The new plant is expected to create 30 new jobs
RAI Industrial Fabricators, LLC will build a new state of the art steel fabrication facility, creating 30 new jobs and investing $20 million in Martin Bridge in Banks County.
“Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen many wins in recent years, and we are proud that RAI is expanding their already successful operation into Martin Bridge,” said Gov. Brian Kemp in a news release. “As the Top State for Business, our skilled workforce has received national recognition, and I am confident that it will meet the company’s needs as they create exciting, new opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Banks County.”
Headquartered in Athens, Georgia, RAI Industrial Fabricators is seeking to meet the needs of a growing client base and provide more services and products for their customers. This new facility will double the capacity of their existing operation in Athens in anticipation of future growth.
“We are excited about expanding RAI Industrial Fabricators with a new location at Martin Bridge in Banks County,” says Mark Christopherson, president of RAI Industrial Fabricators. “Site selection began over a year ago and quickly narrowed to this area along the I-85 corridor. Martin Bridge is ideally located to accommodate our growth among regional clients across the Southeast.”
RAI will be hiring welders, fabricators, machine operators, detailers, material handlers, project managers, coating specialists, and quality controllers at the new facility at the Martin Bridge exit, the only undeveloped exit on I-85.
“The Development Authority of Banks County is proud to have worked alongside RAI Industrial Fabricators to expand their growing business into our wonderful community,” said Banks County’s Development Authority Executive Director Hannah Mullins. “This deal not only provides gainful employment and capital investment for Banks County, but also serves as the catalyst for long-awaited trade at the Martin Bridge interchange on I-85.”
Highly anticipated for decades, all four quadrants of the I-85 intersection are now investor-owned, with some investments dating as far back as the 1970s. Mullins predicts Martin Bridge will become “the most sought-after Northeast Georgia trade area between Atlanta and Greenville, South Carolina.”
“The Banks County Board of Commissioners is excited to see the location of a business such as RAI Industrial Fabricators at the Martin Bridge exit,” said Banks County Board of Commissioners Chair Jimmy Hooper. “We anticipate many more quality employment opportunities and an increased tax base for our citizens.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Tammy Caudell represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Development Authority of Banks County, the Banks County Board of Commissioners, the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Power, and Jackson EMC.