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Partnership Gwinnett Reception Welcomes New Gwinnett Businesses to Community

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

New Company Reception recognizes job creation, relocations, and expansion

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 24, 2015- Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development welcomed the County’s recently relocated and expanded businesses at its annual New Company Reception. The event, attended by nearly 120 business leaders and more than 20 new and expanding organizations to Gwinnett, honored companies for their growth, success, and investment in the community.

“Gwinnett County has a proud tradition of innovation, a talented workforce and a competitive business climate,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We thank these companies for selecting Gwinnett as the place to grow their businesses and we wish them all continued success.”

Attendees included representatives from 5Q Partners, ADMA BioCenters, Adrian Collaborative, AMF Bake Tech, Black Mermaid’s Handcrafted Soaps and Products, Dasan USA, Diversified Labeling Solutions, DraftServ Technologies, Eagle Rock Distributing, foresight USA, Haso USA, HighChem America, KRAIBURG TPE, Luckie & Co., Millennium Mat Company, Mölnlycke Health Care, Relus Technologies, Salude, Sortimo and Validation & Engineering Group. Company representatives were given an opportunity to share why they chose to expand within or relocate to the area.

German-founded manufacturer of Thermoplastic Elastomers, KRAIBURG TPE, broke ground in November 2014 on its 65,000- square-foot, $15 million Americas headquarters in Gwinnett. Jeff Frankish, Managing Director for KRAIBURG TPE said, “We are committed to growing in this community, and our state-of-the-art facility will provide additional space to support our future growth and allow us to take advantage of the new location’s convenient access to metro Atlanta.”

New and expanding small businesses and startup companies were also in attendance, including 2014 Amazing Entrepreneur winner, Denise Zannu, Founder and CEO of Black Mermaid’s Handcrafted Soaps and Products, and recently launched technology solutions provider, 5Q Partners.

“Gwinnett’s collaborative environment, top-ranked educational institutions and access to skilled IT professionals has established the community as a hub for technology. These were all important factors for us when deciding to start our business here. It’s a decision that we’re expecting to yield us success in the years to come,” said Trey Eiland, Founding Partner for 5Q Partners.

The County’s community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, was launched in 2007 to recruit, retain, and attract business to the community. In 2014, the initiative assisted with 23 relocations or expansions, facilitating 1,645 new jobs and more than $125 million in capital investment for Gwinnett County.

“It’s our privilege to provide a platform for these companies to introduce themselves and for us celebrate their commitment to our community,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “These companies are proof that our team’s efforts to attract growing companies to Gwinnett are effective and that we are providing them with the opportunities and the resources they need to grow.”

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

Comcast Expands Regional Headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

Comcast Expands Regional Headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Company to add 150 new jobs; relocating 532 local employees to new Gwinnett County location

 (GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 17, 2015 – Governor Nathan Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, today announced that Comcast, the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers, has selected the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia as the site of its new regional headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and relocating the company’s existing 532 full-time local employees.

“Our new regional headquarters in Peachtree Corners puts us in a larger, more modern environment, allowing us to better meet the needs of our customers across our service area,” said Doug Guthrie, Comcast’s Regional SVP. “I want to thank Governor Deal, Commissioner Carr, Chairman Nash, our partners from the state, the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County and Partnership Gwinnett for their terrific support.”

Comcast’s new 88,000-square-foot state-of-the-art location will feature four floors, a high-tech demonstration lab, and a Comcast University space for employee training and continuing education.

With the addition of its regional headquarters in Gwinnett County and a Technical Support Service Center in Fulton County, Comcast will add 300 new jobs across the two counties. This expansion is part of Comcast’s strategic plan to develop and maintain the most advanced broadband network in the region.

“I am pleased that Comcast has chosen to expand their regional headquarters in Gwinnett County,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Their decision to invest in Gwinnett speaks to our community’s many strengths – a pro-business environment, a talented workforce, and quality of life factors such as nationally recognized schools and parks.”

Comcast is one of the state’s largest employers with over 4,000 employees, with a 20-year record of spending over $200 million per year in Georgia. The company operates nearly 190 facilities, offices and call centers statewide.

“Comcast’s announcement is such exciting news, and I look forward to the positive impact their expanded regional headquarters will have on Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett County,” said District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard. “I appreciate their confidence in Gwinnett and wish them continued success.”

The state’s largest Wi-Fi provider, Comcast has invested in expanding its 10-gigabit fiber network that serves businesses, government agencies and other commercial organizations across greater Atlanta, providing the fastest broadband speeds available. In the last year, the company has deployed several hundred thousand local Wi-Fi hotspots in businesses, homes and in popular outdoor venues, allowing a virtually seamless online experience for customers.

“We celebrate the expansion of Comcast in the City of Peachtree Corners. The 150 new and well-paying jobs their presence will bring is a win for our community.” said Mayor Mike Mason.

“Gwinnett Economic Development consistently works to attract top innovators, such as Comcast, to our community,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.  “Telecommunications is undoubtedly a fast-growing industry in the nation and our goal is to continue developing tech talent that is attractive to companies like Comcast and to provide opportunities for businesses to grow and expand in the County.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Director of Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment, Lindsay Martin, assisted with this project, in collaboration with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development/Partnership Gwinnett.

