Porsche North America HQ to leave Sandy Springs for ex-Ford plant

By Rachel Tobin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a rare loss for the northern suburbs, Porsche is moving its North American headquarters and what could be hundreds of jobs from Sandy Springs to the old Ford plant site near Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport.

As part of the deal, Porsche will build offices where the plant was demolished and a test track similar to its Porsche Silverstone facility in England.

According to people familiar with the plans but who asked not to be identified because they had not been authorized to speak publicly, the announcement will come on Thursday. Economic development officials from Georgia, Atlanta and Fulton County will take part, though their possible roles in the project are unclear.

On Tuesday, officials for Porsche, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta and Jacoby Development, which owns the site, had no comment.

News of the move, which could involve a couple hundred jobs -- mostly sales and marketing -- to Atlanta's southside, is an for the northern suburbs.

But it's a big win for the airport area, which largely missed the building boom that produced skyscrapers in Midtown and Buckhead and office parks in the northern suburbs.

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, whose district includes the Hapeville site, could not confirm the move. But he said Hapeville’s mayor and city council have been working hard to fill the plant site and it makes good economic sense for Porsche, with the site’s proximity to the airport and interstate.

Edwards said the announcement should turn the tide for south Fulton.

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