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Rockmart Development Authority

Engineered Fabrics Corporation

Engineered Fabrics Corporation

In May 2008, the Rockmart Development Authority was awarded $200,000 in OneGeorgia EDGE grant  funds to assist with the building construction costs in support of the expansion of Engineered Fabrics Corporation, an aircraft equipment manufacturer located in Rockmart, Polk County. EFC’s former parent company, K&F Industries Holdings, Inc., was acquired by Meggitt-USA, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Meggitt, PLC, a United Kingdom-based aerospace and defense contractor that designs and manufactures equipment, sensors and systems for the aerospace and defense industries. The Rockmart facility represents the third largest employer in Polk County and at the time of the award employed 514 people. A  U.S. Department of Defense contract award of $37.6 million to provide fuel cells for military aircraft enabled EFC to construct a 60,000 square foot building located on an 18-acre tract adjacent to the current 564,000 square foot facility. The expansion supports production lines for de-icing equipment and helicopter interior upholstery manufacturing allowing for the necessary space in the main facility for the increase in fuel cell production. The expansion has had a regional impact by attracting employees from five northwest Georgia counties into the Polk County labor market. The project retained 670 employees and projected creation of 200 new jobs.   UPDATE:  As of September 2009, the original building construction is complete along with a 66,000 square foot expansion taking the Rockmart facility to 722,000 square feet of production and manufacturing space. EFC has almost doubled its new job creation estimates. There are currently 374 new jobs as well as the 670 retained. EFC has also been awarded a US Air Force follow-on contract for additional fuel tanks. The contract is expected to take five years to fulfill. According to Eric McDonald of the Polk County Chamber and Commerce and Development Authority, “Meggitt (EFC) is truly a bright spot for our region. They continue to create jobs and provide opportunity. With the help of OneGeorgia we retained and expanded an excellent industry and community partner.”


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