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Gwinnett Continues to Build Prominent Technology Ecosystem

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Gwinnett Continues to Build Prominent Technology Ecosystem

Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Technology Association of Georgia sign agreement to promote technology industry in Georgia

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 16, 2015— Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), indicate consistent technology industry wins and job growth in Gwinnett County, leading to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the second quarter Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum.

The signing of the MOU between Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and TAG, Georgia’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, serves as formal commitment by both organizations to actively and collaboratively support and attract technology companies to Gwinnett.

Within the past 24 months, the community has witnessed the expansion, relocation and hiring announcements of several technology companies. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Gwinnett County employs more than 23,000 people in technology-related positions.

“The technology industry is crucial to the success of Gwinnett County’s vibrant business community, stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Gwinnett offers the infrastructure, skilled workforce and collaborative environment technology companies attract business to our community.”

In April, Honeywell opened its industrial cyber security lab in Gwinnett to advance its development and testing of new technologies to defend industrial operations from cyber attacks. Early this year, the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and residential phone provider, Comcast, announced plans to open an 88,000 square-foot facility for its regional headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and relocating the company’s existing 532 full-time local employees.

In 2014, financial technology firm NCR leased additional office space in its Duluth office to accommodate job growth. Video technology company Clearleap, expanded its footprint with a 50,000 square-foot lease in Duluth, adding new positions. Other Gwinnett technology companies continue to hire and prosper, including Cisco Systems, CareerBuilder and Sage Software.

Gwinnett County is also seeing growth in digital media and entertainment. Last year, digital media agency, Luckie & Company expanded to Gwinnett, doubling its space to 10,000 square-feet. Most recently, Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, the largest television studio under one roof in the U.S., opened four 30,000 square-foot sound stages, representing a capital investment of $15 million and giving Gwinnett solid standing as a leader in the digital entertainment industry. Atlanta Media Campus & Studios, a 5 million-square-foot Gwinnett filming complex, the largest of its kind in the Southeast, will further contribute to the growing technology landscape in the community.

“Technology companies choose Gwinnett to grow and expand not only because of our location and easy access to numerous assets and resources within the Gwinnett and North metro region, but also because of the rich technology ecosystem that exists in this community,” stated Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Our area boasts an extensive fiber optic infrastructure, competitive power rates, highly skilled talent and business development support, which allows us to cultivate a thriving business environment and build a successful and competitive innovation economy in our community.”

“TAG and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development bring together an extraordinary complimentary set of experience and skills from two world-class organizations,” said Tino Mantella, CEO and President of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). “We look forward to engaging the community and strengthening our efforts to promote the technology industry in our region.”

Mantella was the featured speaker at today’s Forum, offering an inside look at the 2015 TAG State of the Industry Report. He spoke on advancing Georgia’s innovation economy, the innovation index, comparing the state’s performance in human capital, economic dynamics and productivity and annual key findings, including TAG’s annual Technology Decision Makers Survey, polling more than 300 of Georgia’s technology executives on how innovation is affecting our technology community.

For more information on the TAG State of the Industry Report, visit www.tagstateoftheindustry.com.

For more information on the Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum, please visit http://gwinnetttechnologyforum.com/.

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

DCO, Inc. Expands Operations to Gwinnett

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Georgia, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

DCO, Inc. Expands Operations to Gwinnett

Opens Fourth Store Location and Launches New Commercial Window Treatment Division

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) MAY 27, 2015 – Dalton Carpet One, Inc., a major commercial flooring contractor in the United States, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to announce the expansion of its operations into Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta.

DCO, Inc.’s 10,800 square-foot facility, located at 1665 Lakes Parkway, Suite 116 in Lawrenceville, will house the new Window Treatment Division and employee DCO’s full time field staff with plans to add sales positions in the coming years.

“We are well positioned as a company and we look forward to what the future holds as we partner closely with the Gwinnett community in building the kinds of business and relationships that are beneficial to all,” said Mike Blanton, Owner of DCO, Inc. “We remain committed to producing quality products and delivering excellent service to our partners and customer with this expansion.”

The decision to expand to Gwinnett County was centered on the company’s growth, the desire to better serve its growing client base, and to strategically position the flooring leader for an entry into the window treatment segment.

“My commitment to Gwinnett County is well established over the last thirty five years and I’m very excited that DCO, Inc. has opted to make this move,” said Dan Seckinger, Director of the Commercial Window Treatment Division and longtime Gwinnett resident. “Our company culture is rooted in a vision and mission that adds value to everything we touch, which is also a longtime hallmark of Gwinnett County. This is a good fit.”

