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Global manufacturer’s expansion creates $15 million in investment in Buford
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 20, 2014 – KRAIBURG TPE Corporation, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, celebrated the expansion of its Gwinnett location with a groundbreaking ceremony in the City of Buford, Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The project is expected to create more than 20 new jobs over the next five years. The 65,000-square-foot, build-to-suit facility represents a $15 million investment in the community.
The leading manufacturer of Thermoplastic Elastomers, KRAIBURG TPE has experienced strong growth over the past ten years, tripling in size and revenue. Headquartered in Waldkraiburg, Germany, the company’s existing Gwinnett operations serves as KRAIBURG TPE’s Americas headquarters.
“KRAIBURG TPE’s value proposition to customers is our unparalleled investment in innovation and product development. The availability of a highly skilled workforce makes Gwinnett an ideal location in which to grow,” said Jeff Frankish, Managing Director for KRAIBURG TPE. “Our company will benefit from the engineering talent and economic strength of this community. We look forward to future growth in Gwinnett.”
Located off I-985, on Hamilton Mill Parkway, in the Hamilton Mill Business Park, KRAIBURG TPE’s new facility will focus on the production of existing products lines for automotive, consumer and industrial applications.
“Gwinnett is the home of 20% of the state’s German businesses, and we are highly focused on accelerating the investment from Europe’s largest economy through the Partnership Gwinnett initiative.” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “I am thrilled that these efforts continue to bear fruit and want to thank KRAIBURG TPE for their commitment to this community.”
Construction on the new KRAIBURG TPE facility is scheduled for completion in 2016 with an additional 9,000 square feet added by 2018, resulting in a total 74,000 square foot facility.
The facility will be designed initially for three production lines and 75 personnel to start, with the capacity to double the square footage of its original size as needed. Long – term, the future expansion will include enough space for the addition of up to five more production lines.
“KRAIBURG TPE is a great example of the type of manufacturing companies that are succeeding in Gwinnett County: global, R&D-driven, and with a strong commitment to being part of their community,” said Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “I look forward to assisting them as they take their Americas business to a new level with this state-of-the-art facility.”
To learn more about KRAIBURG TPE, please visit www.kraiburg-tpe.com.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.
Innovative, imaginative and influential winners to be recognized at Annual PG Economic Outlook
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 19, 2014— Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative, today announced the finalists of the 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Awards. Each of the three award categories—Innovation, Imagination and Influence—will honor one community leader and one company that represent the best in Gwinnett and have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in each respective category.
Finalists were selected from a record-setting field of 34 nominees that collectively represent the very best of Gwinnett leaders and corporations, positively impacting economic development.
“The finalists exemplify community and organizational transformation through their commitment to innovation, imagination and positive influence,” said Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett District Manager for Jackson EMC and Partnership Gwinnett Chairman.
“The efforts and outcomes of companies and leaders like the Award nominees and finalists compliment the work of the Partnership Gwinnett team, ensuring that Gwinnett continues to be successful at growing and attracting major employers, entrepreneurs and talent from all over the world.”
Finalists for the Imagination category include:
• Mayor Nancy Harris, City of Duluth
• Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager, City of Snellville
• Eagle Rock Distributing Company
• Fusion Creative
Finalists for the Innovation category include:
• Jose Hevia, Founder & CEO, DraftServ Technologies
• Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, City of Lawrenceville
• The Suite Spot
Finalists for the Influence category include:
• Matt Hyatt, CEO, Rocket IT
• Dan King, Chapter Leader, Gwinnett Angels
• Pond & Company
• Gwinnett County Public Schools
Award winners will be announced during Partnership Gwinnett’s annual Economic Outlook on December 9. To register for the 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Economic Outlook, click here. All questions regarding the awards ceremony can be directed to Haley Tolbert at Haley@gwinnettchamber.org.
For more information about the efforts of the award-winning Partnership Gwinnett initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.
