Business Expansion Coming to NE Ga.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Michigan company is moving its operations to northeast Georgia.

Recently, Field Service Engineering, or FSE, announced that it is moving its corporate headquarters from Oakland County, Michigan to HartCounty in the GatewayIndustrial   Park near Interstate 85.

Field Service Engineering also plans to invest $5 million in expanding its operations in Hart County.

Plans are to build a new 150,000 square foot facility in the Gateway Industrial Park off of I-85.

The company is adding 50 more positions to its current 30-person workforce in Hart County, which will bring its total number of employees to 80 when it reaches full operation in 2015.

Hart County Industrial Building Authority President Doug Cleveland said the news of a new industry is a step in the right economic direction.

“We’re extremely pleased with the announcement,” Hart County Industrial Building Authority President Doug Cleveland said Thursday. “It just adds to the existing companies we have up there and we will continue to work to grow that area.”

He went on to say that the move will also hopefully help the region’s unemployment numbers.

Hart County Industrial Building Authority Director Dwayne Dye agrees.

He said adding another industry so close to the Interstate is a benefit to the entire area.

“It’s going to be great not only for Hart County, but for the entire region,” Dye said. “You’ve got people working up there from all over, Hart, Stephens, and Franklin counties, as well as the Upstate.”

Field Service Engineering provides services such as product containment and inspection and evaluation of plant quality and maintenance systems, among others.

FSE said it will further expand its quality assurance services to the region’s automotive industry.  It also supports non-automotive manufacturers, as well as companies in the logistics and medical fields.