Henry County’s Key Industries
Henry County’s four key industries
Primed for expansion in these key industries, Henry County community and industry leaders are dedicated to advancing the growth of these industries as the county enhances its standing as a corporate hub.
Henry County already has an impressive presence of advanced manufacturing companies, including Alpla and Southern States. Further, niche specific employment growth has been impressive, including adding over 200 new jobs in medical manufacturing and over 100 jobs in plastics and rubber manufacturing, over the past decade.
Henry exhibited strong growth in plastics and rubber products over the last decade, increasing almost 250 percent. Henry County has also demonstrated strong and growing employment strengths in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, which grew by 200 employees between 2001 and 2011, representing a 1,177 percent increase.
The availability of water resources underpins the potential for additional manufacturing activity. Henry County enjoys a water surplus, with current capacity projected to support at least thirty years of growth in the county. Additional assets include availability of fully-served industrial sites and buildings and access to local and global markets through transportation networks that connect Henry County directly to Metro Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, and the Port of Savannah.
Health Care Services includes hospitals, clinics, wellness centers, and medical laboratories. Beyond medical care and diagnosis, Health Care Services encompasses the “business side of health services,” as it involves the application of health innovation to the marketplace.
Between 2001 and 2011, employment in Health Care Services in Henry County almost doubled (98.9 percent growth), adding over 2,000 jobs to the local economy. During the same period the national sector expanded by 28 percent. Sector growth has stayed well above national trends in recent years. Between 2009 and 2011, Henry County’s health care employment increased 11.4 percent, while the national sector increased by 3.5 percent. Aging of population and strong projected population growth foretells continued growth in demand.
Henry County residents and visitors enjoy some of the finest healthcare services in the Atlanta region courtesy of Piedmont Henry Hospital, a full-service 215-bed not-for profit community hospital that is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. With more than 400 doctors on staff and nearly 500 nurses, Piedmont Henry Hospital provides 24-hour emergency care plus medical, surgical and diagnostic services.
Almost all of the critical site selection factors associated with Logistics are present in Henry County, including access to major markets and roadways, proximity to a major freight airport and a major freight port, and existence of utility served sites. Twenty miles of Interstate 75 traverse the county with seven interchanges, and Interstate 675, which provides easy access to Interstate 85 and Interstate 20 via I-285, begins in the northern part of Henry County. From this strategic vantage point, Henry County is less than two days’ driving time to 80 percent of the U.S. population. Henry County is also 20 miles south of Atlanta, just minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the world’s busiest – and within three hours to one of the country’s fastest-growing seaports in Savannah.
Henry’s existing strengths also include a robust logistics workforce and cadre of already existing companies. Henry County has experienced a substantial ten-year growth in wholesale trade and transportation employment driven by local advantages. Between 2001 and 2011, employment in wholesale trade increased 139.2 percent and employment in transportation and warehousing increased 58.4 percent.
Logistics-related educational assets in Henry County are found in nearby technical schools and higher education institutions. The Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center has the potential to establish world class logistics and supply chain training opportunities. The quality of Henry’s workforce and workforce development partners was underscored in 2012 when the State of Georgia designated Henry County a Certified Work Ready Community.
The Home Depot, John Deere, Whirlpool, Phillips-Van Heusen, Georgia Crown Distributing Company, Luxottica Retail Group, Toys “R” Us and Carter’s Inc., are among the list of businesses who have recognized Henry County as a premier location for their distribution and warehousing operations.
Henry County’s Professional Solutions target reflects the continued ascendance of service- and knowledge-based economic sectors in the U.S. economy. Customer Care, Business Services and Information Technology have been identified as holding high value for Henry County. Metro Atlanta attracts a high level of such activity.
Strong employment gains were made over the past decade in administrative and support services (70.1 percent growth) and professional and technical services (44.0 percent). Despite the recession’s acute national impact on financial markets, sectors related to finance and insurance experienced growth in Henry County over the ten-year measurement period. Henry’s reputation as a place offering strong quality of life amenities, a reasonable cost of living, and top-rated public schools is undoubtedly an asset in attracting employees for management, business and financial occupations.
Henry County is home to Georgia Power Company’s Customer Care Center, which serves as the company’s primary call center and also houses technology, operations, training and back office functions. Henry’s newest addition in the Professional Solutions sector is TSYS, a global payments company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia. TSYS’s new facility offers customer service, risk and fraud management, collections, dispute and chargeback servicing, back office support and full call center servicing solutions.