Flooring company Engineered Floors is bringing 2,400 new jobs to Georgia.
Channel 2 Action News first broke news of the new jobs on Monday. It’s one of the biggest announcements since Kia’s $250 million investment.
Channel 2’s Lori Geary sat down with Gov. Nathan Deal for an exclusive interview about the jobs Wednesday.
"This is a huge number of new jobs," Deal said. "This will go a long way toward reducing this unemployment rate."
Deal said he didn't have the full details of the incentives offered for the company to expand in Georgia. He told Geary that removing Georgia's sales tax on energy use for manufacturers is key.
"It sends the message to other manufacturers who may be in a different field all together that Georgia is a good place to do manufacturing," Deal said.
There will be two facilities, one in Whitefield County and one in Murray County.
Engineered Floors already has two plants in the state, and they will remain. There are about 1,000 employees.
"We've had 20 consecutive months of which the unemployment rate has dropped and this will certainly add to the continuation of that decline in our unemployment rate," Deal said.