RockTenn’s Steve Voorhees to Keynote March 19th Awards Ceremony
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 14, 2014 —Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, launched the fourth annual Movers & Makers Awards on Wednesday night. Nominations are now being accepted in six categories: Three “Makers” Awards honoring Manufacturers of the Year – Small, Medium, and Large; two “Movers” Awards honoring Supply Chain companies – Supply Chain Pioneer and Corporate Citizenship Award; and one Most Valuable Provider (MVP), honoring an excellent service provider.
The event, attended by previous winners and judges, industry professionals, and community leaders, also served as a platform to announce RockTenn’s CEO, Steve Voorhees, as the Keynote Speaker for the March 19, 2015 awards ceremony.
To be eligible to win an award, nominees must have been in business at a physical address in Gwinnett County for at least three years. The 2014 winners were YSS Athletics, MTI Baths, Millennium Mats, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration and RockTenn.
“Gwinnett Technical College is proud to mark our fourth year as a partner of the Movers & Makers Awards,” said David McCulloch, Vice President of Economic Development, Gwinnett Technical College. “We are committed to supporting the economic, business and workforce development represented in our community’s thriving manufacturing sector, as we ensure our global competitiveness.
Winners will receive extensive publicity and recognition as a benchmark company within the industry. In addition, all manufacturing nominees who qualify for the Governor’s Manufacturers Appreciation Week Awards will also be nominated for the Movers and Makers Awards.
“Winning the Movers & Makers Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award, has benefited MTI Baths greatly, as a catalyst for connecting us to valuable resources and affording us a level of external validation in the industry that is second to none.” said Kathy Adams CEO of MTI Baths. “We were honored to have been selected and we are proud to be a part of such a unique program to recognize the innovation that comes from the manufacturing and supply chain community.”
“Movers & Makers Awards is the ideal platform for us to recognize manufacturing and supply chain companies that are leading the way in our community, through their involvement, innovative practices, and impact on the industry,” stated Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “We are excited to honor Gwinnett businesses with this very deserving recognition and encourage all businesses to apply.”
To apply for the 2015 Movers & Makers Awards, complete the online application at www.partnershipgwinnett.com/movers-makers-awards/. All applications must be received by January 20, 2015 to qualify. Recipients will be announced during the annual awards ceremony, which will be held on March 19, 2015, from 8:00 – 10:00 am, at the Gwinnett Center. All questions regarding the application process can be directed to Troels Adrian at Troels@gwinnettchamber.org. All questions regarding the awards ceremony can be directed to Haley Tolbert at Haley@gwinnettchamber.org.
More than $17,000 in cash and prizes to a Gwinnett start-up
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 13, 2014 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), launched its fifth annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest today. The competition, which recognizes the best business plan summary in two categories – Established Business and Pre-Venture – will award more than $17,000 in cash and prizes to a Gwinnett County startup.
“Gwinnett entrepreneurs make significant contributions to our community and as we enter our fifth year, we’re expecting more of them than ever to participate in the Contest and start to engage with the great support services in the region,” stated Mark Farmer, Director for Entrepreneurship for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.
In addition to the $10,000 cash award, the Grand Prize winner will also receive consultation with Arnall Golden Gregory ($3,000 value), a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), passes to attend the Chamber’s Small Business ($120 value), and a scholarship to the SBDC Grow Smart program ($985 value), among other prizes.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the source of job creation for hard-working people in this community,”stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “With the right tools, these businesses and entrepreneurs will drive innovation and the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest provides just the support that startups need and encourages small business development throughout our community.”
The University of Georgia SBDC has partnered with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett to host this contest since its inception in 2010. “The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is such an impactful way of celebrating Gwinnett’s small business community and offering essential business development resources at the same time,” commented said Mark Butler, Area Director at The University of Georgia SBDC. “We are pleased to be a partner of this awards program for the fifth year and we’re excited to see the growth in local small business and entrepreneurship.”
The winner of the Pre-Venture category will receive a scholarship to the SBDC Start Smart program ($495 value) and accounting services from John Dillard, CPA ($300 value). All contestants receive a free Business Plan class at the SBDC.
