ATLANTA — A materials handling equipment company is expected to formally announce its move from Fulton County to Clayton County to facilitate an expansion of its Atlanta-area operations today, county officials have announced.
Briggs Equipment will unveil its new facility at 4695 Aviation Parkway in Atlanta today. County and company officials said Briggs is tripling its footprint in the area by buying the more than 120,000-square-foot facility, which will house sales and operations for the company.
“We are committed to the Atlanta market, and our expansion plans into Clayton County will provide a strategic platform to allow us to successfully grow where our clients can easily access our team,” Briggs regional Vice-President Darrell Williams said in a statement.
The announcement, which will be made during an 8 a.m. press conference at the new facility, is big economic development news for Clayton County. The company is moving more than 100 jobs, many of which will be newly created positions, to the county.
The move puts the company just inside the county limits, in the shadow of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The company’s previous Atlanta location was at 4780 Mendel Court, near Fulton Industrial Boulevard, according to information provided by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce.
Briggs sells and rents equipment used to move various types of materials. The county, in a statement, said Briggs also offers “cutting-edge fleet maintenance strategies that can help reduce operating costs for customers.”
The new facility, which was previously home to FedEx, is one of only two actually owned by Briggs and is their second largest facility in the country, behind one in Houston, according to information provided by the Clayton County Economic Development Office.
“As a global leader in materials handling, it is fitting that Briggs chose a strategic airport location in Clayton County,” economic development Director Grant Wainscott said in a statement. “This further solidifies the recent move towards massive new investment that’s taking place around the world’s busiest airport.”
The 117-year-old Dallas, Texas-based company has had operations in Atlanta since 1998, according to information provided by the Chamber of Commerce. The operations expected to take place at the new facility include equipment and parts sales, service and rentals, according to county officials.