Surface countertop manufacturer LG Hausys America Inc. plans to expand its current operations in the Adairsville area of Gordon County, adjacent to the company’s existing facility. The expansion is expected to create up to 80 jobs and invest approximately $50 million.

“With this expansion, LG Hausys further solidifies its position as an anchor in the business community in Gordon County, and advances the growth of the manufacturing sector in Georgia,” said Gov. Sonny Perdue. “Companies like LG Hausys strengthen Georgia’s diverse economy. I’m pleased to see the company take on such significant growth that positively impacts our state.”

At the company’s expanded facility, LG Hausys will manufacture engineered stone countertops, which represents a new venture for the company in Georgia. Currently the company manufactures high-quality solid surface countertops at its existing manufacturing operation in Gordon County.

“Since the mass production of ‘HI-MACS’ started in 1995 in the United States, LG Hausys has become a representative maker of Surfaces materials. We plan to solidify its market dominance by launching new products and expanding applications,” said Seogseung Hong, President of LG Hausys America.

The new LG Hausys plant in Adairsville will be an approximately 95,000-square-foot facility. Employees hired for the newly created jobs will all work in the company’s expanded operations, with hiring expected to begin in the third quarter of 2010.

“We are pleased and excited to have LG Hausys expand in our community” said Larry Roye, chairman of the Development Authority of Gordon County. “LG has always been a great corporate citizen in Gordon County. We appreciate the investment and the new jobs that will be created in our community with this new project. The team effort of the state of Georgia, the local governments of Gordon County and the city of Calhoun made this project possible. The future is bright because of the partnership we have with LG.”

“I am very happy that LG Hausys has continued to grow with Gordon County,” said Alvin Long, Chairman of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners. “I want to thank the Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce and the State for their efforts on this project.”