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Manufacturer expanding in Gainesville with new facility
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A Gainesville manufacturer that has outgrown its current site plans to develop a new headquarters, engineering, sales and production center.

Rotating Engineered Products Inc. at 2405 Murphy Blvd. has plans for a 40,000-square-foot production facility on 10 acres in Gainesville Industrial Park West, 2419 West Park Drive, off Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway.

"Our business success in Gainesville-Hall County is an attribute to our employees and our customers, but our ability to keep growing here is a credit to the partnership" with area government and business leaders, said Jim Hene, REP president and founder, in a press release issued this morning.

REP is a distributor and service provider for positive displacement blowers, vacuum pumps and related equipment for industrial applications.

The new location will provide REP the opportunity to meet current and future growth needs, officials said.

The company plans to add five jobs and invest more than $2.5 million in land, building and equipment. Construction is expected to begin in April and finish by October.

"Existing businesses like REP provide quality jobs, and their corporate revenue is spent over and over in our community," Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan said.

"Those are dollars that turn up again at other local businesses and support more job creation. I’m excited REP officials are renewing their commitment to Gainesville and Hall County with this new investment."

Richard Mecum, chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners, said, "This community has proven a real commitment to its existing businesses and to supporting their continued growth. REP contributes jobs, investment and civic engagement in Hall County."

As part of the expansion, Gainesville will improve the access road that serves the Chicopee Mill property and the new REP location.

"This is a win-win for the community, REP and the existing businesses in the Chicopee Mill Park," said Tim Evans, the chamber’s vice president of economic development.

The industrial park site "needed an access improvement for industry use," and area officials "worked together on a solution to benefit several existing industries," Evans said.

Philip Wilheit, development authority chairman, said that REP "has an exceptional record of corporate citizenship for over 20 years in Hall County, and it was important that we find a solution and a site that would allow the company to continue its record of growth and community support."