COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In one of the most significant
expansions in its 50-year history, Aflac today announced a multi-year building
project and unveiled plans for an initial 90,000-square-foot expansion. Once
all phases of the expansion are complete, Aflac will have built 340,000 square
feet of additional office space to accommodate 2,000 new employees in the next
five to seven years. The $100 million project is currently the largest in the
state of Georgia.
Governor Sonny Perdue and Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff joined Aflac
Chairman and CEO Dan Amos for the announcement and groundbreaking ceremony.
The first building project will add 90,000 square feet to the existing Paul S.
Amos Campus located in Columbus, Ga., and is slated for completion in 2007.
The expansion will house the company's customer service administrative
"I am excited about Aflac's growth opportunities for the next several
years and it is my goal to see the company double in size over the next five
to six years," said Amos. "We are grateful to Governor Perdue, along with
other state and local development officials, for making it possible for Aflac
to continue to grow its business in Columbus, Ga."
The new construction will mark Aflac's third major expansion project
within seven years. In 1998, Aflac opened the doors to its Computer Service
Center housing 600 employees.
In 2001, the company opened its Paul S. Amos Campus at Corporate Ridge in
Columbus, a 104-acre development housing the company's claim processing and
Call Center operations. Both facilities were constructed to accommodate
Aflac's strong sales growth. Over the past five years, Aflac's U.S. sales
growth has compounded at 16.4 percent annually.
"Aflac is one of Georgia's top companies and most recognizable names,"
said Governor Sonny Perdue. "Aflac's decision to grow here in Georgia is a
testament to our strong business climate and our commitment to keep and expand
For 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to
direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event
causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-
renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company
in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance
products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac
has been included in both in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most
Admired Companies and Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best
Big Companies for five consecutive years. In January 2005, Aflac was included
in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America
for the seventh consecutive year. Aflac was also included in Fortune
magazine's list of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities in August 2005, and in
September 2005, Aflac Japan was named the Life Insurance Company of the Year
at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards, sponsored by the Asia Insurance Review.
Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
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