Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that Gerresheimer, a German-based manufacturer in the pharma and life science industry, is set to invest more than $88 million in expanding its manufacturing operations in Peachtree City. The expansion is anticipated to generate over 200 new jobs for Fayette County.
The project aligns with the growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia, emphasizing the state’s appeal for global companies seeking a skilled workforce. Governor Kemp highlighted the state’s commitment to investing in programs such as the GEORGIA MATCH Direct College Admissions Initiative.
Gerresheimer, which currently supports over 260 jobs in Peachtree City, is already undergoing an expansion that will add an additional 180 jobs, with operations commencing in April 2024. The new investment marks another significant contribution by the company in the state, reinforcing Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state for business.
Dietmar Siemssen, CEO of Gerresheimer AG, expressed appreciation for the continuous support from the State of Georgia, emphasizing the importance of the U.S. market for the company’s growth. The expansion in Peachtree City is seen as a key move for Gerresheimer’s medical device business in the U.S.
The new Gerresheimer facility will be situated in the Southpark International Industrial Park in Peachtree City, focusing on the production of medical devices, particularly autoinjectors for administering injectable drugs. Operations are expected to commence in the fall of 2024.
Hiring for various positions, ranging from entry-level production employees to highly skilled engineers and administrative staff, will begin in early summer 2024. Interested individuals can find more information on job opportunities on the Gerresheimer website or by contacting Vickie Britt at Vickie.Britt@gerresheimer.com.
Peachtree City Mayor Kim Learnard expressed dedication to fostering partnerships and economic growth, stating that Gerresheimer’s commitment aligns with the city’s vision for prosperity. Darryl A. Hicks, Chairman of the Fayette County Development Authority, commended Gerresheimer for its investment in the community and highlighted the company’s role in creating job opportunities.
The project involved collaboration between Gerresheimer, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Fayette County Development Authority, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Georgia Power. The state’s long-term relationship with Gerresheimer was underscored, emphasizing Georgia’s business-friendly environment and solutions to challenges faced by companies.
Georgia’s life sciences employment has outpaced the national average, boasting a 20 percent growth rate since 2015. The industry supports over 78,000 jobs statewide, with more than 4,000 life science organizations operating in Georgia. In 2022, Georgia exported over $1 billion in medical instruments to international markets, reinforcing the state’s position as a hub for the life sciences sector.