DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The expansion of a Georgia-based lighting company is expected to create 700 jobs in DeKalb and Rockdale counties.

Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement Monday that Acuity Brands is investing $16 million into a new engineering and technology center and upgrades to its existing facilities. Deal says the company is expected to create the new jobs within the next five years.

Officials say the company is planning to expand its site in Decatur and upgrade its complex in Conyers. The company is planning to retrofit an existing 167,000 square-foot building and use it as a new engineering and technology center.

Acuity Brands Inc. employs roughly 7,000 people and is headquartered in Atlanta. Deal says the company's net sales were $2.4 billion in 2014.