A large chemical manufacturer plans to nearly triple its footprint in Forsyth County.
Local economic officials announced Wednesday that Arch Chemicals Inc. is expanding its operations by adding a 60,000-square-foot facility next to its existing plant on Bluegrass Lakes Parkway.
The Connecticut-based company is consolidating its U.S. operations, bringing some 80 jobs and an $8 million capital investment to Forsyth County, officials said.
Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said the expansion has been in the works since February.
“This is a high volume investment with high wage jobs in one of the industries that we’re really looking to target and help grow within our community,” he said.
“We have a skilled labor force and that’s one of the key things that attracts industries to our community. The other thing is we have direct access to major transportation corridors.”
One of the leading manufacturers of spa and pool treatment chemicals, among other products, Arch Chemicals currently has a 35,000-square-foot facility at the site in south Forsyth.
The company specializes in developing products to break down the microorganisms that grow on wood and in water.
The expansion will house the company’s research and development operations, which are being shifted from offices in Connecticut and Delaware.
Toussaint said Forsyth’s business community is “quickly emerging as a hub for innovative industries that focus on technology.”
Arch Chemicals, he said, is reciprocating the warm reception.
“They’re interested in being good corporate citizens and they’re looking at becoming an active member of the community,” he said. “In doing so, they’re working on bringing high quality jobs to our area.”