Plant Manager Alan Guyatt said that when the doors opened in 2001 he had 70 employees. Today, the workforce has grown to 420 and the expansion will mean a $31 million capital investment and a total of 100 new jobs. Approximately half of the 100 have already been brought on board with the remainder expected to be hired on by the end of the year.
"We're excited to announce our expansion in Rome and Floyd County," said company spokesperson Darcy Duvall. "Rome and Floyd County's skilled workforce continues to provide the employees that we need to be the most productive."
The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority approved a bond-financing package for the expansion during a meeting this morning.
The expansion includes the addition of a new press. F&P makes parts for the Honda Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles as well as the Nissan Quest.
"These 100 new jobs create paying customers to do business with our local small businesses. F&P is an excellent corporate citizen and I am excited that they have chosen to expand again in our community," said Chamber Chairman Angie Lewis, president and CEO of Citizens First Bank.
Products manufactured in Rome include sub frames, a major support component which houses the engine and front suspension system, to suspension components, a variety of pedals and other miscellaneous stamped items.
Last December, F&P took over the Vend Services building, 31 Industrial Boulevard in the Floyd County Industrial Park, utilizing approximately two-thirds of the space for storage and the remainder for manufacturing operations.
F&P Georgia has more than recovered fully from a brief slowdown in of 2011 following the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan, which caused a slowdown in the supply chain for Honda.