The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that VanRiet Material Handling Systems, a Dutch manufacturer of automated transport and sorting solutions, will create more than 70 jobs in Fulton County. This will be VanRiet’s fourth location, and first in the United States.
“International investment is a vital component to the state’s economy, and we find that Georgia provides the ideal environment for international companies to thrive,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are excited that VanRiet Material Handling Systems chose Georgia. Our dedication to maintaining strong global partnerships has allowed us to maintain a welcoming environment for international companies such as VanRiet.”
VanRiet Material Handling Systems, specialist in automatic transport and sorting solutions, is focusing on the American market by opening a facility in Fulton County. The market is of interest for the Dutch system integrator due to the growing demand for solutions in North America among its current customers. In the U.S. the company will deliver sub-systems and cooperate with other system integrators in the CEP, e-commerce and 3PL markets.
“At VanRiet, we strive for full-fledged partnerships,” says CEO Rik van den Boog. “This means that we explore the possibilities when our international customers ask us whether we can also develop, implement and maintain our intralogistics solutions in the United States, besides in Europe and Asia. Given our growth ambitions and the increasing demand, the opening of a sales office and production facility in the US constitutes a logical step for us.”
“Moreover, we find that the automation wave that has swept Europe in the last 10 years is only just gaining ground there. So, it is a good time to go there,” adds Marketing Manager Henne Tap.
GDEcD’s Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg, represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Georgia EMC.
“We see a growing demand for solutions in North America,” said COO Milton Ng-a-Tham. “It was a logical step to open a facility in America where we can produce and assemble. We have already sold approximately 65 High Capacity Sorters so far to keep our facility in Atlanta running until the end of 2018. After weighing the pros and cons, we chose Atlanta to open our first location in America. Atlanta offers a number of key benefits. It has world-class facilities and is also a host to industrial fairs. Atlanta is very easy to reach, boasting the largest airport and it is close to the port of Savannah, the largest container terminal in North America. This allows for efficient and fast import of materials from Houten, our HQ in The Netherlands.”
VanRiet Material Handling Systems is a leading system integrator of intra-logistic systems in Europe. This former family business strives to improve the global competitiveness of its customers by designing, integrating, installing and maintaining automated transport and sorting solutions. Van Riet focuses its solutions on suppliers of courier, express and parcel services, e-commerce, 3PL, fashion & footwear, tools & parts, the flower industry, kitchen & furniture and the tire industry. VanRiet employs around 220 people in its head office in Houten, The Netherlands and its branch offices in China and Poland. Rik van den Boog is the CEO of the business group.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.