Walker County Commissioner Bebe HeiskellStaff File Photo by Andy Johns/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Findlay's Tall Timbers Distribution Center will locate in the former Cardinal Equipment building in Rock Spring, Ga., officials said Thursday.
The distribution center is expected to create 30 to 40 direct and indirect jobs after it starts up, they said.
"I believe this to be a sign that our local economy may finally be turning around," said Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said.
The center is in the Rock Spring industrial park near Nissin Brake Georgia.
Walker County Economic Development Director Larry Brooks said officials had been working with Findlay's for several months.
"Our due diligence has proven them to not only be a quality employer, but also a top notch corporate citizen, fully involved in the local communities in which they operate," he said.
The center will provide fulfillment services for companies looking for assistance with support in areas such as warehousing, distribution, light assembly, fulfillment management, transportation, business park development and foreign trade zone management.
Findlay's operates in several states including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Charles Bills, Findlay's president, said the company is excited to be locating "in this emerging market in very close proximity of Chattanooga."
Brooks said Walker County collects no inventory taxes on raw or finished goods used in the manufacturing process so long as those goods are moved through the county within a year.
"This equates to huge savings for companies who have large inventories they are trying to manage," Brooks said.
Heiskell cited state Sen. Jeff Mullis and Keith Barclift of the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority for their work.