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Hussmann Expands Workforce in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Education & Workforce Development, Featured, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Hussmann Expands Workforce in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

World-class manufacturer creates 50 new jobs

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 30, 2014 – Hussmann, Corp., in partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced the addition of new skilled trade jobs at their facility in Gwinnett County, Georgia today. A leader in the manufacturing, selling, installing, and servicing of display equipment and refrigeration systems in the retail food industry, Hussmann’s workforce expansion will add 50 jobs to metro Atlanta, through Georgia Quick Start.

“We are excited to expanding our skilled workforce in Gwinnett. The additional positions will dramatically improve our production efficiencies, to better serve our clients,” stated Andre King, Human Resources Manager for Hussmann. “We are continually increasing our refrigeration systems area operation and this investment is a first step toward our sustained growth.”

Hussmann will host a Skilled Trades Career Fair on Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, in Lawrenceville, GA. The company will be conducting on-site interviews for brazers (pipers), mechanical testers, electrical testers, welders and painters. Email resumes to Recruiting@hussmann.com.

“Hussmann’s investment in Gwinnett County speaks to the strength of our community and their confidence in the quality of our workforce,” said Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks. “This announcement is an excellent example of our economic vitality, as they create jobs for Gwinnett families and further strengthen our local manufacturing base.”

Georgia Quick Start is a free customized training program that helps companies maintain a competitive advantage by preparing workers with specific skill sets that they are seeking to develop in their employees. Training is conducted in classrooms, mobile labs or onsite at the company and is provided at no charge by the Technical College System of Georgia.

“Congratulations to Hussmann and Quick Start – partnerships like this one are key to our economic development successes,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “This announcement puts the spotlight on two of our greatest economic development assets – our skilled workforce and our top-ranked workforce development program.”

“Continued investment and job creation in our state by successful, growing companies like Hussmann is one reason Georgia was again named the No. 1 state for doing business,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner for Economic Development Programs and Head of Quick Start. “Helping Georgia’s existing industries continue to thrive is an essential part of our mission at Quick Start, and it’s an honor to help Hussmann continue bringing good jobs to Georgians.”

Hussmann’s Quick Start training was provided through Gwinnett Technical College. The college will provide additional support for their ongoing training needs.

“We are delighted to be working with Hussmann on this Georgia Quick Start project. Their expansion and the new jobs their growth creates underscores the role that workforce development and a skilled labor force plays in economic development in our region,” said David McCulloch, vice president of Economic Development, Gwinnett Technical College.

“As a global manufacturer, Hussmann has a choice in where to locate new jobs as their business grows. We are proud that they chose Gwinnett for this type of expansion. Our resources, including a strong workforce, expansive infrastructure and strategic partnerships, have created one of the top business climates in the country and we look forward to seeing Hussmann’s future achievements,” said Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.

Hussmann Corporation is a refrigerated products and solutions provider that increases visual merchandising, lowers energy consumption and improves operating performance of new and existing stores. Hussmann enables excellence in the food retail industry and serves a variety of customers including supermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores and dollar stores.

To learn more about Hussmann, Corp., please visit www.hussmann.com. For more information on Gwinnett’s local economic development efforts, visit gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

Gwinnett Medical Center Opens Strickland Family Medicine Center

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Featured, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Gwinnett Medical Center Opens Strickland Family Medicine Center

State-of-the-art facility built to better serve metro Atlanta

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 23, 2014- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development celebrates with Gwinnett Medical Center on the opening of its $1.35 Strickland Family Medicine Center, offering a range of treatment options from newborn care to geriatrics, and including maternity care. The facility will create 40 new jobs, five of which will be new resident physicians.

“Through the generosity of Clyde and Sandra Strickland, the Strickland Family Medicine Center increases the scope of services we will offer, impacting our patients, family medicine residents and community,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “We are leaders in addressing the opportunities in our healthcare system and meeting community needs, and are strongly positioned to drive improvements in quality and care, to the thousands of people we serve.”

The newly built 9,400-square-foot facility is located on Gwinnett Medical Center’s existing campus on Duluth Highway. The center will be used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the hospital and allow it to remain at the forefront of emerging healthcare technology.

“We are pleased that the Stricklands chose to invest in such a significant way to our community,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are proud that Gwinnett is able to cultivate a strong, educated workforce, creating healthy environment for continued growth and expansion.”

