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TravelSky Celebrates Opening of U.S. Development Center in Gwinnett

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

TravelSky Celebrates Opening of U.S. Development Center in Gwinnett

Leading tourism and airline IT solutions developer celebrates “opening day” for its state-of-the-art U.S. facility

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) September 16, 2014 – Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, and Georgia Department of Economic Development celebrated the opening of TravelSky’s U.S. R&D center today at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. TravelSky, a leading IT solutions developer for the airline and tourism industries, will house its operations in the Gwinnett Commerce Center in the Duluth area. The project, which is expected to create 30-50 jobs, represents a $10 million investment in the community.

“We are consistently seeking new ways to expand our information technology integration services worldwide, as we remain focused on diversification in the global travel market,” said Yuanchang Huang, Vice President of TravelSky. “We are grateful to Georgia for the opportunity to grow and build on our world-class standing business. One of our management philosophies is to provide an attractive working environment and a good place for professional development for our employees. The establishment of this U.S. R&D Center in Georgia will fulfill those objectives.”

Governor Nathan Deal officially announced TravelSky’s investment in August 2013, following a meeting with Huang in China. The Governor and a delegation of Georgia businesses, economic developers, and state officials went on a business mission to Asia to explore investment, trade, and tourism opportunities in the world’s fastest-growing economy.

“TravelSky is an excellent addition to our network of IT developers,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “With a vast network of critical data centers and an advanced workforce, as well as having access to the latest R&D resources from our universities and technical colleges, it makes sense that a highly technical company like TravelSky would choose Georgia to call home.”

“Gwinnett County maintains a strong foundation in the technology industry and global business,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “TravelSky’s choice to locate here speaks to the positive nature of our business mission in Asia and our community’s reputation as a leader in global business.”

“Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta region foster an excellent business environment for innovative global technology companies like TravelSky to thrive,” said Nick Masino, Sr. Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “From the development of new technology to offering high-wage job opportunities for the qualified workforce in Gwinnett, TravelSky truly brings a solid package of economic strength to the table and we are pleased to have them growing in Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta.”

The company reviewed sites across North America, including San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Toronto, before choosing Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta area.

Headquartered in Beijing, China, TravelSky employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and operates 12 branches, 9 affiliated companies, and 21 subsidiaries across Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Europe and the United States. TravelSky services 30 domestic airlines, nearly 200 regional and overseas airlines, 147 domestic airports, and 7,000 ticket agents. The company currently has a presence in 300 Chinese cities and 80 foreign cities.

For more information about TravelSky, please visit www.travelskyholdings.com/english.

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

 

Late-Stage Biotech Company ADMA Biologics Expands Donor Center in Gwinnett

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Late-Stage Biotech Company ADMA Biologics Expands Donor Center in Gwinnett

ADMA BioCenters opens expanded donor center and adds 20 new positions

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) September 4, 2014- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development celebrates with ADMA BioCenters (OTCQB: “ADMA”) on the re-opening of its $1.5 million addition to its FDA approved donor collection center to house its expanded donor collection services and add to its administrative suite. With a current staff of more than 45 people, the center will be used to increase effectiveness and efficiency and allow it to remain at the forefront of emerging healthcare technology. The 15,000-square-foot expanded facility is located at 6290 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Gwinnett County.

“Gwinnett County’s proximity to Atlanta has been an ideal location for maximizing our donor clientele as well as accessing some of the Nation’s leading biotech research and educational institutions,” stated Adam Grossman, Chief Executive Officer for ADMA Biologics, ADMA BioCenter’s parent company. “Our expanded facility will enable us to have immediate improved productivity and efficiency while allowing for more time and attention placed on donor care.”

“Gwinnett County offers an excellent technology infrastructure and a skilled and well educated workforce,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are proud ADMA BioCenters has chosen to further develop their business in Gwinnett and thank them for making this great investment in our community.”

ADMA BioCenters’ new state of the art donation center features include an expanded donor floor, additional physical exam rooms, screening booths and registration kiosks, increased administrative areas and extended days and hours of operation.

“The location of ADMA’s facility allows the organization access to the numerous assets available within the Gwinnett and North metro Atlanta region required for optimum donor center operation,” stated Nick Masino, Sr. Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “Our area boasts a strong position in the bioscience industry, with a global reach that is respected around the world. We are excited that ADMA BioCenters has continued to cultivate a thriving biotech business in our community and celebrate with them in this expansion.”

ADMA BioCenters is an FDA licensed plasma collection organization specializing in the collection of human plasma used to make medications for the treatment and prevention of certain diseases. Managed by a team of experts who have decades of experience in the specialized field of plasma collection, ADMA BioCenters provides a safe, professional and pleasant donation environment. For more information on ADMA BioCenters, please visit www.atlantaplasma.com or www.admabiologics.com.

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

Luckie & Company Expands in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Luckie & Company Expands in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Company more than doubles space, plans for future growth

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) August 12, 2014 – Luckie & Company, a fully integrated advertising and marketing solutions agency, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to announce its expansion and new location in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. The site positions Luckie & Company within the Greater Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone, the County’s incentive zone in the Gwinnett Place area.

With the move to 3100 Breckinridge Bvd., Luckie & Company will more than double its 3,600-square footage facility to 10,000-square-feet, to accommodate their expansion from seven to 50 employees.

