WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) - The Ingevity plant in Waynesboro celebrated the grand opening of its new operation center on May 9. About 50 people came for the ribbon-cutting, including Waynesboro’s mayor, the chairman of the Burke County Development Authority, a representative of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the president of Ingevity.
The new operations center will house the plant’s leadership team, engineers and administrative professionals. “Ingevity has played a vital role in our community,” said Preston Conner, chairman, Burke County Development Authority. “We are excited to see that the automotive sector is continuing to grow in Burke County. This new expansion is another sign of Ingevity’s dedication to the entire region.”
Over time, the plant has brought many jobs to Burke County. With the continued growth of the plant, more jobs are available. “The Ingevity plant in Waynesboro began operations over 16 years ago, with only 40 employees,” said John Nichols, plant manager. “In the last three years, we’ve physically expanded out existing manufacturing facility, built a new operations center, added equipment and increased our production lines. We now have 230 employees, and we’re looking to hire 50 additional employees in 2019.”