Gov. & First Lady Kemp Celebrate Anovion Technologies Groundbreaking in Bainbridge

Staff Report

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp joined state and local leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of Anovion Technologies' (Anovion) new manufacturing facility, which will supply premium synthetic graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The project will create more than 400 jobs and over $800 million in investment in Decatur County.

“Today's event is the culmination of months of hard work by the local community and sustained talks and efforts at the state level which is fast becoming the e-mobility capital of the nation,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “As the latest milestone on Georgia's path to becoming the e-mobility capital of the nation, this project means literally all four corners of our state have seen major investment and job creation from this industry. We will not let our foot off the gas when it comes to putting in the hours it takes to build relationships with job creators like Anovion and bring jobs and investments to all Georgians no matter their zip code.”

Since Governor Kemp took office in 2018, EV-related projects have committed over $24 billion in investment and more than 31,000 jobs to communities across Georgia. These projects are the result of local leaders, from development authorities to elected officials, and state officials from the Department of Economic Development, General Assembly, and Governor's Office working with businesses to build lasting relationships.

As the State of Georgia has been recognized as the No. 1 state for business for nine consecutive years, employers continue to recognize the advantages of choosing the Peach State. Georgia's top-ranked workforce training program, QuickStart, and the hard work of the Department of Economic Development are consistently cited as leading causes of the explosive growth Georgia has enjoyed.

Anovion’s new 1,500,000-square-foot facility with its proprietary furnace technologies, located at Downrange Industrial Park in Bainbridge, will be the first of its size and scale in North America. The facility will produce synthetic graphite for use in batteries that power EVs, electric storage systems, electronics, military applications, and other products. Operations are expected to begin in late 2025.

With major EV-related projects now announced, under construction, or operational in all four corners of Georgia (southwestsoutheastnortheastnorthwest), the state remains well-positioned to set itself apart as the e-mobility capital of the nation.