Category Archives: Newton

Deal: Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. to Create 100 Jobs in Newton County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. (NAMI), a leading manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly brake pads, will create 100 jobs and invest $72 million in an expansion of its Covington facility. New jobs at the facility will include positions in production and administration.

“Georgia provides the business climate, skilled workforce and thriving automotive sector necessary for manufacturers like NAMI to enjoy long-term growth,” said Deal. “With this facility expansion in Newton County, NAMI will continue to benefit from close proximity to top vehicle manufacturers while also reaching customers across the nation and around the world with Georgia’s logistics infrastructure. I am encouraged to see our international economic missions once again delivering tangible results, as NAMI’s commitment directly reflects the strength of Georgia’s manufacturing environment for global industry leaders. We appreciate NAMI’s investment over the last 20 years and look forward to the future growth of this partnership.”

NAMI has maintained a presence in Newton County for more than two decades. Along with NAMI’s business development center in Sterling Heights, Michigan, NAMI’s facility in Newton County produces high-quality friction materials for automotive manufacturers and develops environmentally friendly, copper-free brake pads.

“NAMI is honored to make this announcement together with the Governor’s Office and the Newton County Industrial Development Authority,” said NAMI CEO Shigeru Matsuki. “We have been very proud to call Covington our home for the last 20 years, and this additional investment demonstrates our commitment to the local community and to the Great State of Georgia. Newton County and the State of Georgia are wonderful places to do business. We hope to grow here with the people of Covington for the next 20 years and beyond.”

“Nisshinbo has been an indispensable partner in Covington for 20 years,” said Select Newton Vice President of Economic Development David Bernd. “Seeing more than $70 million in Foreign Direct Investment for 100 well-paying advanced manufacturing careers is incredible. Congrats to the Nisshinbo team, State of Georgia and the greater Covington region for going out and winning this project.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager for International Investment Joseph Huntemann represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Select Newton.

Japanese-affiliated companies currently operate more than 500 facilities in Georgia that employ approximately 30,000 Georgians.

“We had the opportunity to meet with NAMI leadership last year in Japan, and we are very excited to see this incredible company expand in Newton County,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “NAMI’s success in Georgia is a combination of our strong international relationships and pro-business environment. We look forward to their continued success.”

Kemp Orders Recount in State Senate District 43 Race

ATLANTA, GA – Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp ordered a recount of all ballots cast in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties in the July 26 Democratic primary run-off election for state Senate District 43. Dorothea “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler requested a recount this morning after losing by ten votes to Tonya Anderson.

“In Georgia, a losing candidate can request a recount if it is submitted in writing to the office’s Elections Division within two business days after certifying election results, which occurred on August 5,” stated Secretary Kemp. “To request such a recount, the difference in ballots cast for the top two vote-getters cannot be more than 1%.”

There were 8,542 total ballots cast in the SD 43 Democratic run-off race. Anderson received 50.06% with 4,276 votes compared to Dawkin-Haigler’s 4,266 votes.

County elections officials will conduct the recount between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Individuals can find certified results for the July 26 run-off races through the Elections Division’s website.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, visit our website at Follow Secretary Kemp for agency news on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Free, Fun Event Open to Public: 20th Annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at Charlie Elliott

J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Come get “wild” at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 20th annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia.  This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 7, 2016.

Free admission includes an array of activities that focus on Georgia wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreational opportunities.  Kids can try archery, fishing, shooting sports, fly-casting, tree climbing and can go on a mini-boat ride led by Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ conservation rangers. Live animal presentations, face painting, solar viewing with the Charlie Elliott Astronomy club, and exhibitors displaying wildlife-themed booths add to the festivities.

The first 500 kids receive a free hot dog lunch (adults can eat for a nominal fee), thanks to sponsors of the event, the Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Before you leave the Charlie Elliott property, be sure to stop by the Visitors’ Center to tour the museum and take advantage of special sales in the gift shop.

To get to CEWC, take I-20 to Exit 98. Travel south on Highway 11, go through Mansfield and continue three miles south to the entrance at Marben Farm Road on the left.  Then follow the signs to the Discovery Area.  This event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit, or call 770-784-3059.