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Six companies and individuals recognized for excellence in imagination, innovation and influence
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) December 10, 2014—Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development held the 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Economic Outlook at Gwinnett Technical College’s Busbee Center. Presented by Jackson EMC, the event highlighted the initiative’s achievements over the past four quarters and was attended by more than 175 community and business leaders.
“Gwinnett County is proud to be closing out yet another successful year in economic development including more than 1,600 new jobs and $125 million in capital investment,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, who delivered opening remarks.“Our success is a testament to the community’s collaborative approach to economic development through the work of the Partnership Gwinnett team.”
The Outlook conference highlighted Gwinnett’s economic development ‘wins’ in 2014, including a total of 23 relocations and expansions. Almost one third of the expansions and relocations were international companies. Since the launch of Partnership Gwinnett in 2007, 53 of Gwinnett’s 179 business wins were international companies.
In addition to the Gwinnett’s global success story, it was clear at yesterday’s event that the startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem in this community are accelerating. Of the six award winners announced, four were recognized for their contributions to this ecosystem.
Community leaders Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager for the City of Snellville and Dan King, chapter leader of the Gwinnett Angels, were both recognized for their facilitation of startup initiatives.
Van Otteren founded a young entrepreneur alliance that has resulted in a student shark tank and a special class of business licenses for student businesses.
Gwinnett resident and board member of Atlanta Technology Angels, Dan King, led the charge to create a Gwinnett Chapter of ATA. Since its launch, members have seen presentations from eleven companies have invested more than $200,000, with approximately half that figure directed to Gwinnett startups.
In the Innovation category, Jose Hevia, owner of Cheeky Mexican Taqueria in Suwanee, was recognized for the RFID-enabled beer wall concept he invented. DraftServ Technologies has garnered nationwide attention from the likes of Major League Baseball, Good Morning America and even late night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon.
Lawrenceville entrepreneur Sam Tesh was recognized for his innovation as the CEO and founder of Loudfund, a new model of financing artists where fans fund projects and artists share royalties and rewards with their investors. This innovative startup is similar to other crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, but caters specifically to musicians.
“The recognition of our efforts on behalf of Partnership Gwinnett are just another example of the momentum of the tech and start up ecosystem in this community,” said Tesh. “We launched Loudfund here because we knew that Gwinnett’s support of and engagement with entrepreneurs would help maximize the success of our company.”
Eagle Rock Studio Atlanta and Gwinnett County Public Schools rounded out the list of 2014 award winners.
The 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Economic Outlook sponsors and supporters include:
Presenting Sponsor: Jackson EMC
Keynote Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Platinum Sponsors: Gwinnett Village CID and City of Suwanee
Gold Sponsors: Comcast, Merial, Pond & Company, Primerica and Quantum Bank
Silver Sponsors: ADP, BB&T, CAB Incorporated, MetroPower and Precison Planning,
Corporate Sponsors: Atkins, Georgia Power and MDA
Community Partners: Greater Gwinnett Championship and Leadercast
To learn more about the efforts of the award-winning Partnership Gwinnett initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.
Cabinet manufacturer opens nearly 100,000 square foot showroom and distribution center
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) December 5, 2014- Chinese cabinet manufacturer, LifeArt Cabinetry, in partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, celebrated the expansion of its U.S. headquarters in, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia. The 95,920 square foot facility provides showroom and distribution space for the growing company.
“Due to the upswing in the building market, the demand for quality cabinets at the wholesale level has increased,” stated Cecil Zhang, Vice President of LifeArt Cabinetry. “We are excited to better serve our customers in this new facility, as well as establish our commitment to the community by making this location the site of our U.S. headquarters. As we continue to grow and expand, we are confident that this location will support our growth and allow us to enjoy sustained success in the future.”
Located at 6700 Best Friend Rd., LifeArt Cabinetry will continue to own and operate a manufacturing plant in China.
“Gwinnett County is committed to creating an economic environment that encourages its businesses to grow,” Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash stated. “LifeArt Cabinetry’s strong international presence and continued growth make Gwinnett the ideal location for its U.S. headquarters.”
Craig Viergever, Executive Vice President and Principal with Lee & Associates, who represented the seller, is credited with assisting the company in acquiring their new headquarters.
“LifeArt Cabinetry’s new space provides an excellent opportunity for continued expansion in the Metro Atlanta market and the United States,” stated Viergever. “The property at 6700 Best Friend is uniquely suited for LifeArt in that it provides exceptional access for their customers and is logistically advantageous for receiving and distribution of cabinets and related goods.”
“This new showroom is in the heart of Gwinnett’s commercial district and a short distance from Atlanta, which is a valuable resource for bringing and growing new business in the County,” stated Chuck Warbington, Executive Director, Gwinnett Village CID. “The future is bright for LifeArt Cabinetry and we are excited to have them as a part of our thriving business community.
LifeArt Cabinetry represents the ninth global announcement this year for Gwinnett County, which is home to more than 600 internationally based businesses and more than a dozen China-based companies.
“Our team works to retain and expand global headquarters in Gwinnett and we are confident that LifeArt Cabinetry’s expansion will be advantageous to the future of the company and our community,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. “We applaud LifeArt Cabinetry on their continued growth, which highlights the resources available to companies in Gwinnett and speaks to the economic vitality of the metro Atlanta region.”
LifeArt started as a retail cabinet center in 2011 and had become a leading maker of ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinet lines, in both framed and frameless styles.
For more information on LifeArt Cabinetry, please visit www.lifeartcabinetry.com.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.
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.