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VDL Groep establishes new company in the east of the United States
Een delegatie van de Amerikaanse staat Georgia heeft woensdag een bezoek gebracht aan VDL in Eindhoven. Vlnr: Nico Wijnberg (Georgia), Abby Turano (Georgia), Tom Croteau (Georgia), Mary Waters (Georgia), Neil Bitting (Georgia), Ulrike Schauerte (Georgia), Miel Timmers (VDL), Sergio Domingues (Georgia), Rick van Haren (VDL), Michiel Pieters (VDL), Christopher Nunn (Georgia), Bert Brantley (Georgia), Pat Wilson (Georgia), Simon Bambach (VDL) en Geert Jakobs (VDL).

VDL Groep establishes new company in the east of the United States

13 June 2018

VDL Groep has founded a new production firm in the US state of Georgia. VDL Industries Gainesville is based in Hall County. This district is close to Atlanta, the major industrial, trade and financial hub of the Southeastern United States. VDL Industries Gainesville will become operational in September 2018, eventually providing jobs to around 100 employees.

Adding to its sites in Richmond (Virginia), Detroit (Michigan), Spartanburg (South Carolina) and two other companies in Fremont (California), this new site represents VDL's sixth business in the US. The two key markets VDL has historically targeted in the US are high-tech mechanical engineering and automotive. With VDL Industries Gainesville, the Eindhoven-based industrial family firm is launching its own production site in the US.

Specialist

Local production is the foundation for the further expansion of VDL's activities in North America. VDL Industries Gainesville is a specialist in metal and metal sheet processing, robotic welding and assembly for customers based in the US and those venturing over there. This new VDL business, spanning an area of 13,500 square metres, will offer VDL customers a supply chain in the US. This will enhance customer relationships and in turn further
support employment at VDL companies back in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Once production launches, VDL Industries Gainesville shall engage in the following activities, among others: production and assembly of production line parts in different industries, charging stations for electric cars, street furniture, chassis for haulage vehicles, units for rail infrastructure and parts for sorting centres. All products produced in Gainesville will be destined for the US market. The order backlog of the new company is already very healthy.

Supply chain

“Georgia provides a favourable geographical base for VDL Groep, as there is a lot of potential for us to take care of customer supply chains here”, says VDL Groep Chairman, Willem van der Leegte.

An economic delegation from Georgia today visited VDL Groep in Eindhoven. “VDL Groep’s decision to locate in Hall County speaks to Georgia’s ability to attract dynamic manufacturing companies from around the world with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce”, says Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “With this manufacturing facility, VDL Groep will join a number of Dutch companies that operate more than 100 facilities in our state and employ more than 7,500 Georgians. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with VDL Groep and seeing the company continue to grow here in Georgia.”

Rick van Haren has been appointed Director of VDL Industries Gainesville. For the past 12.5 years, Van Haren held the role of Director of VDL Kunststoffen, which recently re-located from Heeze to Nederweert in the Netherlands. "I feel honoured to be contributing towards rolling out the VDL brand further in the US and to be creating job opportunities in Georgia."

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