Another global company is betting on the growth of the Southeast — and Georgia’s ports in particular — for its future success.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday announced that Safavieh, a manufacturer and distributor of international home furnishings, will significantly grow its presence in Chatham County, creating 200 new jobs and investing more than $60 million in a new 1.1 million square foot distribution facility.
“Georgia’s robust infrastructure network is among the best in the country and continues to cultivate an economic environment ideal for manufacturing and distribution companies like Safavieh,” said Deal.
“By choosing Chatham County, Safavieh will have access to the Port of Savannah and a skilled workforce ready to serve its broad customer base quickly and efficiently. We are pleased to see this significant investment in the Savannah area and look forward to Safavieh’s continued growth in Georgia.”
The new facility will be located in Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah River International Trade Park, less than five miles from GPA’s Garden City Terminal. New jobs will include positions in operations.
Darius Yaraghi, principal of Safavieh, said the new building will triple the company’s Savannah warehouse capacity by the end of 2018 and will be customized for rugs and furniture.
“We are pleased that the State of Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority continue to invest in infrastructure that enables our expansion and allows us to create even more quality jobs in the region,” Yaraghi said.
“Safavieh will continue to increase our facilities across the U.S. to provide better and faster service to the customer.”
Headquartered in New York City, the 103-year-old international home furnishings company has conducted business in the Savannah area since 2012 and cited the Port of Savannah as a key factor in choosing to expand Southeastern operations.
Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said the port is excited to welcome Safavieh’s significant new expansion in the Savannah market.
”Private sector commitments such as this show confidence in Savannah’s continued success as a cargo hub for the U.S. Southeast,” he said.
Trip Tollison, president and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, agreed.
“In 2015, Safavieh announced Savannah as its location for a facility that would create 100 jobs and $28 million in investment and their announcement today of an additional 200 jobs in the next three years and $60 million in capital investment is a true testament to the growth that businesses in Savannah are experiencing,” Tollison said.
“Along with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Ports, we look forward to continuing to partner and support them as they grow in Savannah.”
Brittany Holtzclaw, director of logistics, energy, agribusiness and food for the state economic development department, worked in collaboration with SEDA and Georgia Power to bring the deal to fruition.
“Savannah has become a hotbed for industry leaders like Safavieh to find a home, and this is another great win for the region,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson.
“Georgia is the ideal location for companies who need to have premium global access. I’m looking forward to the success that Safavieh will find in our state.”
In the past 30 years, Safavieh grew from an artisan family business to a high-tech corporation with sophisticated manufacturing and distribution operations. The company expanded from a showroom on Madison Avenue in New York to become an international player with 2 million square feet of warehouse space and manufacturing facilities on three continents. Safavieh drop ships thousands of packages each day to end-use customers on behalf of retailers in all 50 states, plus Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.