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Georgia Named Number-One State in U.S. for Business Climate

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in News & Media | Comments Off

Georgia Named Number-One State in U.S. for Business Climate

Governor Nathan Deal along with senior executives from Gulfstream, Home Depot and UPS gathered at the State Capitol to announce that Georgia is the “#1 Business Climate in the Nation” according to Site Selection magazine.

Taiwan-Based Shini Plastics Technologies, LLC Chooses Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

Taiwan-Based Shini Plastics Technologies, LLC Chooses Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Equipment supplier opens Americas Headquarters, invests $4 million in City of Suwanee

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 4, 2014 – A subsidiary of Shini Group, Shini Plastics Technologies, LLC, in partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, celebrated the opening of its new Americas Headquarters and Technical & Logistics Center in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The announcement represents the first U.S. presence for the company and initially brings 10 new jobs and $4 million in capital investment to the metro Atlanta community. The 40,000-square-foot facility is located at 4189 Capital View Drive in the City of Suwanee.

“With Shini Plastics Technologies’ decision to establish its first U.S. headquarters in Georgia, it’s clear that our strong connection with the international business community is paying off,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Shini Plastics Technologies is an excellent addition to our solid advanced manufacturing network and the company will help Georgia remain a leader in the global marketplace.”

“Our well-knit, global distribution network covers more than 60 countries. When we decided to expand into the North and South American regions, Gwinnett County presented the ideal location to serve both of these markets,” stated Alan Chen, Sales and Marketing Director of Shini Plastics Technologies. “We are confident this facility will further enable us to meet the growing demand for our products and offer faster delivery, better pricing, stronger service, and unparalleled support to our customers.”

Shini Plastics Technologies supplies auxiliary equipment to manufacturers of plastic and rubber components. This new facility, modeled after similar centers already established in Poland, Germany, India and Northern Asia, houses a testing and technology area, warehouse, showroom, and offices.

“One of our main objectives as a community is to provide a pro-business environment that encourages growth and prosperity for existing and new companies. This investment announcement from Shini Plastics Technologies shows that Gwinnett County has the resources to foster growth in the logistics sector,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash.

The Suwanee facility has two focuses: to provide direct sales and support of automation equipment; and stocking and service support for size reduction, heat transfer, drying, blending, and material conveying groups.

“Shini Plastics Technologies is a worldwide leader in plastics manufacturing. This announcement proves we are able to compete on a global scale for new industry investment and job creation,” said City of Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette.

This announcement is one of several recent global business wins for the County, as it continues to build its reputation as a leading hub for global business in the Southeast. Shini joins 10 additional Taiwanese companies, and more than 500 internationally based businesses, currently located in Gwinnett.

“Our team maintains a strong focus on attracting investment from Asia – a region that is paving the way in technology for many industries,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “We appreciate that Shini – one such leading-edge company – has selected Gwinnett, and we welcome their presence in our fast-growing international business community.”

Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, Shini Group has manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, Pinghu, Ningbo and Chongqing (China) and Pune (India), as well as a logistics center in Poland for European markets and a sales office in Germany. The company employs more than 2,000 people worldwide.

To learn more about Shini Plastics Technologies, LLC, please visit www.shini.com.

For more information on Gwinnett’s local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

Diversified Labeling Solutions Expands in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Diversified Labeling Solutions Expands in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Labeling manufacturer more than doubles footprint, creates 15 jobs

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 3, 2014 – Diversified Labeling Solutions (DLS), in partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, celebrated the opening of its new, expanded facility in Gwinnett County, Georgia today. One of the largest independently owned label companies in the country, DLS’ expansion represents $1 million in investment and 15 production jobs for the metro Atlanta community.

“We are excited to open this expanded, state-of-the-art facility in Gwinnett, metro Atlanta. In addition to dramatically improving our production and distribution efficiencies, we have acquired more printing presses for the location to better serve our local and regional customers,” stated Herb Troyer, Atlanta’s General Manager for DLS. “Our motto, ‘We only succeed when you do,’ is the core of our business model and drives our continued investment in new equipment, technologies and systems for our clients.”

Located at 1790 Satellite Boulevard in unincorporated Gwinnett, the facility is now the second largest of DLS’ four national locations. The 63,354-square-foot building, more than 65% larger than the company’s original Gwinnett facility, will primarily manufacture and distribute products to customers in the Eastern United States.

“Diversified Labeling Solutions’ re-investment in Gwinnett County is a statement to their confidence in the quality of our workforce and continued economic vitality. We are thrilled they chose to stay and grow in our community, creating jobs for Gwinnett families and further strengthening our local manufacturing base,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash.

“Georgia’s interconnected logistics infrastructure continues to help innovative companies such as Diversified Labeling Solutions better reach its customers,” said Tom Croteau, Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner, Global Commerce. “With the company’s newest expansion, Georgia’s No. 1 business climate and top-ranked workforce will help Diversified Labeling Solutions improve its production and distribution.”

Diversified Labeling Solutions is a pressure sensitive label manufacturing company, producing both custom and stock labels. The company markets its products and services through an independent network of print distributors and re-sellers across the United States. DLS employs more than 160 people across four states including Georgia, Illinois, Nevada and Texas. Thirty-five employees are based in Gwinnett County.

“This announcement is yet another excellent example of expansion in our strong packaging and material handling industries – a trend that is making a significant economic impact on our community,” said Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Manufacturers continue to look to Gwinnett County as a prime location to better reach national markets and grow their business.”

Diversified Labeling Solutions has been recognized for its success and growth in recent years. The company was named the Largest Label and Tag Supplier, 4th Fastest-Growing Trade Printer, and 8th Largest Printing Partner by industry publication, Print Solutions Magazine, in 2013.

