While Invest Clayton welcomes all types of industries, Clayton County is uniquely positioned for success in five specific industries: Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturing, Food & Beverage Processing & Manufacturing, Health Services & Health Logistics, Logistics & Distribution, and Film & Television Production.
Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturing
Clayton County is home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger airport, and the world’s second largest airline, Delta Air Lines. The airport generates more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs in the fields of support services, technical operations, ground equipment manufacturers, food production, and aviation security, and many of these companies call Clayton County home.
As the largest private employer in Clayton County with more than 6,000 employees, Delta Tech Ops provides full-service aviation maintenance and service to Delta and its fleet of more than 750 aircraft. In addition, they provide complete maintenance for more than 150 other operators.
More than 50 aviation & aerospace firms operate in Clayton County, including Airport Service International Group (ASIG) in the Mountain View area.
Food & Beverage: Processing & Manufacturing
Total Clayton County employment in the Food & Beverage sector exceeds 12,000. The 150-acre Atlanta State Farmers Market in Forest Park employs more than 3,700 people with an estimated annual payroll of $75 million. The market is a major marketing hub and distribution point for fresh produce in the Southeast and throughout the country.
Health Services & Health Logistics
Located on the western end of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent, Clayton County has established itself as an important part of the emerging bio-science sector. Home to Clayton State University and its growing life sciences curriculum, Clayton County already has several major companies doing business in this important sector. From distribution to repackaging to testing, Clayton County is an emerging player in this sector.
The largest employer in this sector is Southern Regional Health System, with 1,200 employees, physicians, and specialists. Sanofi-Aventis, a diversified global healthcare leader that “discovers, develops, and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone,” operates a major facility in Forest Park near I-285.
Logistics & Distribution
Nearly 40,000 employees work in Supply Chain and Logistics, representing 35 percent of all jobs in Clayton County. This is in large part due to Clayton County’s proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Additionally, Clayton County’s convenient interstate access is a major reason why company executives choose Clayton County.
Clayton State University in Morrow is home to the Center for Supply Chain Management, providing the business community with access to talented supply chain management undergraduate and graduate students, as well as diverse faculty resources.
Film & TV Production
Proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and established relationships with local production suppliers and support vendors make filming in Clayton County a truly productive experience. With an incredibly diverse offering of filming locations – man-made beach, dense woods, parks, vacant retail, film-friendly hospitals, unoccupied prisons, sound stages, and many other locations – the majority of a film’s scenes can be accommodated in this one area of metro Atlanta, saving valuable time and money.
The Clayton County Board of Commissioners, the Clayton County Development Authority, local leadership, law enforcement personnel, Clayton County business owners, and citizens alike, all work together to foster a film-friendly community that welcomes productions of all sizes. Film Clayton serves as the liaison/concierge between a film or production, the local government, and the community. Landing a film project generates revenue and jobs for our local community. Film Clayton is known throughout the Georgia film community for understanding the business of making movies and television shows.