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(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).
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.
Four 30,000-square-foot studios open in Gwinnett Village CID
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 14, 2015- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development joined with Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta to announce the grand opening of its new television studio operations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The project represents a $15 million capital investment in the community.
Located at 6205 Best Friend Road, the former 690,000-square-feet Kraft warehouse space, also the site of Eagle Rock’s beer distribution center, was converted to house four, 30,000-square-foot sound stages. Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta is the largest television production studio under one roof in the U.S.
“Eagle Rock’s new production studio project was designed to service the booming film and television industry emerging in Georgia, specifically within the untapped television production segment,” said Steve Economos, CEO of Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta. “We are grateful to have such remarkable resources and key partnerships throughout the region, as we seek to gain greater market share in the entertainment business through our new world-class facility.”
“The State of Georgia is currently hosting 39 film and television projects, an all-time high, so we are constantly challenged with locating available stage space,” stated Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. “We are very appreciative of Eagle Rock’s investment in this state of the art facility which will allow us to host more projects and provide hundreds of jobs for Georgians.”
The construction project included the installation of support beams to create larger open spaces for television filming; upgrades to the electrical service; silent air conditioning; stubbed out plumbing for dressing rooms, prop and costume areas, and renovation of existing offices for production staff. Eagle Rock’s fully enclosed facility allows for production throughout the year, eliminating costs and weather delays, translating to greater local job opportunities.
“Gwinnett County offers production studio companies like Eagle Rock the skilled, talented workforce needed to thrive in such a competitive industry,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are pleased to have them join our community and look forward to seeing their continued growth and success.”
“Georgia is a major player in the entertainment market,” said Lisa Anders, Executive Director of Explore Gwinnett and Gwinnett’s Camera Ready Liaison with the Georgia Film Office. “We are excited about the economic impact that Eagle Rock will make on tourism in Gwinnett, through our local restaurants, hotels and other businesses surrounding the studios. This is a great win for our community.”
The studio is projected to create jobs at every income level, from film talent to crew members, including grips, tradesmen/set builders, caterers, cleaning, wardrobe and makeup staff.
“We celebrate Eagle Rock’s expansion into the television filming industry and welcome them to a community that supports a strong business climate for growing companies,” commented Chuck Warbington, Executive Director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. “We anticipate an increase in employment opportunities and business growth as a result of this expansion and we couldn’t be more proud to be the new home of a production company committed to cultivating success here.”
Recently, Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta joined five other Georgia-based film studios to form the Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA), a new film and television studio and infrastructure association. The group hopes to serve as advocates for the education of crew members and the development of talent needed to keep clients returning to Georgia.
“Eagle Rock’s grand opening further highlights the huge economic impact of the film industry within Gwinnett County and our region,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Producers are attracted to Gwinnett’s versatile location shoots, from suburban and exurban, to historic downtowns and rustic settings, along with access to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and a host of industry support businesses.”
Georgia ranks third in the U.S. for feature film production. The film and television industry in Georgia directly employs 23,500 people, with nearly 8,200 production-related employees. The state reports the film industry had a $5.1 billion economic impact during the 2014 fiscal year.
To learn more about Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, please visit www.eaglerockstudiosatlanta.com.
To find resources and learn more about the filming industry in Gwinnett County, please visit www.gwinnettcameraready.com.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.
Leading distributor of electric supplies and electrical fittings celebrates “opening day” for its 55,000-square-foot facility in Duluth
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 31, 2015 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Georgia Department of Economic Development joined the City of Duluth and Madison Electric Products (MEP), leading distributor of electric supplies and electrical fittings, to celebrate the opening of its Southeast Distribution Center in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Located at 2605 N. Berkeley Lake Rd., the 55,000-square-foot facility will house 10 to 12 Gwinnett-based employees.
Brad Wiandt, President of MEP said, “The opening of the new Southeast Distribution Center is yet another example of our ongoing dedication to continuous improvement at Madison Electric Products. More importantly, this new facility reinforces our unyielding commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers. While this initiative had a specific focus on our valued customers located in the southeastern quadrant of the U.S., this facility will help provide logistics efficiencies throughout our entire U.S. network.”
“More and more companies are establishing their Southeast distribution centers in Georgia,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our geographical location, direct access to one of the fastest growing ports in the country and a logistics system that provides access to 80 percent of the U.S. population within a two-day truck drive or two-hour flight make our state the ideal choice for growing companies such as Madison Electric Products to locate distribution operations.”