As the primary clinical teaching site for the new Family Medicine Residency Program, the center will provide educational opportunities for residents, medical students, and other allied health professional students. Graduate medical education faculty will work alongside the residents at the family medicine center to provide exceptional patient care.

“The creation of quality jobs is the fundamental goal of economic development,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Today’s opening of the new Strickland Family Medicine Center epitomizes that goal and supports Georgia’s efforts to balance the physician-to-patient ratio so greatly needed for our ever-growing population. We are grateful to Gwinnett Medical for their continued commitment to healthcare in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett and the Metro Atlanta area.”

“The strength of the healthcare industry is a major element in our sustained success as a county,” commented Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO, Dr. Dan Kaufman. “As the Gwinnett Chamber brings all aspects of the community together, it is good to know that healthcare will continue to be a vital industry for economic growth in the community.”

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually.

For more information on Gwinnett Medical Center, please visit www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

AMF BakeTech to Expand Regional Facility in Gwinnett County

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Featured, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

AMF BakeTech to Expand Regional Facility in Gwinnett County

Metro Atlanta manufacturer creates 65 jobs, invests $4 million

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 10, 2014 – AMF BakeTech, a manufacturer of industrial bakery equipment, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to announce the consolidation and expansion of its regional manufacturing and engineering facility in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The growth in this location represents 65 new jobs and $4 million in capital investment for the Gwinnett community.

“We have grown substantially over the past five years across three separate buildings. This move represents a strategic point for our business that is essential to our continued success,” said Stephen Smith, President, AMF BakeTech. “As we consolidate multiple facilities into one, we will now be able to further develop new products and operate more efficiently.”

AMF BakeTech, a subsidiary of AMF Bakery Systems, designs and manufactures industrial bakery equipment, including ovens; conveyor systems; and continuous proofers, which provide accurate humidity control for dough during the fermentation process. AMF BakeTech will consolidate its three existing Atlanta facilities into a newly built, 63,000-square-foot building, expanding its footprint by more than 18,000 square feet. The LEED certified building, located at 5359 Royal Woods Parkway in the Royal Atlanta Business Park, will house the company’s engineering, operations, procurement, sales, and accounting departments.

“It is a sure sign that our pro-business environment is thriving when innovative companies such as AMF BakeTech expand in Georgia,” said Chris Carr, commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “AMF BakeTech reflects the kind of innovation that we seek to cultivate. With a solid network of manufacturing companies, as well as access to advanced research generated by our universities, I have no doubt that AMF BakeTech will continue to succeed in our state.”

AMF BakeTech’s products are used in the large-scale production of sliced bread, hamburger buns, hotdog buns, and other baked products worldwide for customers including supermarket bread makers and fast food chains.

“We are pleased to welcome AMF BakeTech to the Gwinnett community. The company’s investment in our County is affirmation of the strength of our economy, jobs market, and manufacturing base. We look forward to their continued growth and success,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash.

Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development works to recruit, retain and expand manufacturing companies to the County. Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, said, “A large amount of our effort focuses on the attraction and growth of research and development-driven manufacturers. The County’s labor force, access to international markets, and superior quality of life provides the perfect environment in which advanced equipment companies, such as AMF BakeTech, to thrive.”

AMF Bakery Systems is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with additional manufacturing operations located in Sherbrook, Canada and Tianjin, China. The company operates sales offices internationally in Mexico, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Netherlands, China, Singapore and United Arab Emeritus. AMF Bakery Systems is the parent company of BakeTech and a subsidiary of Markel Corporation (NYSE – MKL).

To learn more about AMF BakeTech, visit www.amfbakery.com or www.baketech.com. For more information on Gwinnett’s local economic development efforts, visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

Technology Startup, Alive Studios, Inc., Launches in Gwinnett County

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Featured, Gwinnett, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Technology Startup, Alive Studios, Inc., Launches in Gwinnett County

Augmented reality company developing software for interactive classroom learning

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 9, 2014 – Cynthia Kaye, former CEO of Logical Choice Technologies, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to announce the launch of Alive Studios, Inc., a new vision for interactive classroom education. Dedicated to engaging early learners using augmented reality, the company is the first of its kind in the K-12 marketplace. Alive Studios is expected to create more than 30 new jobs over the next three years for the metro Atlanta community.

“This is a teacher-focused, research-driven team that is passionate about innovating great solutions to get our students engaged and excited about learning,” said Kaye, Alive Studios Founder.

“We applaud Alive Studios on its launch and efforts to better improve how we educate the next generation,” said Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. “We are confident they will find the support, resources, and connections in Gwinnett County that will ensure continued growth and success.”