“As a growing technology driven and enabled company, our success depends on having access to a highly skilled workforce,” said John Gardner, president of Luckie & Company. “Not only have we found a highly skilled workforce in Gwinnett, we have felt welcomed here. We’re excited to extend our presence in the community, as we continue to use innovations in data-driven marketing solutions to support our clients in achieving a higher return on investment.”

Luckie & Company is a fully integrated advertising agency, representing such brands as Regions Bank, Piedmont Healthcare, AT&T, Little Debbie, Drake’s, GlaxoSmithKline and Mercedes-Benz.

“We are grateful to Luckie for choosing to expand their company in Gwinnett,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Gwinnett continues to be an ideal location for companies seeking a well-educated, highly skilled workforce, in a dynamic, innovative community.”

Luckie & Company is the second technology company in months to announce its location and expansion in the Greater Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone.
The Opportunity Zone (OZ) program offers a job tax credit for new or existing businesses that create two or more jobs in designated areas. The Greater Gwinnett Place Zone extends north and southward along I-85 from Steve Reynolds Boulevard exit to the Old Norcross Road overpass and east to west along Pleasant Hill Road from Club Drive to Old Norcross.

“The Greater Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone has proven to be a valuable resource for bringing and growing new business in the County,” stated Joe Allen, Executive Director of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District. “We are excited to witness Luckie & Company’s success in our business community and are in support of their future progress.”

“Gwinnett Economic Development is thrilled over the expansion of Luckie & Company,” stated Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “The data analytics industry will undoubtedly continue to grow nationwide and we are delighted that Luckie & Company has chosen to grow right here in Gwinnett. This is a testament to the commitment Gwinnett has made to developing and fostering the tech talent that is attractive to companies like Luckie & Company.”

Founded in 1953, Luckie & Company employs over 130 people serving both national and international clients. In 2011, Luckie acquired Atlanta-based Integrative Logic, an intelligence, digital and analytics company.

To learn more about Luckie & Company, please visit www.luckie.com.

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

DraftServ Announces Expansion of Business Operations

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

DraftServ Announces Expansion of Business Operations

Draft Beverage service provider brings 50 jobs to Gwinnett County

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) August 11, 2014 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development joined with metro Atlanta draft beverage service provider, DraftServ Technologies, to announce the expansion of their point-of-sale beverage system operations into cruise, hospitality and sports venue industries. They will double the size of their current 2,500-square-foot facility, located at 355 Brogdon Rd., Suite 207 in the Gwinnett County, to 5,000-square-feet and add 50 new positions over the next 12-24 months.

“Interest in our technology and our story has been tremendous,” said Jose Hevia, Founder and CEO of DraftServ Technologies and Founder of Cheeky Taqueria. “Our POS systems just debuted last month at the MLB All-Star game in Minneapolis. We have a wonderful partnership with Carnival Cruises. We’ve had the pleasure of working with ESPN to tell our story and we were even mentioned in Time Magazine, on Good Morning America and Jimmy Fallon in a recent show sketch. What great exposure we’re receiving for a product developed, produced and sold right here in Suwanee, Gwinnett.”

DST’s POS beverage technology existed in R&D form for approximately six years. The first of its kind in the world, this completely integrated beverage dispensing system allows more product selection and an interactive RFID solution. Suwanee’s popular Cheeky Taqueria, was the first restaurant in the United States to offer patrons the ability to pour beer from their tables using DST’s dispensing technology when it first opened in 2007. Since then Cheeky Taqueria has opened two more locations, each with the next best software development from DraftServ Technologies, including the first RFID Beer Wall in the world in 2010, and the first iPad integrated Beer Towers in 2012.

“By establishing our North American headquarters in Gwinnett County, we are centrally located, which enables us to better serve our clients,” stated Jeff Spence, CTO of DraftServ Technologies. “With numerous resources available and access to new and expanding markets, Gwinnett provides the ideal environment for us to continue to build our business.”

Formally launching its commercial system in 2013, DST has quadrupled its customer base and revenue over the past 12 months. As a result, DST will be adding engineering, finance, and sales and marketing positions aggressively over the next 12-24 months.
“Gwinnett County offers businesses like DraftServ Technologies, access to the infrastructure, educated workforce and pro-business environment they need to thrive,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We celebrate DraftServ Technologies’ decision to expand their investment in our community and look forward to seeing their continued success.”

In 2014 DST will also add draft soda, wine, and water to their product portfolio to support existing customer demand. They will also be installing DraftServ Systems in additional sports venues, several other cruise lines and will have DST Systems at Music Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia and upcoming music festivals in Las Vegas.

“The community couldn’t be more proud of this Gwinnett-created company and how they’re making such a formidable mark on the sports, hospitality and entertainment industries around the world,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “DraftServ chose to locate in Gwinnett, to access the type of research and development talent that will continue to set them apart as the leader in point-of-sale beverage technology.”

POS beverage systems increases efficiency by reducing the workload of those serving beverages, and in turn, reducing line-wait times and pouring waste.

To view the article “Beer dispensing system lands Suwanee company in national spotlight” in the Gwinnett Daily Post, please visit http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2014/aug/09/beer-dispensing-system-lands-suwanee-company-in/ .

For more information on DraftServ Technologies, please visit www.draftserv.com.

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

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.