Daniel Defense will be expanading its existing operations in Black Creek, adding 120 new jobs and investing $20 million into the project over the next five years.
"Georgia's strong manufacturing sector has supported Daniel Defense for more than a decade," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, in a statement. "I have no doubt that Georgia's number one business climate and highly qualified workforce will continue to help keep innovative companies such as Daniel Defense at the forefront of the industry."
Daniel Defense began as a small manufactoring facility in Chatham County in 2000, but moved all operations to Bryan County in 2009.
With significant growth at the Bryan County facility, Daniel Defense expects to employ a total of 284 Georgians by 2018.
"I am very pleased to announce this expansion of Daniel Defense in Bryan County," said Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense, Inc, in a statement. "Thanks to the loyalty of our customers, end users, vendors and employees, the company has become an industry leader in designing, manufacturing and providing "Small Arms Solutions" to the marketplace. We look forward to our future growth while continuing to add jobs and investment in Georgia."
Alyce Thornhill, project manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, worked closely with Daniel Defense in planning the expansion. She also helped lead the project for the State of Georgia.
The Edvelopment Authority of Bryan County also partnered with GDEcD, and the company will benefit from Quick Start, Georgia's top-ranked workforce training program.
Steve Croy, chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County, said in a statement that Bryan County was very thrilled Daneil Defense decided to expand their operations in the county.
"Daniel Defense's expansion is a testament to the qualified and available workforce we have in the Bryan County area. We look forward to working with Daniel Defense as they continue to grow jobs and create new investment in the community."