Porsche breaks ground in Hapeville on new North American HQ - CBS46 News

Porsche breaks ground in Hapeville on new North American HQ

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The Porsche automobile company broke ground in Hapeville on Tuesday morning on its new North American headquarters, on a site once occupied by the Ford Motor Company.

The 130-acre site is directly adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Porsche currently has its North American headquarters in Sandy Springs, but a company spokesman said the new site will allow room for much more growth, and for a test drive track on site.

"We wanted to consolidate some of our operations from around the U.S. and bring all of our main operations to one headquarters, one location," said Porsche spokesman Steve Janisse. "We needed a bigger building to do that. We wanted to have our own building, and we wanted to build a customer experience center, and a track, so we needed room for all of that in one place."

The new site will also allow for the creation of 100 new jobs, said Janisse.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took part in the groundbreaking, along with several top executives from Porsche. Construction on the new plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

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