sometime by Aug. 1 and they will hire the additional 50 employees over the next 12 months.
"It has a huge benefit to the city economically because it brings a lot of economic vitality," Fox said. "It’s very positive and the thing that’s very attractive is that it’s a very stable company. We think it’s very good for Cobb County and Kennesaw that we were able to retain them in Cobb and put them in a location and position them where they’d still be successful and continue to grow their business right now.