COED and employees of Inalfa, a leading car roof system manufacturer now building a plant near Acworth, were given the Deal of the Year award by the governor during the Georgia Economic Developers Association’s annual awards ceremony in Macon.
Deal said Wednesday that it is his goal to make Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation for business, and that can’t be accomplished without organizations like COED.
“The Cherokee office obviously did a tremendous job in recruiting Inalfa Roof Systems, and this award shows that work earned the respect of the Georgia Economic Developers Association,” the governor said in a statement.
“I congratulate the team there, and I look forward to working with them to bring more jobs to Georgia.”
For Misti Martin, president of COED, it was an honor to be recognized by Deal and the GEDA.
“We are so excited!!!,” she wrote in an email this week.
Martin echoed Deal’s sentiment that the process of getting Inalfa to build in Cherokee County at the new Cherokee 75 Corporate Park near Acworth was a challenge.
But even though COED was singled out by the governor and GEDA, Martin said bringing the Netherlands-based manufacturer to Georgia was the result of hard work by many.
“This project is a great example of teamwork,” she said.
COED Chairman Marshall Day agrees.
“The Inalfa project is a testament of the strength and benefit of local and state partnerships,” Day said in a news release from GEDA this week.
Martin said if it hadn’t been for collaboration between the community, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and others, the car parts maker could have easily set up shop elsewhere.
“Inalfa was originally considering an existing building. It was leased by another company, leaving us with no available building option,” Martin said. “(And) it looked as though the project would locate in neighboring Tennessee.”
But Martin said because of the early construction underway at Cherokee 75, they were able to convince Inalfa that the sprawling Acworth-area park would be a good spot for its 165,000-square-foot factory.
Now, thanks to even more team work within Cherokee County and from other partners, Martin said the facility is on track to open its doors in January.