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Luckie & Company Celebrates Expansion in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Luckie & Company Celebrates Expansion in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Company adds more than 6,000 SF to footprint, anticipates more than 40 new jobs to Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta Georgia

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 8, 2014 – Luckie & Company, joined with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development for a grand opening to cut the ribbon on the company’s new location, which has created more than 40 new jobs. The event gave a first look at the advertising and marketing solutions agency’s new 10,000 square-foot Atlanta operations base.

Luckie is a fully integrated advertising and marketing solutions agency with offices in Birmingham, Atlanta and London. The company employs more than 130 people and represents such brands as Regions Bank, Piedmont Healthcare, Little Debbie, Drake’s, GlaxoSmithKline and Mercedes-Benz.

“Our Gwinnett team has been critical to the success of Luckie & Co. and we’re very excited about this new location and the opportunity it presents,” said John Gardner, President of Luckie & Company. “We’re committed to the community here and we look forward to many more years of success in Gwinnett.”

With the move to 3100 Breckinridge Bvd., Luckie & Company more than doubled its 3,600-square footage facility to 10,000-square-feet, to accommodate their expansion from seven to 50 employees. The building is located in the Greater Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are Georgia’s best tax credit for job creation.

“This is an existing county business that had many other location options but chose to remain in Gwinnett County,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. “The availability of a highly skilled workforce makes Gwinnett an ideal location in which to grow.”

Luckie & Company is the second innovation company in as many months to announce its relocation and expansion in the Greater Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone.

“We were thrilled to land such an energetic and creative client,” said Kirk Rich of Rich Real Estate Services. “They are the perfect fit in the newly rebranded 3100 Breckinridge. Our main focus is landing creative firms that are leaders in their field. Luckie is exactly that type of tenant.”

“We know that this is a great place to do business and when companies choose Gwinnett again and again as the place to grow, its further proof that our workforce is highly capable and our business climate is competitive.” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.

Founded in 1953, Luckie & Company employs over 130 people serving both national and international clients. Luckie provides data-driven, integrated creative marketing solutions for clients in the U.S. and Europe. Luckie’s offering range from traditional to digital and social to experiential marketing. 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.

 

United Arab Shipping Company Celebrates Opening of North American Headquarters

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

United Arab Shipping Company Celebrates Opening of North American Headquarters

International shipping company relocates headquarter operations and brings 160 new jobs to the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta Georgia

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 3, 2014 – United Arab Shipping Company, in partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development , Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power celebrated the relocation of its North American headquarters to Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners, investing more $10 million and creating 160 new jobs.

UASC is a global shipping company that offers containerized and conventional cargo transportation, temperature-controlled cargo and value-added services to a diversified global client base, covering the Middle East, Europe, Mediterranean, Indian Sub-continent, Far East, Australia, West Africa and The Americas. The company purchased a 50,000 square foot building on Spalding Drive in the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County.

“The primary factors that we considered in our decision to relocate in Gwinnett were real estate cost and quality of inventory, access to a diverse and highly-qualified workforce, and the world class logistics infrastructure including Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the Port of Savannah, where UASC has been a regular caller for over three decades,” said Dr. Anil Vitarana, President of United Arab Shipping Company North America.

This strategic relocation in Gwinnett represents a consolidation of offices in Cranford, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Norfolk, VA; and Savannah, GA. The Peachtree Corners facility will house executive management for the company’s North American operations, shipping logistics, accounting, finance and customer service activities.

“Companies like United Arab Shipping keep our state a leader in the global marketplace and strengthen our import/export infrastructure,” said Tom Croteau, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce. “UASC is a perfect addition to our network of cargo service providers. I have no doubt that our skilled workforce and thriving business climate will help this company flourish in North America.”

“We are thrilled to welcome UASC to the growing list of global companies choosing to make Gwinnett County their home,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Lynette Howard. “Gwinnett is an ideal location for corporations seeking a strong economic climate and a talented global workforce, and we know UASC will fit right in.”

“This is a truly exciting day for Peachtree Corners,” Mayor Mike Mason said. “We would like to commend Partnership Gwinnett’s efforts, along with the collaboration between state, Georgia Power and regional organizations, in bringing this headquarters to the City. This addition to our corporate community speaks volumes about our business-focused climate and vast assets. We are thrilled to welcome UASC and look forward to a long-term partnership with this outstanding company.”

