In the largest jobs announcement for the county in 2011, the world’s largest home improvement
retailer plans to build a new facility in Kennesaw, representing an investment of more than
$24 million between The Home Depot and the developer.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb County and City of Kennesaw joined The Home Depot in announcing an expansion in Kennesaw, including 700 jobs to support its online retail operations. The Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Cobb County, will build a new customer support center in Kennesaw’s Chastain Meadow commercial office park in 2012.

The Georgia-grown company operates 90 stores in the state and with 20,000 associates, The Home Depot is considered a major employer for Cobb County and the metro Atlanta region. The new customer support center in Kennesaw is expected to open with more than 400 associates and has plans to expand to 700 employees by 2015.

“Clearly, Cobb County is a special place for The Home Depot, and we’re grateful for the support we have received as we expand our presence here and contribute to the local economy through jobs and investments,” said Hal Lawton, president – E-Commerce, The Home Depot.

“The Home Depot is a great Georgia success story, and this announcement of significant job creation adds to the company’s well-established track record of creating meaningful work opportunities for Georgians,” Governor Nathan Deal said. “It is encouraging to see one of Georgia’s pioneering Fortune 500 companies take full advantage of our competitive business advantages to expand here in our state. This is great news for Georgia and the metro Atlanta region.”

"Having a corporate headquarters such as The Home Depot based in Cobb County is a significant selling point when recruiting new businesses and bringing jobs to our county,” said Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee.

"When that same company decides to expand their operations by bringing hundreds of new jobs to Cobb, well that sets the tone for Cobb's future as the best place to grow business in the Southeast."

The announcement marks a significant economic development milestone for the county and the City of Kennesaw. The Home Depot’s announcement is the latest in a string of economic development wins for Kennesaw, including CCH Small Firm Services and Novelis, Inc. “The addition of so many jobs in Kennesaw would be welcome news at any time, but especially in this difficult job market. And, we can’t underestimate the positive impact it will have on retail and food service businesses in our community,” said Mark Mathews, Mayor of Kennesaw.
Cobb County has proven to be an attractive destination for the professional and business services industry. Cobb’s Competitive EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy), a game-changing economic development initiative led by the Cobb Chamber and its community partners, has identified four core cluster economic development industry targets. One of the goals of the initiative is to build stronger programs to help existing companies to continue to grow and prosper. Since Jan.1, the Cobb Chamber has reported 26 major relocations and expansions, 3,093 new jobs and $248 million in new investments.

“The Cobb Chamber is especially proud of The Home Depot’s expansion in Kennesaw,” said Rob Garcia, chairman. “We would like to thank our statewide partners, especially Chris Cummiskey, Gretchen Corbin and Blair Lewis of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Walt Farrell of Electric Cities of Georgia, for bringing this project to Cobb County.”

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