MEP’s Southeast Distribution Center will serve as a hub, allowing next-day delivery to most of MEPs customers, as well as same day service to the local area and standard 1-2 day delivery for most of the southeastern U.S. This will ensure faster turnaround on orders and improved customer service.
“We are glad to be in this community,” explains MEP’s Director of Operations, Kirk Pace. “This new location was strategically chosen to enable us to make service to our customers as simple as possible.”
“We celebrate Madison Electrics’ investment in Gwinnett County and its role in the success of our community,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are honored that they have chosen our community as the site of their Southeastern Distribution Center—a testament to Gwinnett’s ability to help businesses remain competitive on a national scale.”
The new distribution center compliments MEP’s existing facilities in Ohio and California. With a radio frequency technology warehouse management system, MEP can instantly track customer inventory and effectively manage operations. The high-efficiency warehouse is also wire-guided, increasing speed and productivity, reducing accidents and allowing operators to concentrate on superior pick logic.
“Attracting innovative companies like Madison Electric who are leaders in their industry and who engage the community is the continued vision of Duluth,” stated Mayor Pro Tem Greg Whitlock. “We are excited they chose Gwinnett County and Duluth, GA as the home of their Southeast Distribution Center.”
“Madison Electric Products’ investment in their new distribution center truly highlights the resources, including a strong workforce, expansive infrastructure and strategic partnerships that distinguishes Gwinnett as one of the top business climates in the country,” said Shantell Wilson, Senior Project Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. “I look forward to assisting them in their growth and wish them great success.”
Madison Electric has led the industry with field-tested and field created products developed by electricians for electricians for more than 80 years.
For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.
RockTenn CEO, Steve Voorhees, delivers keynote address at awards ceremony
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 19, 2015 — Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, announced the winners of its 4th Annual Movers & Makers Awards, presented by Jackson EMC during a ceremony held this morning at the Gwinnett Center.
The largest event of its kind in Georgia, the Movers & Makers Awards are the County’s annual recognition of exceptional Gwinnett-based companies involved in the manufacturing, processing, or distribution of tangible products.
“All of our Movers & Makers finalists demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their manufacturing and supply chain businesses,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We were delighted to honor such a diverse representation of Gwinnett’s best companies at this event and applaud them for the important role they play in our community.”
In addition to the awards presentation, keynote speaker, Steve Voorhees, current CEO of RockTenn, shared industry highlights, including details of the future merger of Fortune 500 giants RockTenn and MeadWestvaco.
“We understand the vital importance of manufacturing and logistics to the success of a business,” stated Steve Voorhees, CEO of RockTenn. “I am pleased to help recognize these dynamic, innovative companies and celebrate the impact they are making to our local economy.”
The three manufacturing winners included:
“We are honored to be the recipient of the 2015 Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award and grateful for the exposure it brings to our growing business,” said Gary Bruce, Managing Director at PartnerTech. “Since our expansion to Gwinnett County 15 years ago, the community has been a valued and supportive key to our success.”
The two supply chain winners included:
“Our supply chain management cooperative has saved Dunkin’ Brand franchisees $114 million over the past three years through the unique combination of sourcing, purchasing, distribution and business services we provide,” said Scott Carter, Chief Executive Officer for National DCP, LLC. “We are honored to be recognized as an industry pioneer among our esteemed peers in Gwinnett County.”
The Most Valuable Provider (MVP) Award recognized Hire Dynamics for its excellence in service to the manufacturing and supply chain sectors in Gwinnett County.
Companies were evaluated based upon criteria involving economic impact in the community, corporate responsibility, and workforce excellence programs.
“Now more than ever, manufacturers must accelerate and expand innovation, while continuing to embrace core principles of quality and operational excellence,” said Dr. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Technical College. “To that end, Gwinnett Technical College remains committed to providing resources that will support this innovation and the economic development efforts of our community as a whole.”
“In a world of intensifying global competition and technology-driven change, manufacturing and supply chain management companies play an essential role in our local economy,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “The Movers & Makers Awards have distinguished themselves by celebrating cutting-edge innovation and highlighting the dynamic, progressive companies that will keep our community competitive and sustain future economic growth.”
Since its inception in 2007, Partnership Gwinnett has been actively engaged in the development of the manufacturing and supply chain industries in Gwinnett County.
For more information about the Movers & Makers Awards, visit partnershipgwinnett.com/movers-makers-awards.