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Blickle moving headquarters to Coweta | Local News | times-herald … – Newnan Times-Herald

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An artist’s rendering of the Blickle U.S.A. headquarters in the Coweta Industrial Park, slated for completion by November of 2017, courtesy of Blickle U.S.A.

An artist’s rendering of the Blickle U.S.A. headquarters in the Coweta Industrial Park, slated for completion by November of 2017, courtesy of Blickle U.S.A.
Blickle U.S.A., which manufactures and distributes wheels and casters, has announced plans to locate its U.S. headquarters in Coweta County.

The company will employ manufacturing, engineering, laboratory, operations, customer service, marketing and sales personnel at the new facility, which will be located in the Coweta Industrial Park in Newnan. Phase one, covering an area of 55,000 square feet, is estimated to be completed in Nov. 2017. The site has room for further expansion of the facility to an area of more than 200,000 square feet, in order to accommodate expected growth.
In making the announcement, Scott Chahalis, president of Blickle U.S.A. and long-time Coweta resident, said, “Blickle is recognized as the preeminent global caster and wheel manufacturer. We are delighted to have chosen Newnan and Coweta County as the headquarters of Blickle U.S.A. and highly appreciate the substantial support we received from Coweta County and the state of Georgia.”
At the moment, Blickle U.S.A. is leasing a distribution center in Newnan to store a wide range of wheels and casters. These include the newly developed American Standard casters which qualify for Blickle’s 24-hour QuickShipProgram.
Chahalis was the prior president of Colson, a manufacturer of chair casters, light-, medium-, and heavy-duty casters and wheels, which ran Albion Industries in Newnan. Albion closed its Newnan location earlier this year during a company consolidation.
Chahalis said Coweta was the ideal place to move the headquarters from Charlotte, N.C. and some prior Albion employees work at the current distribution center.
“There are great people here and they’re really experienced,” Chahalis said. “I have confidence and believe in this community.”
Chahalis also said the new German Apprenticeship program appealed to him when making the decision.
“We need good, technical machinists and welders and forklift drivers,” he added. “Just another reason to locate in Coweta.”
Reinhold Blickle, president and CEO of Blickle, said in a press release, “We are glad to have chosen Newnan/Coweta County to locate our new Blickle U.S. headquarters, for it offers many favorable aspects to us. The new building and all the investments we are making are part of our long-term strategy for the U.S. market and will considerably increase our service level and capacity to serve our rapidly growing customer base.”
“We are pleased to welcome Blickle to our community,” Terry Daviston, chairman of the Coweta County Development Authority, said in a press release. “The Blickle name is recognized around the world as an industry leader in wheels and casters, and we look forward to continuing to work with the company as they grow and prosper here in Coweta County.”
Blickle is a family owned business, headquartered in Rosenfeld, Germany. The company was founded in 1953 by Heinrich Blickle. After Blickle’s death in 1961, his wife Elisabeth took over as managing director. Today, Blickle’s son, Reinhold, runs the company as executive partner, along with his wife, Denise Blickle, and Walter Wager.
The Blickle Group currently employs more than 800 staff members worldwide. More than 550 employees are based at its headquarters in Germany, a highly automated manufacturing facility, extending more than 800,000 square feet. Blickle maintains 16 international sales subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America, and numerous factory-trained distributors around the globe, exporting its wheels and casters to more than 120 countries.
Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority, worked with E. Jane Caraway and Maggie Laton from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and with Odessa Archibald from Georgia Power to assist with the project.
An artist’s rendering of the Blickle U.S.A. headquarters in the Coweta Industrial Park, slated for completion by November of 2017, courtesy of Blickle U.S.A.
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