HIGH POINT – Hooker Furniture division Home Meridian International is opening a new distribution facility in Liberty County, Ga., a move that the governor’s office said represents a $23.5 million investment and will bring 50 new jobs to the region.
The 800,000-square-foot facility will be located in a business park called Tradeport East Business Center, less than a mile from Interstate 95 and U.S. 84 and three miles from U.S. 17. It also is about 30 minutes from the Port of Savannah.
Officials said the proximity to the Savannah port played a major role in the project, as the company expects to import more than 8,000 container units a year.
“We’re excited to welcome this well-known, internationally respected brand to the Peach State,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a recent announcement about the facility. “With our world-class ports, skilled workforce and strong community support, I’m confident HMI will find success in establishing its new distribution center in Liberty County. I look forward to seeing the new opportunities this facility will create for hardworking Georgians in the region.”
HMI includes several well-known brands including Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Prime Resources International as well as Accentrics Home and HMIdea.
In a statement, Hooker Chairman and CEO Paul B. Toms Jr. said, “We are pleased by the opportunity to better support our customers through consolidating our HMI inventory in this state-of-the-art, high-bay, 800,000-square-foot facility located near the major Port of Savannah. As robust demand for products serviced out of our warehouses continues to increase, this will better position us to grow.
“The State of Georgia, the Liberty County Development Authority and the developer, Safavieh, have been great partners to work with. We value the workforce in this area and look forward to contributing to the local economy and being involved in the community, as we are in every community where we have a presence.”
Tradeport East Business Center is what is known as a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified park. According to the Liberty County Development Authority website, other companies with locations there include Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, Target, Tire Rack and Pactra International Co. Ltd./Hancock Tire.