Swiss Corvaglia Group: Opening its First US Manufacturing Location
Site Selection USA
Corvaglia, a leading technology partner to the beverage industry, saw the need to establish its first U.S.-based manufacturing location to more effectively access a rapidly expanding market and streamline engineering discussions with its important U.S. customer base. This greenfield project required a 10-15-acre site on which to construct a ca. 85,000 ft² custom-built production facility, including warehousing and office space. Essential business location factors included a cost-competitive and attractive logistical infrastructure in relation to its customer base and supply chain, operating costs like electric power and the quality of local civic and business leadership. Corvaglia management was looking to partner with the local community and become an integrated member.
“Corvaglia is a leading technology partner to the beverage industry. We set global standards when it comes to cap solutions for PET bottles. Despite my considerable business experience in North America, we decided to seek professional support in helping us manage our expansion. I had the pleasure of working with the team of Navigator Consulting who assisted us in finding an ideal location for our first U.S. manufacturing location. The Navigator team was able to adapt its process to accommodate our ambitious timeline so that we were able to identify several feasible locations in less than 4 months. It was great to have one go-to person who would manage all project stakeholders and provide all relevant information in an unbiased and objective format to facilitate our decision-making. Navigator’s approach to economic development and site selection is truly catered to the needs of a partnership between companies and local communities, and their project team helped me appreciate the unique “psychology and spirit” of U.S. economic development. Navigator’s extensive network of partnerships has enabled us to tap into a support network of state and local economic development organizations, all of whom went above and beyond to support our project. However, we could never have imagined how important it would be to tap into Navigator’s vast and diverse project development experience throughout North America, and to get to know many of their trusted professional colleagues in interrelated development fields such as engineering, construction, incentives and utilities. The Navigator team transitioned Corvaglia from a site selection mode into the facility design and construction planning mode so that we had all the right people at the table and we could keep moving forward. Ultimately, we were able to meet our targets and decide on a great location for our new operations. It became clearer to me and to our management in Switzerland why Navigator refers to themselves not simply as ‘Site Selectors”, but also as “Project Managers”. Personally, I am grateful to Jim and his team for helping us save valuable time and resources.”
(J.B. Fisher, President & General Manager, Corvaglia Closures USA, Inc.)
The Navigator Consulting team was engaged to assist the U.S. General Manager and Swiss executive team in managing the expansion and performing the site selection. Confronted with an ambitious project timeline, our team quickly established the project parameters and management’s priorities; this resulted in an expedited site search across four states. Our analysts were able to quickly identify and benchmark feasible sites so that company management could gain an initial overview of the community and site options (Long List).
In pursuit of the project objectives, our team organized and accompanied the client on four rounds of site visits. We had agreed with the client to increase the level of engagement between state/community representatives and company management to enable both parties to develop closer ties and a better working relationship. Through rounds of elimination the total number of sites was reduced and the scope tightened. Given the ambitious project timeline, we scrutinized each shortlisted location by means of analytical and technical due diligence. An experienced engineering partner of ours assessed future development needs, cost and timeline respectively. The client further relied on our expertise in negotiating incentives and energy cost to reduce the company’s initial investment and operational cost. At the end of a multi-stage location and site selection process, corvaglia management made the decision to locate in Newnan, Georgia (Coweta County).
We congratulate the company for having found a new home in the USA and state and community leadership for having gained a new member to their business community.
- Reduction of clients’ time commitment and coordination cost through an effective project and stakeholder management
- Offsetting initial capital investment and start-up cost through state and local incentives and in-kind support
- Long-term savings on operational cost via successful negotiations of utility rates
- Avoidance of costly mistakes as well as raised awareness and successful mitigation of project bottlenecks and pitfalls
- Enable ‘soft-landing’ in finalist community through effective relationship building with community leadership
- Access to invaluable support network of experienced service providers (e.g. civil engineers; construction managers; executive recruiters; financial institutions; etc.) who help the client realize additional cost and time savings
We would like to thank the representatives of all thirty communities and the four states that participated in this site selection process. We commend you for your efforts and professionalism. Your initiative, knowledge and engagement contribute to the excellent reputation of the economic development community in the Southeastern U.S.
About corvaglia Group
The corvaglia Group is a Switzerland-based technology partner to the beverage industry. As a thought leader in the industry, corvaglia sets global standards for cap solutions for PET bottles. Today, 275 employees worldwide and a strong network of partners contribute to the success of the company. In March 2018, the company was honored with the Prix SVC award to showcase the company’s outstanding innovation in its integrated process chain, which ranged from the creation of cap solutions to fitting them on to the bottle. The Prix SVC is awarded annually by the Swiss Venture Club as an incentive to small and mid-sized Swiss firms to innovate and remain competitive.
- Industry: Plastic Injection Molding
- Products: Bottle closures. mold design & mold-making; plastic injection molding
- Investment: $25.4 million
- Jobs Creation: 40
- Location: Newnan, Georgia (Coweta County)
- Our Services: Expansion Management, Site Selection; Incentives Advisory; Power Negotiations