UASC just announced the formation of an alliance with two other major ocean carriers CMA CGM and China Shipping Container Lines. The “Ocean Three” Alliance will operate some of the world’s biggest container vessels on the major east-west liner trade routes and will set the stage for future growth and development of UASC’s services globally.

“In addition to incredible access to the high quality regional workforce and major interstates, Peachtree Corners offers restaurant and retail amenities that are valuable to headquarter operations like UASC.” said Bryan Heller, Senior Vice President, CBRE.

Bob Misdon, Principal with Cresa Atlanta, further explained, “The new space provides an opportunity for expansion in the future.” He stated, “We searched across Metro Atlanta for a high quality office building on ‘main and main’ with excellent exposure and access to amenities, essential to corporate headquarter operations, and 5515 Spalding fit all of these unique requirements.”

“United Arab Shipping Company is a welcome addition to our community, as headquarters and professional services are target industries for Gwinnett County’s future growth,” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.”UASC’s investment in their new headquarters facility truly highlights the resources and workforce base available in this community and further solidifies Gwinnett’s reputation as a hub for corporate headquarter operations. “

Lauren Lambiase, Senior Project Manager with Georgia Department of Economic Development, Brenda Robbins, Senior Project Manager with Georgia Power, Gregg Simon, Senior Director of Project Management with Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development team, collaborated on this project.

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 “linking the middle east to 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.

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.

 

Partnership Gwinnett Launches Fundraising Campaign

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Partnership Gwinnett Launches Fundraising Campaign

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 2, 2014—Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County’s economic and community development initiative, yesterday launched the public phase of a 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.

Randy Dellinger, Campaign Chair and District Manager of Jackson EMC, welcomed guests at a Kickoff reception at the 1818 Club last evening. Dellinger announced the campaign’s progress to nearly 100 business and government leaders.

“Through the collaborative efforts of our business and community leaders, Partnership Gwinnett has already secured over $524,000 in annual private sector pledges – an impressive 58% percent of our stretch goal of $900,000 per year. We are grateful for the support of our investors and look forward to new investors joining us,” Dellinger said.

Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett, said, “With the support of our partners, Partnership Gwinnett has produced tremendous results for businesses operating in Gwinnett, maintaining our reputation as one of the best places in the Southeast and nation to live and do business. During our first five years, we recruited or assisted in the expansion of 112 businesses, achieved more than $900 million in capital investment, and created more than 10,000 new jobs. We also went from one Fortune 500 company at the beginning of the recession to four by the end.”

Craig Monaghan, CEO of Fortune 500 company Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., spoke at the Kickoff and noted the primary factors in the company’s decision to relocate from Manhattan to Gwinnett in 2008.

Masino noted past success but also emphasized the goals Partnership Gwinnett seeks to accomplish going forward, “This initiative is about accelerating our approach to growing high quality businesses and high paying jobs in Gwinnett, strengthening workforce development, and contributing in a variety ways to the exceptional quality of life we enjoy. To ensure that we continue on this trajectory, it is our goal to fully fund Partnership Gwinnett, which has not been the case since its inception in 2006. It is imperative that we have adequate staff dedicated to each of the priorities of our initiative.”

Dellinger and Masino credited Amity Farrar and Sean Mikula of Atlanta-based fundraising firm Power 10 for their excellent management of the campaign to date.

Haso Ltd. Expands U.S. Operations to Gwinnett County

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Haso Ltd. Expands U.S. Operations to Gwinnett County

Japan-based Manufacturer enters U.S. market with 170 new jobs

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 2, 2014 – Haso Ltd., a market leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality hygiene and household cleaning products, from Tokyo, Japan, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the open of its U.S. manufacturing operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The announcement represents 170 new jobs and $7 million in capital investment for the community.

Haso Ltd. will lease a 100,000 square foot facility, located at 2850 Colonnades Court, in the City of Peachtree Corners. The Gwinnett County facility will house all U.S. production operations for the company as well as serve as the corporate office for president, senior staff, human resources, accounting, marketing and maintenance.

“This is a great win for the City of Peachtree Corners and marks the second big global announcement this year, adding more than 150 local jobs to our community,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “I applaud Haso for its decision to grow here, a decision that will benefit our community.”

Haso’s strong focus on research and development and tradition of developing market defining technologies has enabled them to work with some of the largest supermarket retailers and consumer package goods companies in the world. The company is a leader in the private-label market and produces for some of the biggest brands in the industry.

