“This is exciting news for Bekaert and Rome and Floyd County,” said Plant Manager Gary Downey. “This investment not only ensures that the Rome plant will be more efficient and cost competitive, but will also strengthen our company’s bonds to the Greater Rome community. Without this community’s support, rebuilding this plant would not be possible.”
Rome Mayor Jamie Doss said he is always excited to learn that an existing manufacturer, like Bekaert, plans to reinvest.
“Bekaert promised a strong commitment to our community, and that’s exactly what we’ve gotten,” said Mayor Doss. “It’s wonderful to know that an international giant such as Bekaert wants to continue to do business here in Rome and Floyd County. It really says a lot about our community, and for that, I am truly honored.”
The declaration makes for the second time Bekaert has officially announced plans of renovation and rebuilding at the Rome plant in less than two years. The $16 million investment will restore operations after a November 2014 fire that extensively damaged portions of the plant.
Before the fire, Bekaert announced a $29 million investment for modernization projects.
“Our county has a history of being a hub for manufacturing,” said Floyd County Commission Chairman Larry Maxey. “We are doing all we can to help keep and grow our industries that serve as our primary employers.”
“Existing industries create the strong base for our community to grow and prosper,” said Rome-Floyd Development Authority and Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jimmy Byars, Hardy Realty. “Because of manufacturing companies like Bekaert, the Greater Rome area is able to attain the level of economic successes that we have today.”
Founded in 1880, Bekaert Corporation is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coatings. The international company has customers in over 120 countries and in all markets and sectors.
Special thank you to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, City of Rome, Floyd County, the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority, the Development Authority of Floyd County, and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce for their support.