Alive Studios is now the sole developer and supporter of the former Logical Choice Technologies’ flagship products: Letters alive®, Math alive™, and Storybooks alive™. Each product incorporates the use of computer-generated augmented reality technology (3-D without glasses) into games, activities, and lessons. The supplements are designed to help students grasp key concepts in reading and math.

“Cynthia’s story is a classic entrepreneurship tale. She saw the potential of augmented reality as an instructional tool, and built a line of products and a company around it. Guided by her insight and drive, Alive Studios is poised for real growth,” commented Mark Farmer, Director of Entrepreneurship and Information Services for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.

Alive Studios, Inc. will make its first public appearance at booth 3078 during the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, GA, June 28-July 1. Although Alive Studios’ products are used in more than 30 states and 10 countries, all development, programming, art, and animation work is performed in Georgia.

To learn more about Alive Studios, please visit www.alivestudiosco.com.

For more information on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s efforts to support and foster entrepreneurship and small business in the community, please visit www.gwinnettentrepreneur.com.

Dasan Machineries to Create 150 Jobs in Gwinnett County

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Gwinnett, Korea, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Dasan Machineries to Create 150 Jobs in Gwinnett County

Korea-based defense manufacturer invests $30 million in the City of Duluth

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) May 15, 2014 – Governor Nathan Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, announced today that Dasan Machineries Co., Ltd will locate its United States headquarters and manufacturing facility – Dasan USA Inc. – in the City of Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. The announcement represents 150 new jobs and $30 million in investment over the next three years for the metro Atlanta community.

“Our longstanding business relationship with Korea is evident when state-of-the-art companies such as Dasan Machineries choose Georgia when they expand in this country,” said Deal. “Dasan Machineries’ decision to move its first U.S. headquarters here is a testament to Georgia’s top-ranked workforce, interconnected highways and railway systems.”

For more than twenty years, Dasan Machineries has been a high-precision machining manufacturer of steel parts and components for the defense, auto and avionic industries. The Georgia facility represents Dasan’s first manufacturing operations in the U.S. The location will also house the company’s operations previously established in Orange County, CA.

“We were drawn to Gwinnett County and the State of Georgia because of the pro-business environment, skilled workforce and existing infrastructure that is available in the region,” stated Jin Noh, President of Dasan USA. “We were further excited to learn that Duluth is the center of Georgia’s Korean-American community. As a family-owned business, we place high value on being locally involved and hope to positively contribute to the area’s growth and success for years to come.”

“Georgia’s manufacturing hub is gaining global recognition,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Dasan Machineries’ job creation adds to the roughly one-third of Georgians in the automotive industry who are employed by Korean companies and I am confident that our qualified talent pool will further the success of this qualified company.”

The announcement was made during a visit to Dasan’s global headquarters in South Korea by a Partnership Gwinnett-led delegation, which includes Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, City of Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, and Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. The delegation is on a five-day business mission trip to explore trade opportunities, recruit investment and build relationships in the region.

“It was a pleasure to meet Byung Hak Kim, Dasan Machineries’ CEO and Owner, during our trade mission and personally thank him for investing in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia. Dasan’s strong global presence, high-quality products, and continued growth make it a welcome addition to our international business community,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash.

“This is a great win for Duluth and we are thrilled to count Dasan as one of our newest businesses. We look forward to connecting our residents with the high-wage manufacturing jobs this facility brings to our community,” said City of Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris.

Dasan Machineries represents the fourth global announcement this year for Gwinnett County, which is home to more than 500 internationally based businesses and more than a dozen Korea-based companies.

“Major international announcements, such as this one, are the primary reason we conduct business mission trips to countries in our two target regions of Asia and Europe,” stated Masino. “Our global business program continues to cultivate jobs, investment, and raise the profile for Gwinnett County around the world.”

Bill Dobbs, GDEcD Director of the ADAM (Aerospace, Defense, Advanced Manufacturing) team and Lonnie Smallwood with Electric Cities of Georgia, assisted the company on behalf of the state of Georgia. Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, represented Gwinnett County. Chris McGahee, Economic Development Manager for Duluth worked on behalf of the City. Greg Dickerson of King Industrial Realty and Robb Draughon, NAI Brannen Goddard jointly represented the previous building owner in the transaction that brought Dasan to Duluth.

Hiring for the new facility has already begun. Interested candidates should contact dasan@dasanusa.com.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.