Advanced Manufacturing

A Powerful Place for Manufacturing

Why Macon for Advanced Manufacturing?

Macon has the location, infrastructure, and skilled workforce to emerge as the global leader in advanced manufacturing. Macon offers a low-cost, pro-business environment and a highly skilled, educated and capable workforce.

From automotive and aerospace to plastics and metal fabrication plants, advanced manufacturing covers a wide range of sectors. Our location in the heart of Georgia has enabled Macon to become a major hub in the Southeast for advance manufacturing.

Macon's Advantages

  • Strategic location at the heart of Georgia at intersections of I-75, I-475, I-16
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad’s largest switching yard in the Southeast Georgia Central railroad
  • Quick Start, #1 Training Program in the Country
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport within 1 ½ hours
  • Middle GA Regional Airport
  • Central Georgia Technical College – Certified Manufacturing Specialist Program
  • 100% Freeport Exemption on all three classes of merchandise
  • Available skilled workforce with more than 433,000 within 45 minutes


Deep water ports within five hours


Commercial markets within 2-day shipping


Interstate exits


Miles of rail throughout Georgia



Freudenberg has invested $25 million into its existing Macon-Bibb County facility. The company is a global technology group that strengthens its customers and society long-term through forward-looking innovations. Together with their partners, customers and the world of science, they develop leading-edge technologies, and excellent products, solutions and services for 40 market segments.

Georgia’s workforce training programs are world-class

Having a trained and efficient workforce is paramount in maintaining a competitive position in the marketplace. Georgia’s extensive network of technical colleges and the state’s highly touted Quick Start program help ensure that manufacturing operations have the level of workers needed to be successful.

Georgia Quick Start: Georgia’s internationally recognized skills-based training program that provides job-specific training at no cost for qualified new and expanding companies. Industries in Macon can rely on Quick Start’s broad experience in manufacturing technologies.

Macon is known for its high-quality affordable workforce. Wage rates in the state typically fall below the national average, particularly in manufacturing occupations.

Georgia was ranked number 1 in the U.S. for “Workforce Development Programs” for the 8th year in a row by Area Development Magazine in 2021.


Workers in Industry Relevant Jobs
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