Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.


Located a quick drive from Midtown Atlanta, one of the nation’s most diverse and connected economies, Cherokee County is a place of Choice. Our talented, world-class workforce chooses to live here along with the world-renowned international companies that have chosen Cherokee County as their U.S. business location.

Projected to lead the Atlanta region in job growth (166.3% through 2040), Cherokee County can accommodate your next U.S. business location. If your location decision includes having a viable workforce for the next 5 to 20 years, pristine corporate parks with developable acres, a highly responsive economic development team with an impeccable track record or having the ability to land your corporate jet, Cherokee County is the only Choice.

“With the first U.S.-based Speedfactory, we’re combining some of the world’s best technology and manufacturing processes to give our consumers access to constant newness.”

Glenn Bennett, Adidas Group executive board member

International Companies

Nearly 50 international businesses representing countries from Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom create a diverse business and community culture embraced by Cherokee County.

  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
Austria Oismueller & Partner, Inc. Skincare Distribution
Brazil Pilgrims Poultry Processing
Canada Enablence Systems, Inc. Prepackaged Software Services
Canada KistlerMcDougall Co Miscellaneous Structural Metal Work
Canada Moulding & Millwork Inc. Lumber, Plywood, Millwood, & Wood Panels
Canada Brunette Industries Inc. Forest Products Machinery
Canada Ganz USA Nondurable Goods
France Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Telephone Communications, Business Consulting Services
France LaFarge Crushed & Broken Granite Mining, ready Mixed Concrete
France Mersen USA Bn Corp Carbon & Graphite Product Manufacturing
Germany EBM-Papst Inc. Wholesale Industrial Equipment
Germany Group Business Software Corp Computer Related Services
Germany Heidelberg Cement Inc. Wholesale Brick and Stone Materials
Germany Hydro-Chem Hydrogen Plants
Germany Lehigh Cement Co Cement Manufacturing
Germany MSK Covertech Industrial Machinery and Equipment
Germany Oechsler Motion Industrial Machinery and Equipment
Germany Rpf Consulting LLC Management Consulting Services
Germany thyssenkrupp Metals
Germany VIPA Automation, Inc. AutomationEquipment
Germany Wagener, Schwelm Corp Wholesale Industrial Supplies
Germany adidas Footwear & Apparel
Germany GamePlan Financial Marketing Management Consulting Services
India Jaipur Living Rugs, Throws, Pillows, Poufs
Italy Aprilia USA, Inc. Motorcycles
Italy Moto Guzzi, North America, Inc. Motorbikes, Scooters
Japan Jeol USA Inc. Electron Microscopes, Wholesale Professional Equipment
Japan Piolax Corp. Automotive; Plastics Products
Japan Toshiba Machine Company Machine Tools & Plastic Machinery
Japan YANMAR Tractors, Construction Equipment, UTVs, Engines, Energy Systems
Korea Kynix Semiconductor America Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing
Korea Trio Pines Inc. Wholesale Industrial Supplies
Mexico Ready Mix USA Ready-Mixed Concrete
Netherlands DAPEC Inc. Poultry Processing Equipment, Farm/Garden Machinery
Netherlands Dutch American Poultry Equip. Co Poultry Processing Equipment
Netherlands FoodMate Industrial Machinery and Equipment
Netherlands Inalfa Roof Systems Automotive Roofing Systems
Netherlands Meyn America Industrial Machinery and Equipment
Netherlands Vanderlande Process Automation Solutions
Spain Harpak-ULMA Packaging Inc. Industrial Machinery and Equipment
Spain ULMA Packaging Systems, Inc. Machinery(packaging)
Sweden Thomas Concrete Concrete, Ready Mix Concrete
Switzerland Universal Alloy Corporation Aerospace; Aluminum Production
UK ABOL Software Inc Software Products and Services
UK AMEC Foster Wheeler Kamtech Inc. General Contractors; non-residential buildings
UK Specac Inc. Professional Equipment & Supplies, Other
UK Tenn Tech LLC Industrial Supplies
UK United Business Media Periodicals-Publishing/Printing

Metro Atlanta

A thriving location with immediate access to meet your every business need is why Metro Atlanta is outpacing other metropolitan areas in the U.S. in foreign direct investment.

10 County Metro Atlanta

  • Cherokee
  • Clayton
  • Cobb
  • DeKalb
  • Douglas
  • Fayette
  • Fulton
  • Gwinnett
  • Henry
  • Rockdale
  • 25Fortune 500/1000 companies headquartered in the region
  • 81Global consulates & trade offices
  • #1most-traveled airport in the world — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • 70+colleges and universities within the region

Not only is the State of Georgia America’s Top State for Business in 2017 as indicated by CNBC, Cherokee County and Metro Atlanta Region are the top choices for foreign direct investment.

Being the #1 State for Business is not only good for companies looking to invest in the United States but also the reason why so many global brands are represented in Cherokee County and Metro Atlanta. Below are a few of those companies.

  • Coca-Cola
  • Delta Airlines
  • The Home Depot
  • Inalfa Roof Systems
  • UPS

On top of that, if your company or startup is considering expanding into international markets, the staff at the COED can put you in touch with resources that will enable you to meet your goals… globally. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Trade division can provide you with free market intelligence, key in-country contacts and sales opportunities.

Go Global. Cherokee by Choice.

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