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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.

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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.

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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

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LifeArt Cabinetry Expands U.S. Headquarters in Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

LifeArt Cabinetry Expands U.S. Headquarters in Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta

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.

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KRAIBURG TPE Breaks Ground in Gwinnett County

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Georgia, Global Business, Gwinnett, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

KRAIBURG TPE Breaks Ground in Gwinnett County

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.”

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