08 February 2013

Calpis America to invest $20 million and create 42 jobs in Georgia

- To manufacture livestock fermentation product in Peachtree City 
- Georgia Quick Start program to assist with training needs 
- Calpis Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan

Atlanta, February 8, 2013 - Calpis America Inc. has selected Peachtree City for its U.S. headquarters and first manufacturing operation. The company will invest $20 million and create 42 jobs in its first year of operations. 

Calpis will construct a facility in Peachtree City Industrial Park to produce its direct-fed microbial product, CALSPORIN® animal feed ingredients, which is used widely in the livestock industry to supply a naturally occurring microorganism. Operations are anticipated to begin in April 2014, and Georgia Quick Start, customized workforce training program, will assist the company with its training needs

As the No. 1 poultry-producing state in the nation, Georgia is the ideal place for Calpis to expand in the United States,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “International firms such as Calpis find success here not only because Georgia is one of the top markets for its products, but because the state is a hub for fast, efficient outreach to other markets in North and South America. The company’s strategic decision to locate here moves us closer to becoming the best place in the nation in which to do business.” 

Calpis Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, has existing U.S. facilities in Los Angeles, primarily for its beverage business, and Mount Prospect, Ill., for its feed business. Calpis Co., Ltd. had approximately $1.3 billion in net sales in 2011. 

“U.S. consumers have for many years given us business opportunities and ideas to improve our products,” said president of Calpis America Inc. Masato Yoshida. “Not only is the U.S. the world’s biggest supplier of meat products, it also has a great potential to further develop the industry both in volume and quality. Locating this plant in Georgia will enable us to better serve the industry and to utilize the abundant workforce. Peachtree City provides us good access to our users as well as transportation convenience both domestically and internationally.” 

The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with the Fayette County Development Authority to manage this project. Scott McMurray, director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Logistics, Energy, Agriculture and Food Processing industry team, assisted Calpis on behalf of the state. Yumiko Nakazono, director of Georgia’s Japan office, coordinated the introduction of the company to the state during the SEUS-Japan conference in July 2012. 

“Calpis’ choice to invest in Georgia is a perfect example of the reason Georgia established an office in Japan 40 years ago,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “The company joins more than 370 Japanese businesses throughout the state employing 20,000-plus Georgians. It is our partnerships both at home and abroad that make this sort of success possible.” 

Source: State Of Georgia, Office of the Governor