NORAX an­nounces plans for ex­pan­sion, job growth

Plans in­clude con­struc­tion of a new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity.

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A com­pany with lo­cal roots is the latest to seek out growth this year, just in time for the hol­i­days and one more piece of big news for Polk County.

Norax Sup­ple­ments on South Main Street an­nounced in­ten­tions to re­lo­cate their op­er­a­tion the Cedar­town South In­dus­trial Park, in and around the same area as Rome Plow and the HON Com­pany’s man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity.

The move, which will see the con­struc­tion of a new fa­cil­ity nearly twice the size of the cur­rent build­ing, is an es­ti­mated in­vest­ment of $1.5 mil­lion.

The re­lo­ca­tion and ex­pan­sion will see the re­ten­tion of 75 jobs, plus an ad­di­tional 20 jobs for the dietary sup­ple­ment fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to a city re­lease early last week about the deal.

“This is ob­vi­ously great news for Cedar­town and for the Norax com­pany,” said Cedar­town City Man­ager Bill Fann. “This makes the fourth in­dus­try and busi­ness ex­pan­sion in Cedar­town this year. Not only are we ex­cited about the ex­pan­sion, we’re also thrilled with the ad­di­tion of new jobs.”

Norax Sup­ple­ments pro­vides in-house for­mu­la­tion, con­tract man­u­fac­tur­ing, private la­bel­ing, cus­tom pack­ag­ing, and dis­tri­bu­tion sup­port to the global dietary sup­ple­ment in­dus­try. They have been in op­er­a­tion in their Cedar­town lo­ca­tion since 2014.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the ex­pan­sion,” said Co-CEO Marco Gómez Ro­quero. “Norax Sup­ple­ments is proud to grow our busi­ness foot­print here in Cedar­town. With this an­nounce­ment, we are ready to move for­ward on the land ac­qui­si­tion and be­gin a new chap­ter.”

“It is al­ways great to see our lo­cal in­dus­tries flour­ish and grow,” said City Com­mis­sioner Larry Odom. “This ex­pan­sion will nearly dou­ble its num­ber of em­ploy­ees. They are a great com­pany and we are proud to have them in Cedar­town.”

It was the latest an­nounce­ment this year of in­dus­try ex­pan­sion in Polk County, which Fann pointed in­cluded the com­ple­tion of a new pro­duc­tion line at Ki­moto Tech, an an­nounce­ment by the HON Com­pany of a new ex­pan­sion and re­tool­ing, and GEO Spe­cialty Chem­i­cal in­vest­ments as well for Cedar­town’s part. This con­tin­ues a pat­tern of sus­tained growth in the lo­cal econ­omy.

Meg­gitt in Rock­mart also an­nounced ex­pan­sion plans, and con­struc­tion still con­tin­ues on the JCG Farms Feed Mill re­place­ment as well, among oth­ers.

Con­trib­uted by Aimee Mad­den / City of Cedar­town

Marco Gomez Ro­quero, Ray Caron and City At­tor­ney Carey Pil­grim sat to­gether and signed agree­ments help­ing Norax ex­pand in Cedar­town last week.

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