Tesla and Honda Contracts Lead to $22 Million Expansion at Rome’s F&P Facility
In the second big business announcement this week, one of Floyd County’s largest employers F&P Georgia announced that it will be conducting a $22 million expansion to its facility as a result of contracts with automakers Honda and Tesla.
F&P’s facility, located on 51 acres of the Floyd County Industrial Park, is a tier one automotive supplier and this is only the most recent of a series of expansions at the company’s Rome plant.
That expansion will add an additional 25 jobs to the company’s current workforce, Nat Massey, the senior manager at F&P Manufacturing, said. The Rome Floyd County Development Authority signed off on backing the expansion and 10 year tax abatement on Monday, just before the announcing and signing off on a $1 billion deal for a Microsoft data center off Huffaker Road.
The F&P announcement comes on the heels of the company’s new partnership with Tesla and growing relations with Honda. The company will be making suspension components for the brand-new Cyber Truck which will be made in Austin, Texas.
“We are very excited about this new venture with Tesla and our continued work with Honda,” Massey said.
Bruce Critchlow, the plant’s manager who has been with F&P since their beginnings in Floyd County said he would like to thank Rome and Floyd County as well as the Rome Floyd County Development Authority for their continued support of F&P Georgia.
“From our initial construction to the most recent of six major expansions, the Rome and Floyd County communities have always supported F&P and our plans for growth,” Critchlow said. “When I started here, there was just an empty field and a handful of associates. Now we have 400,000 square feet under our roof and 520 top notch associates.”
F&P opened in Rome in 2001 with 70 employees and has already expanded several times before 2012, when the company went into a second building in the industrial park. In 2014, it added another 50,000 square feet to that building. The most recent expansions have been in 2020 and, again, in 2022.
“F&P is already one of our top ten employers in Floyd County and we are very excited to see them continue to grow. Our existing industries are extremely valuable to our community, and we will support them in every way possible,” said Jimmy Byars, RFCDA chair said.