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Deal: German Company to Create 100 Jobs in Banks County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that SELIT North America, a German manufacturer of polystyrene foams, will create 100 jobs and invest $45 million in a new manufacturing facility in Banks County. New jobs will include manufacturing and administrative positions.

“In choosing Georgia, SELIT North America will enjoy the benefits of the No. 1 state for business, including our logistics infrastructure and a climate conducive to manufacturing,” said Deal. “This facility in Banks County will provide the company with access to a robust workforce and close proximity to the Southeastern market for ideal production conditions and shorter delivery times. I am encouraged to see yet another leading European company locate here, as our efforts to build international relationships continue to translate into real investments. I welcome SELIT North America to Georgia’s growing community of manufacturing companies and wish them great success.”

Based in Germany, SELIT Europe was founded in 1948 and has become Europe’s leader in the production of underlayment foam solutions for floating flooring. Its U.S. affiliate, SELIT North America, is family-owned and holds the largest market share in its North American niche market.

“We are looking forward to being located even closer to our longstanding customers in the South,” said Marco Seitner, shareholder of Selit NA. “Our product pipeline is full with innovative ideas to add value to the do-it-yourself sector and the flooring industry to the benefit of craft businesses as well as home repairers throughout North America.”

“Georgia, and particularly Banks County, have emerged as our preferred location and partners due to their highly professional approach towards economic development,” said Rouven Seitner, shareholder of SELIT NA. “The strong cultural fit between the Georgian ‘way of doing business’ and our family company with German roots makes us the perfect match.”

Georgia has had continuous representation in Europe since 1973. German-affiliated companies employ more than 22,100 Georgians across the state.

“We are proud to welcome family-owned SELIT North America, Inc. to Banks County, Georgia,” said Banks County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Hooper. “Their dedication to quality job creation and investment has us looking forward to a prosperous partnership with our community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Development Authority of Banks County and Electric Cities of Georgia.

“I applaud SELIT for their decision to locate in Banks County, creating meaningful jobs for the community,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia is already home to at least 556 German facilities, of which approximately 191 are manufacturing locations. I am confident they will find success here.”

“The Development Authority of Banks County would like to extend our many thanks to all the partners who have had a hand in recruiting this new project to our community,” said Hannah Mullins, executive director of the Development Authority of Banks County. “We are optimistic about the positive impact SELIT North America will have, not only on Banks County, but on the Northeast Georgia Region as a whole.”

About SELIT North America

SELIT North America, founded in 2010, specializes in the development, production and sales of high-quality polystyrene foams for acoustic and thermal insulation of floating flooring solutions like laminate, parquet and vinyl floors. The company’s product portfolio is tailored towards the needs of do-it-yourself (DIY) end customers and America’s top-tier flooring manufacturers.

Deal: Diana Food to invest $50 million in Banks County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Diana Food, a global provider of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry, will create more than 80 new jobs and invest $50 million in a food processing, manufacturing and research and development facility in Banks County.

“Diana Food’s decision to establish a presence in Banks County is a testament to Georgia’s top-ranked business climate,” said Deal. “Georgia offers the transportation network required for growing companies and a workforce second to none. I am confident this strategic Banks County location will provide significant benefits for Diana Food as the company continues its growth in the southeast.”

Diana Food manufactures a wide range of clean ingredients with a guarantee of product quality, traceability and food safety. The company has more than 1,000 employees, nine production plants, 11 sales offices and seven research and development facilities. Diana Food is part of the Symrise Group, a manufacturer of food ingredients, flavoring and fragrances.

“Banks County, Georgia is the best partner for our new manufacturing Plant and Research and Development facility in North America,” said Yannick Riou, president of Diana Food. “Setting up a new facility in the US is a key milestone in our company development allowing us to stay always closer to our customers, access to a high quality of local and sustainable sourcing while committing in a long term perspective to the regional economy.”

The approximately 90,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Banks Crossing Business Park and will consist of office, manufacturing and warehouse space on nearly 40 acres. The facility will be predominantly dedicated to meat processing.

“We’ve been competing for Diana Food against more than 25 communities in the U.S. for a year and a half,” said Scott Ledford, Development Authority of Banks County chairman. “Diana Food brings high paying jobs for our people.”

“While we’ve hit some singles and doubles in economic development, this is Banks County’s first grand slam ever,” said Banks County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Hooper. “Creating jobs has become an expected duty of local government. We know that Diana Food is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship as it becomes a major employer in the community.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Joshua Stephens represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Development Authority of Banks County, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.

“This is a huge win for Banks County and an incredible example of the important role Georgia’s existing manufacturing industry plays in attracting new businesses to our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Thanks to the collective efforts of all involved, this new facility will have long-term benefits for Banks County, Northeast Georgia as well as the state’s agribusiness economy.”

About Diana Food

Diana Food offers consumers innovative, natural-based solutions for the food and beverage industry. From an extended range of carefully selected fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood raw materials, Diana Food provides nutritional claims and standardized active ingredients while creating a real sensory experience and ensuring clean label and sustainable products. Relying on experience, knowledge and expertise in agronomy and industrial processes, the company guarantees the food safety and traceability of its products. Diana Food relies on 1,300 people, 11 industrial sites and 13 sales offices in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.

About Symrise

Symrise is a leading global provider of fragrances, flavors and active ingredients as well as aroma chemicals for the perfume, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries. Within the Symrise Group, Diana operates as a division delivering natural-ingredient based solutions for food, pet food, dietary supplements and aquaculture markets.



Jefferson, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the speed limit on State Route 15/US 441 in Jackson and Banks Counties is now 65 miles per hour where it was 55 miles per hour.

“After an engineering study on the corridor, data supports the change as most drivers are driving at 65 mph or faster. Keeping traffic flowing at a consistent speed will increase safety along the corridor. We looked specifically at crash data and the roadway characteristics – the grade of hills, valleys and severity of curves. This section of SR 15 meets the requirements for raising the speed limit where it is now 55 miles per hour,” explained Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT District Engineer.

The change affects a 25 mile long section of the SR 15/US 441 in Banks and Jackson Counties where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour. The speed limit will not change in areas where it is lower than 55 miles per hour.