The expanded Gwinnett facility will further improve the company’s versatility and efficiency to allow for greater penetration into retail markets, as well as the multi-family and commercial marketplaces.

“DCO, Inc.’s decision to expand in Gwinnett County is a testament to our pro-business culture and strong economic environment,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are pleased DCO chose to call Gwinnett home and look forward to their continued success.”

“DCO, Inc. will be a valuable addition to Gwinnett’s business community,” commented Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Through its continual development of market-leading products, processes and services, DCO, Inc. is yet another example of a company utilizing the skilled workforce and advanced infrastructure that Gwinnett offers growing companies.”

DCO, Inc. began as Dalton Carpet Outlet and was founded in 1978 in Athens, GA. In addition to the Athens store and new Lawrenceville location, DCO, Inc. has satellite offices in Eatonton and Gainesville, Georgia.

For more information about Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home visit http://www.daltoncarpetone.com and to learn more about DCO Commercial Floors visit http://www.dcocf.com.

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

Partnership Gwinnett Announces Search for Director, World Class Talent

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Partnership Gwinnett Announces Search for Director, World Class Talent

Private sector campaign funding success leads to candidate search for new position

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) May 21, 2015— Community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, announced today that a search has begun for a Director, World Class Talent. This position comes on the heels of a successful private sector campaign to fund the acceleration of Partnership Gwinnett’s five-year economic growth strategy to recruit, retain and expand businesses as well as attract, educate and retain workforce talent, in order to improve the quality of life for county residents.

The Director, World Class Talent will be responsible for implementing the goals of Gwinnett County’s primary and secondary schools through the creation and support of high school and college internship programs with Gwinnett employers in key target industry clusters. Those target industries include: Advanced Manufacturing, Professional and Corporate Services, Health Sciences & Services, Information & Technology Solutions and Supply Chain Management.

“The connection between access to quality education, a highly skilled work force and new business is organic,” said Dr. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Technical College. “This role will support the goals necessary for building a strong community and Gwinnett Technical College is pleased to be a part of this process, as we will reap the collective economic benefits.”

“This opportunity comes at a time of great strength and stability for Gwinnett County, and we look forward to finding the right person who can take us to the next level of success and engagement as a community,” said Mike Levengood of The Law Office of J. Michael Levengood, LLC and Partnership Gwinnett’s Word Class Talent Goal Chair.

Additional responsibilities of the Director, World Class Talent will include outreach to all racial, ethnic, and international support organizations engaging in workforce development programming, to integrate them into Gwinnett’s talent development system and improving business/institutional communications to enhance local training pipelines.

“Georgia Gwinnett College is pleased to be part of the process to select Partnership Gwinnett’s Director of World Class Talent,” said Renee Byrd-Lewis, GGC Vice President for Strategic Communications and Positioning.  “We applaud this effort to create pathways for our students to participate in experiential learning beyond the classroom. Additionally, it increases the likelihood of retaining talented millennials in Gwinnett County, a goal of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative. This new position can play a significant role in aligning GGC’s human capital pipeline for the benefit of local and regional businesses.”

The Director will also collaborate with Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) to determine the optimal assistance necessary to achieve results in the Strategic Priorities for 2010-2020 program.

“People are our greatest resource when it comes to educating our students”, said Jody Reeves, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education for Gwinnett County Public Schools. “Our success as a school district depends upon the support of the people employed by the district and those served by it. As we like to say, ‘Good schools build better communities and good communities build better schools.’ The focus on developing a workforce for the future is today’s work. We are excited about this new opportunity to continue our successful relationship with Partnership Gwinnett to build a stronger community.”

“Our partners, who have been critical to our success, are represented on the committee to ensure an inclusive and transparent search process,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “I am confident we will be able to identify a Director who will help us to achieve the vision that we defined in our comprehensive plan and foster relationships between the business and education communities focusing on education and workforce development that will facilitate Gwinnett’s economic progress.”

A search committee representing a wide range of Gwinnett businesses as well as key education stakeholders in Gwinnett County include:

  • Mike Levengood (Search Committee Chair), The Law Office of J. Michael Levengood, LLC
  • Sonya Buckley, Hire Dynamics
  • Carla Carraway, Precision Planning
  • Laura Crawley, University of Georgia, