Target Industries

Houston County’s economy is characterized by a diverse mix of industries. A central location, extensive transportation infrastructure, and a highly productive workforce prepared by one of the nation’s best training programs all make Houston County the perfect place for many types of companies.

Many industries have found a niche and achieved great success in Houston County.

Five target industries that drive the Houston County region’s economy and provide a concentrated focus for strategically growing the region are: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Food Processing, Distribution and Logistics and Agribusiness.

Houston County also has all the benefit of proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick in addition to less traffic and congestion, lower land costs, and a trained workforce.


Due to the large concentration of aerospace-related industries in the area, Middle Georgia has been dubbed Georgia’s “Aerospace Corridor”. Middle Georgia is home to more than 100 aerospace companies and contractors. Recognizable aerospace industries in the region include: Boeing; Bombardier; Northrop Grumman; ASA; Timco and Triumph Aerostructures. There are more than 30,000 aerospace workers in the area. Middle Georgia offers workforce advantages for aerospace companies with wage rates below national averages, a favorable labor environment, trained workers and programs for ensuring expedited start-up operations. The area has been ranked as one of 101 Great Locations in the South for Aviation & Aerospace. (Southern Business & Development)

As home to Robins Air Force Base in the northeastern section of Houston County, it seems only natural that aerospace and defense is a big focus.

With the continual growth and strength of the aerospace industry, this area can expand high-tech research, create public-private partnerships and promote development of the community through downtown revitalization projects and retirement developments.

Recently, more than 1,000 people accepted early retirement options from Robins Air Force Base. The majority of these people range from 35 to 55 years old, offering a young, available pool to select from. The skill sets include Industrial Engineers, Production Control Specialists; Quality Assurance Specialists; Aircraft Electricians; Structures and Corrosion Control Specialists and Aircraft Generalists. Detailed information on the available workforce associated with skill sets desired by the company can be provided.

Aerospace firms in Georgia can accelerate development and access new markets, through the technical expertise and strategic partnerships provided by the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace. The center can provide: Research Partnerships ,New Product Development and Technical Expertise. For more information, visit the Center’s website at

Food Processing

It comes as no surprise that there is a focus on manufacturing in Houston County at it serves as home to one of the largest manufacturing plants in the region, Frito-Lay. The Houston County location of Frito Lay reigns as “the Largest Salty Snack Producer in the World.” An abundance of natural resources and excess capacity of water and sewer supply also provides support for a growth in the food processing sector.

Distribution and Logistics

Due to an ease in the transporting of goods and services through easy access to Interstate 75, Interstate 16, rail and air, companies with a focus on Distribution and Logistics benefit greatly from Houston County’s location.

Logistics firms can increase efficiency, develop new business and capitalize on opportunities with help from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics.

The leading resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness in
Georgia, the center also helps companies overcome challenges related to the movement
of freight. The center develops cross-sector connections, analyzes industry data and trends,
and improves operations.

  • Identifying new markets and business opportunities
  • Providing access to logistics workforce education and training
  • Analyzing transportation options and pricing
  • Data-mapping of industry, infrastructure and assets



Houston County, Georgia is home to more than 47,000 acres of farmland with more than
200 farms. Top crop items include peanuts, cotton and wheat, according to the 2012 Census
of Agriculture
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Center of Innovation for Agribusiness accelerates the growth and development of Georgia’s number one industry by providing focused industry expertise, product commercialization assistance and access to ground-breaking research. Learn more by visiting the Center’s website at

Georgia companies benefit from the support of the Georgia Grown program. Georgia Grown is a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The No. 1 goal is to aid our agricultural economies by bringing together producers, processors, suppliers, distributors, retailers, agritourism and consumers in one powerful, statewide community. They help new agribusinesses grow, and established agribusinesses thrive.