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Dutch manufacturer’s move creates 110 jobs in Oakwood
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The future site of VDL Groep in Oakwood, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, which will be operational in August. According to a news release from the governor's office, the Dutch manufacturer will create 110 jobs and invest $17 million in Hall County. - photo by David Barnes

A Dutch manufacturer plans to locate in Oakwood and be operational by August.

The VDL Groep’s move will create 110 jobs and invest $17 million in Hall County, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.

The family-owned company, headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, includes four major divisions: subcontracting, car assembly, finished products, and buses and coaches. It was founded in 1953 and operates 98 companies in 20 countries, employing more than 17,000.

New jobs at its location at 5459 Aloha Way in the Oakwood South business park will include positions in engineering, manufacturing and general sales administration.

“VDL Groep sees the state of Georgia as an attractive starting point based on geography and availability of resources,” VDL Groep President and CEO Willem van der Leegte said. “We are a specialist in providing the supply chain for our customers, and we think there is a demand for our products and services in the surroundings of Georgia.”

All products produced at the Oakwood facility will be for the U.S. market, according to a news release from VDL Groep. The facility will specialize in metal and metal sheet processing, robotic welding and assembly.

Rick van Haren has been appointed director of VDL Industries Gainesville, according to the VDL Groep release. He has been director of VDL Kunststoffen in the Netherlands for more than 12 years.

VDL currently has American sites in Virginia, Michigan, South Carolina and California.

Tim Evans, vice president of economic development at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, said the new location “will benefit many existing manufacturing industries, as well as the citizens of our community.”

Evans said interior finishes on the building will be completed this summer, along with equipment installation.

Dutch companies operate more than 100 facilities in the state and employ more than 7,500 Georgians, according to Gov. Nathan Deal.

“VDL Groep’s decision to locate in Hall County speaks to Georgia’s ability to attract dynamic manufacturing companies from around the world with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce,” he said.

Sen. Johnny Isakson also said on Twitter that the state and county would benefit from the facility.

Compiled from a governor’s office and company press releases

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The future site of VDL Groep in Oakwood, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, which will be operational in August. According to a news release from the governor's office, the Dutch manufacturer will create 110 jobs and invest $17 million in Hall County. - photo by David Barnes
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