New this year is an Amazing Entrepreneur reception, where attendees will get the chance to vote in a new special Pre-Venture category, for the Best Investment Opportunity. The winner will receive one pass to attend the Gwinnett Chamber’s Small Business Summit ($59 value).
The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest platinum sponsors are Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (Jackson EMC), LAN Systems and The Myers Group and Silver sponsors are Creative Contacting and Metro Atlanta Chamber.
“I am encouraged by the success of the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest and its role in fostering successful businesses, a contributor to the growth and economic stability of this community,” said Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett District Manager for Jackson EMC.
The contest’s Established Business category is open to Gwinnett companies with a current business license that have been in operation for up to 36 months. The Pre-Venture category is open to businesses not yet in operation.
Applications will be accepted beginning today, November 13, through February 20, 2015. Winners will be announced during the Gwinnett Chamber’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards in April.
Applicants will be judged based on the business plan summary. Full contest rules and details are available on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest website.
For more information on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit www.amazingentrepreneurcontest.com.
For more information on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, please visit www.gwinnettentrepreneur.com. To receive updates and reminders on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, click here.
Pictured above (L to R): Chuck Warbington, Gwinnett Place CID; Troels Adrian, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development; Dr. Dan Kaufman, Gwinnett Chamber; Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners; Judy Jordan Johnson, City of Lawrenceville
Swedish-based medical device company adds 24,000 square feet and invests close to $1 million
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 29, 2014 – Mölnlycke Health Care, a market leader in the development and manufacturing of professional healthcare, wound care and surgical brands, joined a Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development delegation from its global headquarters in Gothenburg Sweden to announce the expansion of its North America region headquarter operations in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia. The announcement represents a nearly $1 million capital investment for the community.
This announcement comes while representatives from both Gwinnett County and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development are visiting Europe, participating in an international business mission. While there, the delegation visited Mölnlycke’s headquarters in Gothenberg, Sweden.
Mölnlycke’s 24,000 square foot expansion, located at 5500 Peachtree Parkway, in the City of Peachtree Corners, will house sales leadership, marketing, IT, finance and a number of other back office support roles. The company made the strategic decision to invest in its U.S. Commercial business, focusing on new business areas, which include over-the-counter/retail and post acute care products.
“Mölnlycke is constantly seeking new product innovations. The North American headquarter expansion reinforces our position as a global leader in advanced wound care,” said Rob Rayl, Vice President of U.S. Wound Care Sales. “The expansion will also bring further investment and new competencies to the local area, contributing to the economy here in Gwinnett and Peachtree Corners.”
Mölnlycke Health Care is committed to doubling sales over the next 6 years. This strategy will have a significant and positive impact on the North American headquarter operation headcount.
“Mölnlycke Health Care’s expansion is great news for the City of Peachtree Corners,” stated Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “Their ability to deliver innovation to the marketplace is a win for our community. We are proud of the company’s success.”
One of the most respected professional healthcare brands in the world, Mölnlycke is known for producing a unique, high quality range of products and innovative, patented technologies that allow patients to live better lives and help health care professionals efficiently treat more patients to better care. With over 7,400 employees across over 30 countries, the company is a leading health-care product manufacturer in the world.
“Gwinnett County is a leading life sciences hub in the Southeast,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “This expansion is a testament to our dynamic workforce, pro business climate and innovation opportunities. We look forward to Mölnlycke’s continued growth.”
Mölnlycke was represented on this project by Jeff Kelley, Senior Vice President and Principal, of Colliers International Atlanta. “The new space provides an opportunity for Mölnlycke to continue to expand its U.S. headquarter operations and solidify its long term commitment to the Peachtree Corners submarket.”
In addition to its commitment to innovation, Mölnlycke has been recognized for its successful efforts to bring manufacturing to the U.S. Last year, the company opened a second manufacturing facility in Brunswick, Maine.
“Gwinnett County continues to be a strong draw for companies like Mölnlycke,” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. “It’s another proof point that our community has entered a new chapter in its economic history—one in which global brands see Gwinnett as a place where they can invest and grow.”
To learn more about Mölnlycke, please visit www.molnlycke.com.