To learn more about Diversified Labeling Solutions, please visit www.teamdls.com.

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

Gwinnett-Based Millennium Mat Company Expands Corporate Headquarters

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Featured, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

Gwinnett-Based Millennium Mat Company Expands Corporate Headquarters

Manufacturer to add 50 new jobs at metro Atlanta facility

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 25, 2014 – Millennium Mat Company, the second largest manufacturer of industrial mats in the United States, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the relocation and expansion of its headquarter and manufacturing operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The announcement represents 50 new jobs and $9.5 million in capital investment for the community over the next five years.

Millennium Mat will move its operations from 3255 to 3200 Shawnee Industrial Way in the Suwanee area of Gwinnett County, a relocation which results in a doubling of office and manufacturing space. The leased 256,700-square-foot facility will house all domestic operations for the company.

“This announcement marks our largest expansion to date,” stated Ian Malpass, Founder and President of Millennium Mat Company. “Over the past few years, we’ve strategically invested in product development, manufacturing process improvements and employee recognition programs to ensure quality and efficiency in all we do and today’s announcement represents the fruits of this labor. We remain committed to producing innovative products and delivering excellent service to our partners and customers with this new space.”

“Millennium Mat Company’s expansion in Gwinnett County highlights Georgia’s leadership in the floor covering industry,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “With our interconnected highways and railways coupled with our top-ranked workforce, Millennium Mat Company will better provide for its customers across the globe with this new facility.”

The company plans to add state-of-the-art press and printing equipment to its expanded Gwinnett facility, further improving its manufacturing versatility and efficiency to allow for additional styles, shapes and sizes of mats. Millennium Mat also operates plants in the United Kingdom and India.

“Millennium Mat Company’s decision to remain and expand in Gwinnett County is a testament to our pro-business culture and strong economic environment,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are pleased Millennium Mat Company chose to call Gwinnett home nearly 15 years ago and look forward to their continued success.”

The expansion comes on the heels of Millennium Mat’s recent recognition as the 2014 Large Manufacturer of the Year during the annual Partnership Gwinnett Movers & Makers Awards. In addition to honoring Millennium Mat’s impact on the community and overall corporate responsibility, the awards specifically recognized the company’s innovative approach to workforce involvement and excellence. One such initiative in place, Pearls of Wisdom, promotes employee ideas that help streamline operations and, in turn, grow the company.

“Millennium Mat Company has proven to be a valuable asset to Gwinnett’s established manufacturing industry,” commented Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Through its continual development of market-leading products, processes and services, Millennium is yet another example of a Gwinnett-based company utilizing our skilled workforce and advanced infrastructure to create more jobs and investment for the County.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Project Manager Lindsay Martin represented the State of Georgia on this project. Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, worked to retain Millennium Mat Company in Gwinnett County. Nathan Anderson of NAI Brannen Goddard represented the building owner, Cobalt, in the transaction and Steve Taylor at The Taylor Company represented Millennium Mat.

To learn more about Millennium Mat Company, please visit www.millmats.com.

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

Global Shipping Company Creates 160 Jobs in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Global Shipping Company Creates 160 Jobs in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

United Arab Shipping Company invests multi-millions in City of Peachtree Corners

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 18, 2014 – Gov. Nathan Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, announced today that United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) will relocate its North American headquarters to Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners, investing double-digit millions and creating 160 new jobs for the community.

“The strength of our ports is attracting global logistics companies such as United Arab Shipping Company to increase their presence here,” said Deal. “With our skilled workforce and solid logistics infrastructure, it is clear that this state-of-the-art company will continue to support the boom of the shipping industry.”

The 50,000-square-foot facility, located off of Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners, will house shipping logistics, accounting, finance and customer service activities as well as executive management for the company’s North American operations. This new location will bring the company closer to skilled talent as well as its operations at the Port of Savannah.

“UASC believes that Atlanta is the ideal spot to house our North American Corporate office for a number of reasons,” said Dr. Anil Vitarana, president of United Arab Shipping – North America. “Traditionally we’ve had a strong presence in the South Atlantic market and we believe that the Metro Atlanta area will offer us access to a pool of skilled employees. The excellent global airline network and the quality of life that the area will provide our staff also factored in our decision. In addition, we are excited about the prospect of bringing more than 160 new jobs to the Atlanta area.”

UASC was formed jointly between the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Iraq, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the purpose of connecting the Middle East to the rest of the world. Today, UASC is a market leader and one of the most prominent carriers in terms of liner cargo as well as port coverage.

“This new headquarters in Gwinnett County underscores the pro-business assets that exist in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our interconnected highways and waterways, combined with a ready-to-work community, create the ideal location for innovative companies like United Arab Shipping to relocate its headquarters.”

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, stated, “As metro Atlanta’s premier location for international business, Gwinnett County welcomes this global leader in shipping, and its U.S. headquarters, to our community. We are excited to add another firm to the ranks of more than 500 internationally based businesses that already call Gwinnett home.”

“We are delighted to welcome United Arab Shipping Company to Peachtree Corners,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “By recruiting United Arab Shipping’s U.S. headquarters to Gwinnett, we will add 160 high-wage jobs to our community. We look forward to helping our talented residents connect with the high-wage positions coming to our area.”

The UASC project was a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

“United Arab Shipping Company will add to a growing number of headquarters and logistics companies that have chosen to locate or expand their operations in Gwinnett County due to our skilled labor force, pro-business climate and exceptional infrastructure,” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “This relocation to Peachtree Corners is another win for our community and is evidence that Gwinnett County is a leading location for business in metro Atlanta and the Southeast.”

To learn more about the United Arab Shipping Company, please visit www.uasc.net.

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