Heckler & Koch is investing $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, GA. The new 50,000-square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready this summer, at which time the company will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into the location. The move is expected to generate 84 new jobs in the area over the next two years.
“HK’s new U.S. factory will make use of advanced manufacturing technologies and will be staffed by German and American engineers and technicians,” said Francisco Hidalgo, CEO of HKUSA. “The HK products will maintain the same level of quality and reliability that the consumer has grown to expect from HK. Our company motto is and will remain ‘No Compromise’”
“Georgia’s pro-business environment and well-connected logistics network allows manufacturing companies to thrive in our state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson in a press release. “Heckler & Koch’s decision to expand its existing operations corroborates our efforts to not only attract companies to Georgia, but to also retain them and support their growth. We look forward to working with our partners in Columbus to support HK in all of their endeavors.”
“HK has been a company that has quietly excelled in Columbus for many years and we are certainly excited about their investment and plans to hire more people,” said Russ Carreker, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. “Columbus is a great place to achieve business success and we're grateful HK chose to grow its business here.”
“The U.S. is a very large market for us and all of our products for the most part were being imported from Germany,” Heckler & Koch’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing Michael Holley told WTVM TV, a Georgia ABC affiliate. “This gives us the ability to have American engineers and American production folks.”