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SELF Electronics USA Corporation Celebrates Expansion in Metro Atlanta

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in News & Media, Photo Galleries, Targeted Industries | Comments Off

SELF Electronics USA Corporation Celebrates Expansion in Metro Atlanta

LED lighting company opens new office and warehouse facility 

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) May 13, 2015 – Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, joined SELF Electronics USA Corporation to celebrate the expansion of its new office and warehouse operations in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia. Located at 3264 Saturn Ct., the company’s 28,000-square foot Peachtree Corners facility will house the company’s sales operation, technical support, as well as distribution of SELF Electronics’ LED products to major America retailers.

“This new warehouse and office space is vital to meeting our market’s demand for immediate availability of our products, as well as supporting the growth of our sales and marketing team,” said Vivian Wang, President of SELF Electronics USA. “By expanding our operations in Gwinnett, we are reinforcing our commitment to this community, as we increase our efficiency and provide quality energy saving LED products to our customers through the U.S.”

Governor Nathan Deal’s office presented a letter of commendation congratulating the company and highlighting SELF’s commitment to the local business community.

“SELF Electronics USA’s decision to expand in Gwinnett demonstrates that our logistics infrastructure and skilled manufacturers have what it takes to attract innovative companies to Georgia,” said Gov. Deal. “Our pro-business climate, solid network of companies and longstanding business relationship with China continue to support Georgia’s thriving international business community. I have no doubt that this leading global company will continue to find success in Gwinnett County.”

SELF Electronics’ announcement comes on the heels of multiple international relocation and expansion wins for Gwinnett County, which boasts a global business base of more than 600 companies. SELF Electronics is one of a growing number of companies from China with active operations in Gwinnett County.

“Companies like SELF Electronics play a significant role in Gwinnett’s diverse economy,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissions Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Our business climate is further strengthened when companies, such as SELF Electronics, choose to expand and grow in our community. We congratulate them on this great accomplishment.”

“We’re excited that SELF Electronics has chosen the City of Peachtree Corners as the site of this expansion,” said City of Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “SELF Electronics will be a welcomed addition to the growing list of innovative, global companies that call Peachtree Corners home.”

SELF Electronics designs, develops, and manufactures a wide range of optoelectronic products such as full series LED lamps, LED displays, LED drivers, sensors and control systems. With a strong R&D department and production capability, the company has produced many custom-designed, high-quality products that are favored by clients both for residential and commercial applications. SELF USA’s new facility currently houses 10 employees, a distribution warehouse, technical support and a showroom. This expansion will help SELF USA to accommodate 10 additional employees, supply more product lines and provide higher service levels to customers. SELF Electronics’ Headquarters in Ningbo, China has been rated among the biggest exporters and manufacturers in LED indoor lighting industry.  SELF also has a subsidiary in Cologne, Germany, and sales office locations in Paris, France and ShenZhen, China.

“We work with our partners to create a welcoming environment for international businesses seeking to expand or relocated operations to our community,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “As a result, many of the companies we support choose Gwinnett for their expansion into US markets and SELF Electronics is a perfect example of the sustained growth companies experience in this community. We wish them continued success.”

This project was a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnet Chamber Economic Development.

To learn more about Self Electronics USA, please visit www.self-electronics.com.

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

U.S. Go Goal Celebrates Opening of U.S. Headquarters in Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Small Business, Successes | Comments Off

U.S. Go Goal Celebrates Opening of U.S. Headquarters in Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta

Cabinet manufacturer opens new cabinet showroom and warehouse

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) May 7, 2015 – Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, joined U.S. Go Goal Cabinets to celebrate the open of its U.S. headquarters in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia. The 3,000-square foot showroom and 35,000 square-foot warehouse represents the company’s first U.S. presence.

“Gwinnett County will be an ideal location for us to grow our business, being centrally located in the Southeast,” said Ellis Zheng, President of U.S. Go Goal Cabinets, Inc. “We are excited to join the impressive list of other companies who found a new home in this community and we are confident that this location will allow us to enjoy great success.”

Located at 6480 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in the City of Peachtree Corners, U.S. Go Goal Cabinets’ hopes to attract skilled talent within the region with its numerous part and full time sales and warehouse positions that the company is currently recruiting to fill. The company plans to open three additional warehouses and create 20 positions in the next five years.

“Georgia has become a hub for international companies to locate their first U.S. operations,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “The dedicated group of economic development leaders in this community, coupled with the state’s vast international representation and a well-equipped workforce, not only help attract leading global companies such as U.S. Go Goal Cabinets to the state, but also enable international businesses to thrive here.”

