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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).