Israeli-based innoBots, a manufacturer of robotics technology used to find explosive weapons for the military and law enforcement, plans to locate its U.S. headquarters in Hall County.
The company could decide on a site in a couple of weeks, said Carmi Peleg, innoBots CEO.
An innoBots team chose Georgia for many reasons, “primarily the support we received from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with access to world-class academic institutions, and technical and skilled labor force.”
Speaking by phone Tuesday morning, Peleg said the company was seeking to locate away from heavily populated areas, and that’s why it has chosen Hall.
“We’re looking for a quiet place — that’s important to us — and not too crowded,” he said.
The company plans to hire at least 50 employees over the next two years at its site, which needs to be 10,000 square feet in size.
Peleg said he has been in Georgia for about 10 days and plans to visit Hall on Saturday.
He said he was looking forward to the move.
“We want to be part of the community.”
The company’s robots are used to search out homemade explosives, such as the roadside bombs that have killed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, the company said.
“InnoBots is about saving lives,” Peleg said in a news release. “We want to bring our soldiers back home to their families. Each one of us on the innoBots team is committed to doing just that.”
The company, which operates offices in Israel and China, makes seven such robots, its flagship device the 70-pound, 2-feet-high innoCarrier equipped with a camera and able to carry 300 pounds of gear and personnel at speeds up to 10 mph over all terrains.
The innoBots fleet also includes smaller, unmanned devices the company refers to as “gear-ready.” Gear-ready innoMicro, innoMedio and innoFly are “versatile, compact mobilerobots that easily fit inside a pocket or backpack,” states the news release.
“They are designed for a single operator to quickly gather data — intelligence in the field, surveillance and reconnaissance — (that is) ideal in law enforcement (and for) first responders and border patrol applications.”
Peleg said the company has worked hard to find a U.S. base and is “excited to produce our unmanned systems on American soil to help fight the war on terror,” Peleg said.
“We are thrilled to call Georgia our home.”
When asked about innoBots’ plans, Tim Evans, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for economic development, said, “We can’t comment on, confirm or deny any active projects.”