"We're pleased to be expanding our business in the U.S. We're excited by the opportunity in Macon and in Georgia. We're looking forward to building a strong relationship with the wonderful people of this community," says Robert K. Irving, president of Irving Consumer Products. "Selecting Macon for our new facility provides us with an opportunity to establish a footprint in a region that has proven itself as being a strong supporter of business. It will allow us to reach key markets, and will help to continue to drive our growth. This expansion is possible because of the commitment of our employees, customers and suppliers. It is their support that has allowed us to grow and expand."
"We welcome Irving Consumer Products to Georgia and appreciate the company's significant investment here," says Governor Nathan Deal. "Georgia's top-ranked business climate continues to attract international manufacturing leaders and drive investment opportunities across the state. The jobs created at this facility will provide meaningful opportunities in the Macon community while utilizing our robust logistics infrastructure to reach its customer base more efficiently. Ultimately, Georgia's ongoing success is the result of partnerships like these, and Irving Consumer Products is a welcome addition to our winning team."
"The more we learned about the Irving family companies, the more we knew they would make great corporate partners here in Macon-Bibb County," says Mayor Robert Reichert. "They will be a great addition to our entire region, especially with their policy of putting families first and history of giving back to the communities where they're located."
Engineering and planning for the facility is well underway. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed in 2019 and is estimated to provide 1,000,000 person hours of work. At the height of construction, over 540 people will be working on-site.
In November 2016, Irving Consumer Products announced the purchase of a new ThruAir Dry machine, which will be installed at the new facility in Macon.