“We welcome U.S. Go Goal Cabinets to the growing list of thriving international businesses who made Gwinnett County home,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissions Chairman Charlotte Nash. “With convenient access to an international airport, as well as a skilled workforce and a strong business community, U.S. Go Goal Cabinets has the resources needed to be successful.”

“We are excited to add another international company to the growing list of businesses in the City of Peachtree Corners,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “We wish them much success.”

U.S. Go Goal Cabinets represents one of several global announcements in recent months for Gwinnett County, which is home to more than 600 internationally based businesses and more than a dozen China-based companies.

“Companies like U.S. Go Goal chose Gwinnett as the site of their Americas headquarters because of our connectivity to regional, national and international resources and markets,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. “With the upswing in home building across the Nation, it is the perfect time for U.S. Go Goal to establish a U.S. presence, further highlighting Gwinnett as the premier location for global business.”

U.S. Go Goal Cabinets, Inc., a subsidiary of Chinese-based Roc Furniture Industrial Co., Ltd., designs, manufactures and sells kitchen cabinets to retail and wholesale markets. This project was a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnet Chamber Economic Development.

For more information about U.S. Go Goal Cabinets, Inc., please visit www.roccabinetry.com.

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

GEIGER Automotive To Open U.S. Facility in Gwinnett

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

GEIGER Automotive To Open U.S. Facility in Gwinnett

Global manufacturer to create 120 new jobs in the community

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 30, 2015 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced that German-based GEIGER Automotive will open a U.S. manufacturing operations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The announcement will create 120 new jobs in the metro Atlanta community.

A leading global manufacturer of high quality plastic products and major supplier to German automotive manufacturers, GEIGER established a U.S. facility to better reach its growing customer base in the southeast.

“We are pleased to locate our U.S. operations in Georgia,” said Ralph Ralston, president, NAFTA region, GEIGER Automotive, USA, Inc. “This location was strategically selected to optimize our ability to supply to our current automotive customers in the southeast U.S.  We see an increasing interest from automotive OEM’s in the region and a high growth potential for us here in Gwinnett County.”

Located in the City of Suwanee, the new 48,000-foot facility will manufacture plastic automotive components for engine compartment powertrain applications.

“GEIGER Automotive’s decision to locate its U.S. facility in Gwinnett County underscores not only our booming auto hub, but also the growth of German companies in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “The state’s strategic location to large OEMs, including the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant, coupled with a highly skilled workforce, create the ideal location for companies such as GEIGER Automotive to thrive.”

GEIGER produces highly engineered products for cooling and brake systems in relation to air and fluid management, and many other functional products under the hood.  Jobs will be created in injection molding and assembly manufacturing, as well as support and professional positions.

“I am pleased to welcome GEIGER to our growing international business community,” Gwinnett Board of Commissions Chairman Charlotte Nash said. “Gwinnett is committed to supporting the expansion of international businesses to our community and to promoting the county as a prime destination for companies worldwide. We are glad that GEIGER has chosen to grow in our community and wish them continued success.”

“This is a great win for the City of Suwanee and we are thrilled to count GEIGER Automotive as one of our newest businesses,” said Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette. “We are confident that they will find the support and resources in our community that are necessary to remain competitive in the U.S. and around the world.”

Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development continually works to leverage its diversity and access to global markets, establishing its reputation as a hub for international companies seeking to expand their presence in the United States.

“Twenty percent of Georgia’s German-based companies are located in Gwinnett County, which is why we are committed to expanding the investment of Europe’s largest economy through the Partnership Gwinnett initiative,” Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “We welcome GEIGER to our successful international business community.”

GEIGER has steadily grown to become one of the leading partners of the automotive industry. The company currently manufactures precision components and subassemblies at its other production locations in Germany, Mexico and China.

Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Foreign Direct Investment Project Manager Nico Wijnberg, assisted with this project, in collaboration with Lonnie Smallwood, Project Manager with Electric Cities of Georgia and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development.

To learn more about GEIGER Automotive, please visit www.geigerautomotive.com.

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

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Partnership Gwinnett Announces Campaign Success at Campaign Victory and Recognition Event

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

Partnership Gwinnett Announces Campaign Success at Campaign Victory and Recognition Event

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 20, 2015—Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County’s economic and community development initiative, announced it has raised $1.8 million from private sector investors in its 2014 campaign to fund the acceleration of its five-year economic growth strategy to recruit, retain and help expand businesses, attract, educate and retain workforce talent, and improve quality of life for county residents.  The funds raised represent a greater than 50 percent increase over previous campaigns.

