The Weather Company is moving its corporate headquarters to the Perimeter Summit office complex in Brookhaven, according to a press release from Gov. Nathan Deal.
The company, whose weather-forecasting products and services formerly included the now independently run Weather Channel, will relocate from Cobb County to 1001 Perimeter Summit Parkway in Perimeter Center in spring 2017, according to the press release. The move includes the creation of 400 jobs.
“The Weather Company has made significant contributions in Georgia for more than three decades,” Deal said in the press release. “The company’s decision to expand its workforce in the metro Atlanta area is a reflection of our state’s ability to retain dynamic companies with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with The Weather Company and its continued success in Georgia.”
“We are pleased that The Weather Company has chosen Brookhaven–with everything our city has to offer–for its new headquarters,” said city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill. “The company’s decision to remain in Georgia and expand its workforce in Brookhaven will be a benefit to the city, the [Perimeter Center Improvement Districts], the region and the state.”
IBM bought the Weather Company early this year.
“The combination of technology and expertise from The Weather Company and IBM is progressing well as we create additional value for the clients of both companies,” said Cameron Clayton, The Weather Company CEO and general manager, in the press release. “The additional hiring and the move to a new headquarters are indicative of the support and investment that IBM is providing to attract and retain the best and brightest as we build this amazing business.”
The Weather Company will be eligible for tax incentives if and when it actually creates the promised jobs, according to Stefaine Paupeck Harper, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The company would be eligible for the “Quality Jobs Tax Credit,” with varying amounts depending on the salaries of the created jobs, she said.
The company did not receive any city incentives for the relocation, according to Quill.