Celadon will invest more than $155 million in opening a North American headquarters and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility in Chatham County, creating 117 jobs in the Savannah area. This represents Phase 1 of Celadon’s major investment project in Georgia.
“Celadon choosing Georgia for their North American headquarters, along with a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, highlights our state’s ability to recruit companies on the cutting edge of their respective industries,” Governor Kemp said.
According to the Governor’s office, in addition to establishing a North American headquarters and a recycled brown pulp manufacturing facility, Celadon will open a second production line of its recycling and manufacturing operations during Phase 2 of its expansion to Georgia.
Additionally, the company has opened a dry processing plant for clean old corrugated cardboard (OCC), and plans to establish a logistics operation in Chatham County to facilitate its logistical needs.
“The State of Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority, and the Savannah Economic Development Authority have made our project possible,” said Tim Zosel, CEO of Celadon Development Corporation. “The teams are incredibly proactive and we could not have developed this project without their support.”
Celadon companies process old corrugated cardboard and waste paper into clean commodity products for export. The Celadon Development Corporation plant in Savannah will produce 450,000 tons of product per year from each operation line. When fully built, it is expected that the plant will produce 900,000 tons of product per year. Once both phases of Celadon’s project are complete along with its dry processing plant, the company expects to export approximately 87,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through the Port of Savannah annually.
“At the Georgia Ports Authority, we are proud to support domestic production and jobs for Georgians,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We’re happy to welcome Celadon to the Peach State and to the community of exporters who rely on the Port of Savannah.”