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Auto Manufacturing Projects & Injuries

Auto Manufacturing Projects and Injuries in Georgia

Georgia's auto manufacturing industry is a driving force behind the state's economic success. From assembly plants to parts suppliers, it creates a ripple effect, generating billions of dollars and employing countless Georgians. This thriving industry offers a variety of rewarding careers, but working in auto manufacturing also comes with inherent risks.

Here at The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, we understand the importance of workplace safety in these facilities. Injuries on the assembly line or working with heavy machinery can be severe and life-altering. That's why we're dedicated to supporting injured auto workers in Georgia.

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Auto Manufacturing and Supply Projects in Georgia

There are always several automotive manufacturing and supply projects happening throughout Georgia. The following are a few of the most important auto manufacturing and supply projects currently taking place in the state.

Richmond County (Augusta)

E-Mobility Manufacturing

On May 3, 2024, Governor Brian Kemp announced via press release that GF Casting Solutions AG, a Swiss manufacturer of lightweight components for the transportation and energy sectors, plans to invest over $184 million in a new manufacturing plant in Augusta, Georgia. This project is expected to generate 350 new jobs in Richmond County.

GF Casting Solutions is investing heavily in its future with this brand-new, technologically advanced high-pressure die-casting facility. This LEED-certified building will be a part of the Augusta Corporate Park, a designated Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site. Once operational in 2027, the factory will focus on producing cast aluminum parts, specifically large structural components for the automotive industry. This is a long-term investment for GF Casting Solutions, and the new facility will solidify its position as a global leader in the e-mobility market.

StandardAero Expansion

On April 30, 2024, Governor Kemp announced a significant development for Georgia's aerospace industry. StandardAero, a leading company in servicing business aircraft, is investing $33 million to expand its Augusta operations. This expansion is expected to create 90 new jobs in Richmond County.

The upgrades will more than double the size of StandardAero’s existing facility, addressing the limitations of the 1970s-era building, which was designed for smaller aircraft. This expansion will allow StandardAero to service a wider range of super mid-size and large cabin jets, with dedicated areas for both airframe and avionics work. Additionally, a significantly expanded engine shop will ensure they can properly maintain the complex engines powering these larger planes.

Newton County (Covington)

Rivian Automotive Plant

On March 1, 2024, a special event named Rivian Day was held at the State Capitol in Georgia. The event was led by Governor Brian P. Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, and Rivian's CEO RJ Scaringe, as well as other local and legislative leaders. The event included a luncheon where the General Assembly members got a chance to interact with Rivian's executives and learn more about their future plans in Georgia. In honor of this day, Governor Kemp declared March 1 as Rivian Day in the state.

Rivian’s plans include building a new $5 billion manufacturing facility in Georgia. The facility, which will be built on a large piece of land east of Atlanta, is expected to create 7,500 jobs and produce up to 400,000 electric vehicles every year.

Bryan County (Savannah)

Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution Investment

In August 2023, Governor Kemp announced that LG Energy Solution and Hyundai Motor Group agreed to invest an extra $2 billion in their battery cell manufacturing facility in Bryan County. Investing in the facility will create 400 new jobs and raise Hyundai and LG’s total investment to over $4.3 billion.

Candler County (Statesboro)

Second Automotive Supplier

On February 6, 2024, Governor Brian Kemp announced a $30+ million investment from Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. The auto parts manufacturer will build a new facility in Metter, creating 200 jobs in Candler County. This Korean company, established in 1974, crafts automotive climate control systems and will be a crucial supplier for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Hyundai Motor Group. They're hiring for roles including injection molding technicians, assembly operators, quality and material specialists, engineers, and managers.

Coweta County (Newnan)

Hyundai-Kia Supplier Manufacturing Facility

On November 1, 2023, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Hyundai Industrial, a car parts maker, will invest $24 million in a new manufacturing facility in Coweta County near Newnan, Georgia. The facility will create 100 new jobs and produce armrests and headrests for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as Hyundai Motor Group. Hyundai Industrial will retrofit an existing building on Amlajack Way to house the new facility. Once the facility is retrofitted, Hyundai Industrial will focus on hiring employees to fill manufacturing production roles.

The Crucial Role of Workplace Safety in Georgia's Auto Industry

Georgia's auto manufacturing industry is a major economic driver, but its success hinges on a fundamental principle: workplace safety. Prioritizing a safe work environment protects employees, fosters productivity, and ensures the industry's continued growth.

Why Workplace Safety Matters in Auto Manufacturing

Auto manufacturing involves complex machinery, heavy equipment, and potentially hazardous materials. Safety protocols are essential to prevent accidents and injuries that can have lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences for workers. A safe work environment also reduces downtime and production delays, leading to a more efficient and profitable industry.

Common Injuries in Auto Manufacturing

Despite safety measures, some injuries are more frequent in auto manufacturing. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Repetitive motions, lifting heavy parts, and awkward postures can lead to back pain, neck strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: Uneven surfaces, spilled materials, and cluttered work areas can cause falls, resulting in broken bones, sprains, and head injuries.
  • Exposure Hazards: Workers may be exposed to chemicals, fumes, and loud noise, leading to respiratory problems, hearing loss, and skin irritation.
  • Machine-Related Injuries: Improper use or malfunctioning equipment can cause cuts, crushed limbs, and amputations.

Support for Injured Auto Workers in Georgia

If an auto worker is injured on the job, Georgia offers a robust support system. Georgia’s support system includes:

  • Workers' Compensation: This insurance program provides injured workers with medical benefits, wage replacement, and rehabilitation services to help them recover and return to work.
  • Medical and Rehabilitation Services: Workers' compensation covers necessary medical treatment, including surgery, physical therapy, and medication. Rehabilitation services can help workers regain lost skills and abilities.
  • Legal Assistance: Injured workers have the right to legal representation to ensure they receive the full benefits they deserve under workers' compensation laws.
  • Rights of Injured Workers: Georgia law protects workers' right to report injuries without fear of retaliation and to file a workers' compensation claim.

State and Local Resources for Injured Workers

Several Georgia agencies provide crucial support for injured workers. They include:

  • Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation: (Provides information and oversees workers' compensation claims.)
  • Georgia Department of Labor: (Offers resources on workplace safety and workers' rights.)

By prioritizing safety, fostering a culture of accident prevention, and ensuring access to support services, Georgia's auto manufacturing industry can create a win-win situation for employers and employees. A safe work environment benefits everyone.

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Are you facing financial hardship due to a work injury you sustained while working in an auto manufacturing or supply facility in Georgia? The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC can help. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced workplace injury attorney to gain a better understanding of your workers' compensation options.

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