Inalfa Roof Systems, which manufactures roofing systems for car makers like Ford, General Motors and BMW, is projected to open its newest U.S. factory at the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park in January 2014, said Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
Martin said manufacture is constructing a 165,000-square-foot factory, which will be the first facility at the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park near Acworth.
Inalfa’s facility will offer a wide range of job openings, spanning from management, engineering and purchasing to manufacturing positions. Hiring for these positions will begin later this year and continue through the middle of 2015, Martin said.
Following the announcement of the development from Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office Monday morning, Cherokee County Commissioner Jason Nelms, who represents District 4 where Inalfa’s factory will be located, remarked on what he expects will be the “impact” of the construction.
“I’m very excited about it,” Nelms said. “Three-hundred jobs to the county is pretty impactful. For those who want to, maybe they have an opportunity now to not have as big of a commute into Atlanta.”
Nelms added that Inalfa will serve as an “anchor” business for the southwestern corner of the county, which has an opportunity for growth.
Marshall Day, chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, also said the development will be important to Cherokee.
“The new investment and jobs created will have a significant positive impact on Cherokee and the northwest Atlanta region,” Day said in a release.
Martin said Cherokee County and the state of Georgia were in talks with Inalfa for about six months before closing the deal for the company to build its facility in Cherokee.
During this time, Martin said many government employees played a part in making the deal happen.
But Nelms said the credit truly lies with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
“We’ve had a lot of hands in this,” he said. “All the credit goes to Misti Martin and her crew.”