To learn more about Comcast, please visit http://www.comcastcorporation.com.

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

Validation & Engineering Group Expands U.S. Operations to Gwinnett County

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Validation & Engineering Group Expands U.S. Operations to Gwinnett County

Engineering company creates 20 new jobs, invests close to $3 million

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) January 26, 2015 –Validation& Engineering Group (V&EG), an engineering company providing regulatory compliance services to Food and Drug Administration regulated companies, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the opening of its U.S. operations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The announcement represents another internationally based win for the community, with a close to $3 million capital investment and 20 new jobs to be added over the next two years.

Located at 2180 Satellite Blvd., the new facility will house V&EG’s regulatory compliance services, product development, technical support, qualifications, control system solutions, instrumentation, and training.

“V&EG selected Gwinnett because of the growing opportunities that the area has to offer,” said Ronald Pacheco, co-founder of V&EG. “Selecting Gwinnett County was strategic for us, because of its proximity to an international airport and interstates, as well as access to an excellent pool of skilled engineering and science professionals from colleges and universities within the region. We are very enthusiastic about this new project and we’re convinced that this is the right place to be in order to grow our business.”

A provider of biotech, pharmaceutical and engineering services required by Federal and European Health regulatory agencies, this year, the company began offering its specialized services within the Southeastern region of the United States, making Gwinnett a promising selection for its first U.S. presence.

“Validation & Engineering Group’s decision to establish its U.S. operations in Gwinnett County speaks to the high-caliber talent found here,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “With a vast network of biotech companies and direct access to the world’s busiest airport, it’s clear that V&EG is well equipped for future growth.”

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, stated, “Metro Atlanta is the premier location for international business and Gwinnett County welcomes this global engineering leader to our community. We are thrilled to add another company to the ranks of the more than 600 internationally based businesses that already call Gwinnett home.”

“Engineering and health sciences industries are growing nationwide and we are delighted that Validation & Engineering Group has chosen to grow right here in Gwinnett,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “This expansion speaks to Gwinnett’s ability to develop and foster skilled talent and to attract thriving international companies like V&EG to our community.”

Founded in 1997, V&EG employs 123 people in its centralized operations in Guaynabo,  Puerto Rico, near the San Juan metropolitan area. The company is one of the most respected validations and engineering companies in Puerto Rico and employs professionals in the fields of engineering and science. V&EG’s client list includes: Novartis, Allergan, Boston Scientific, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Procter and Gamble, Pfizer, St. Jude Medical and many others.

To learn more about Validation & Engineering Group, please visit www.veg-group.com.

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

5Q Partners Announces Launch of Business

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Small Business | Comments Off

5Q Partners Announces Launch of Business

IT services company opens headquarters in Peachtree Corners’ Tech Park

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) January 13, 2015 – 5Q Partners, joined with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development  to announce the launch of its company in the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. 5Q Partners is an IT services and consulting company providing technology solutions to senior business leaders in midsized companies.

The office located at 6200 The Corners Parkway in Peachtree Corners’ Technology Park, will serve as the headquarters for the company. A spin off of Wells Real Estate Funds, 5Q Partners has an established business base in Gwinnett County.

“This community has always been a hub for growing and expanding technology companies as well as a central meeting spot for our company’s founders,” said Trey Eiland, Founding Partner of 5Q Partners. “We fully expect to experience significant growth in 2015 and our new headquarters will enable us to develop new products, expand our capabilities, and reach new markets.”

This announcement is one of several recent business wins for the County and the City of Peachtree Corners, continuing to build its reputation as a leading hub for technology in the Southeast. 5Q Partners joins more than 1,100 technology companies currently located in Gwinnett.

“Gwinnett County offers technology companies like 5Q Partners access to an educated workforce and the type of collaborative, pro business environment that they need to thrive,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissions Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are thrilled that 5Q Partners has decided to build a technology business in our community and look forward to witnessing their future success.”

A key business district in Peachtree Corners, the 500-acre Technology Park is home to more than 7,000 technology professionals.

“Technology Park was created to offer a supportive environment for technology companies to build and grow,” said Mayor Mike Mason, City of Peachtree Corners. “5Q Partners’ decision to start up in Peachtree Corners reaffirms Peachtree Corner’s long history of innovation and success. We welcome 5Q Partners to the community.”

“The launch of new businesses like 5Q Partners is an indicator of a promising entrepreneurial ecosystem here in the community,” said Mark Farmer, Director of Entrepreneurship & Information Services for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “As the economy continues to improve, the company will have a ready pool of customers to fuel their growth.”

5Q Partners’ service offerings include outsourced IT leadership and operations, business/IT alignment and tactical assessments, as well as integration projects.  With over 100 years of combined information technology experience and another combined 50 years’ experience in the Real Estate / Financial vertical, 5Q has the right tools to make sure their clients receive the right solutions and great service every time.

For more information on 5Q Partners, please visit www.5QPartners.com.

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

 

Partnership Gwinnett Hosts Economic Outlook Conference and Annual Awards Luncheon

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Partnership Gwinnett Hosts Economic Outlook Conference and Annual Awards Luncheon

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.