About 140 jobs are coming to Central Georgia as Houston County welcomes its newest industry.

Last September, the German company Sandler AG decided to open its first plant in the United States.

They supply a nonwoven textile to make products like baby wipes and air filters.

On Tuesday, the company president Tobias Baumgaertel spoke at the commissioners meeting. This was the first time the company publicly introduced themselves to the community, explaining why they chose Houston County for their expansion.

“We feel like family here,” says Baumgaertel, “In general, the state of Georgia is so proactive in bringing new companies, especially foreign companies, so we feel very welcome. People here in Houston County are like us -- family oriented, very open, very friendly. Therefore, we found the right place.”

Angie Gheesling, Executive Director for the Houston County Development Authority, estimates the industry will have a $30 million economic impact.

She says the company spent a year looking at 150 communities in 13 different states before selecting the spec building on Perry Parkway. 

The space sat vacant for about 15 years, and the developer says construction should be completed by September. 

Baumgaertel says they will be hiring "very soon."