Founded in Hong Kong in 2000, Haso is headquartered in Tokyo, with manufacturing facilities based in Taicang, China. With sales offices in Tokyo and Shanghai, the Gwinnett operation represents Haso’s first U.S. presence.

“In terms of choosing a location for our U.S. production facility, a large part of our decision to move to Metro Atlanta was based on the relationships we developed,” said Yuji Sogawa, President of Haso USA, Inc. “Yumiko Nakazono, GDEcD Managing Director in Tokyo, Joseph Huntemann, Project Manager on the international investment team at GDEcD, along with Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, teamed together to help us realize the benefits of locating our facility in Gwinnett County. It made perfect sense for us to begin our U.S. operations here.”

“Gwinnett is proud to be home to more than 110 Japanese businesses. Haso’s expansion comes on the heels of our 2013 global trade mission trip to Japan and speaks to the success of our global recruitment efforts,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “I want to congratulate Haso on their decision to invest in Gwinnett County and welcome them as a new member of our international business community.”

GDEcD Project Manager Joseph Huntemann represented the State of Georgia on this project. Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, worked to recruit Haso Ltd. to Gwinnett County. Yumiko Nakazono, GDEcD Managing Director in Tokyo, also assisted the company. Day Lancaster with NAI Brannen Goddard represented the company in the real estate transaction, and Pat Murphy, with CBRE at the time of the transaction and now with Cassidy Turley, represented the owners of 2850 Colonnades Court.

“The Partnership Gwinnett initiative leverages Gwinnett County’s global community and diversity to attract companies from around the world,” said Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “A specific area of recruitment focus has been Japan, so I am delighted that Haso decided to locate their first U.S. facility here, becoming the 115th business from this major manufacturing economy. I look forward to assisting them in their growth here.”

To learn more about Haso, please visit www.hasoltd.com.

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

TravelSky Celebrates Opening of U.S. Development Center in Gwinnett

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Featured, Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

TravelSky Celebrates Opening of U.S. Development Center in Gwinnett

Leading tourism and airline IT solutions developer celebrates “opening day” for its state-of-the-art U.S. facility

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) September 16, 2014 – Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, and Georgia Department of Economic Development celebrated the opening of TravelSky’s U.S. R&D center today at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. TravelSky, a leading IT solutions developer for the airline and tourism industries, will house its operations in the Gwinnett Commerce Center in the Duluth area. The project, which is expected to create 30-50 jobs, represents a $10 million investment in the community.

“We are consistently seeking new ways to expand our information technology integration services worldwide, as we remain focused on diversification in the global travel market,” said Yuanchang Huang, Vice President of TravelSky. “We are grateful to Georgia for the opportunity to grow and build on our world-class standing business. One of our management philosophies is to provide an attractive working environment and a good place for professional development for our employees. The establishment of this U.S. R&D Center in Georgia will fulfill those objectives.”

Governor Nathan Deal officially announced TravelSky’s investment in August 2013, following a meeting with Huang in China. The Governor and a delegation of Georgia businesses, economic developers, and state officials went on a business mission to Asia to explore investment, trade, and tourism opportunities in the world’s fastest-growing economy.

“TravelSky is an excellent addition to our network of IT developers,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “With a vast network of critical data centers and an advanced workforce, as well as having access to the latest R&D resources from our universities and technical colleges, it makes sense that a highly technical company like TravelSky would choose Georgia to call home.”

“Gwinnett County maintains a strong foundation in the technology industry and global business,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “TravelSky’s choice to locate here speaks to the positive nature of our business mission in Asia and our community’s reputation as a leader in global business.”

“Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta region foster an excellent business environment for innovative global technology companies like TravelSky to thrive,” said Nick Masino, Sr. Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “From the development of new technology to offering high-wage job opportunities for the qualified workforce in Gwinnett, TravelSky truly brings a solid package of economic strength to the table and we are pleased to have them growing in Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta.”

The company reviewed sites across North America, including San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Toronto, before choosing Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta area.

Headquartered in Beijing, China, TravelSky employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and operates 12 branches, 9 affiliated companies, and 21 subsidiaries across Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Europe and the United States. TravelSky services 30 domestic airlines, nearly 200 regional and overseas airlines, 147 domestic airports, and 7,000 ticket agents. The company currently has a presence in 300 Chinese cities and 80 foreign cities.

For more information about TravelSky, please visit www.travelskyholdings.com/english.

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