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Quartz manufacturing company to build plant in Ga.

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) -- A company that manufactures quartz countertops is planning to build a facility in Bryan County and create 180 jobs, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

Israel-based Caesarstone is planning to invest between $70 million and $100 million in the new plant in Richmond Hill — about 20 miles southwest of Savannah, Deal said.

The company will import raw materials to make new countertops and will export the finished products from Georgia's ports, Deal said.

Bryan County offers the company a combination of a skilled workforce and a strong logistics infrastructure, CEO of the Caesarea, Israel-based company, Yos Shiran, said in a statement.

Caesarstone is joining more than 40 Israeli companies that are already doing business in the state, state officials said.

"Georgia has deep experience supporting international businesses from many countries, including Israel, in selecting excellent locations and resources that enable their success," Chris Carr, commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said in a statement. "They are the keystone to our success in global commerce."

The company produces engineered quartz surfaces that are used in residential and commercial buildings. The company's products are sold in more than 50 countries and more than 80 percent of all Caesarstone's sales are made in the United States, Canada, Australia and Israel, a spokesman for Deal said.