A campaign victory and recognition event was held on April 15 to thank the campaign leadership for their work in making the campaign a success.

“We would not have had such a successful campaign without the depth of knowledge and experience that these business and community leaders bring to the campaign,” said Randy Dellinger, Partnership Gwinnett Campaign Chair and District Manager for Jackson EMC. “The Partnership Gwinnett campaign is proof that an operational and financial public-private partnership is the best approach to achieving sustainable growth in our community.  We are extremely grateful to all of our investors.”

Dellinger along with Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett, credited Amity Farrar and Sean Mikula of Atlanta-based fundraising firm POWER 10 for their excellent management of the campaign.

Masino said, “The goal of Partnership Gwinnett is simple: we want to increase direct investment in Gwinnett County while seeking opportunities for our existing industries to expand.  Partnership Gwinnett assisted in the expansion or recruitment of 186 businesses since its inception in 2007 and facilitated more than $1 billion in capital investment and the creation of more than 14,000 new jobs. Gwinnett has established itself as an attractive environment in which businesses invest and create new jobs.  And with the generous support of our partners, Partnership Gwinnett will continue to maintain our reputation as one of the best place in the Southeast to live and do business.”

The Partnership Gwinnett campaign advisory and operations committee members recognized include: Randy Dellinger (Jackson EMC), J. Michael Levengood (Law Office of J. Michael Levengood, LLC), Taylor Anderson (Blue Landworks), Lisa Anders (Explore Gwinnett), Tom Andersen (Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.), Houston Bass (BB&T), Jimmy Burnette (City of Suwanee – Gwinnett Municipal Association), Bryan Cohen (Quantum Bank), Jill Edwards (Wells Fargo), Richard Fairey (BrandBank), Karen Fine (Primerica), Terry Fox (Fox Building Company), Jodie Huiet (AGL Resources/Atlanta Gas Light), Doug Jenkins (Georgia Power), Tim Le (Atlanta Maxim Realty), John Martin (Gwinnett Community Bank), Tom Martin (Gwinnett Community Bank), Charlotte Nash (Gwinnett County Board of Commissions), Tony Parker (Pond & Company), Trey Ragsdale (Kaiser Permanente), Raymer Sale (E2E Resources), Tom Shepherd (Gwinnett Medical Center), Bill Sloan (Pond & Company), Sam Stiteler (MetroPower), Don Swift (Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.), Annie Valenty (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), Phil Wolfe (Gwinnett Medical Center), Chuck Warbington (Gwinnett Village CID), J. Alvin Wilbanks (Gwinnett County Public Schools) and Li Wong (Asian Times).

 

Exhibitus Celebrates 20 Years in Gwinnett

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Exhibitus Celebrates 20 Years in Gwinnett

Custom exhibit company attributes community partnership for sustained growth

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 15, 2015 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, local elected and appointed officials, and community and business leaders will join award-winning custom exhibit company Exhibitus to celebrate 20 years of business in Gwinnett County. The company’s corporate headquarters, located at 5361 Royal Woods Parkway, serves as a production facility, warehousing/storage and rental center to benefit clients in the metro Atlanta area and nationally.

A leading provider of 3-dimensional design exhibits for trade shows, corporate events, conferences and museums, Exhibitus offers lighter, Green material products to reduce shipping cost and extend the life of its products. In 2014, the company expanded its warehousing capacity by 20,000 sq ft.

“This anniversary marks an exciting time for our company,” said Exhibitus President Brad Falberg. “With last year’s expansion to our warehouse facility, along with consistent growth in the community, we are even more committed to providing quality service and products to our customers locally and nationally. We are grateful to be a part of such a strong business-oriented community and we thank our community partners for their continued support.”

“Gwinnett County is proud to continue to be home to Exhibitus, and congratulates them on 20 years of business in our community,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “The company’s innovative products and service offerings, its strong business presence, and growing market success make them a valuable asset to our community.”

The overall exhibition industry grew 1.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the 18th quarter of consecutive growth. During this time, Exhibitus has outpaced the industry, growing more than 20 percent annually. Marking a 30 percent growth in its employee base over the past three years, the company has recently expanded its sales and marketing personnel to support continued growth.

“Exhitibus’ anniversary is confirmation of the pro-business environment we seek to promote in our community – an environment that facilitates growth and success. We congratulate Exhibitus on this great milestone and wish them continued success” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.

Exhibitus will host celebrations honoring clients and partners throughout the remainder of the year. In addition, the company will participate in a local fund-raising event to give back and say thank you to its broader community of support.

To learn more about the Exhibitus, please visit http://www.exhibitus.com.

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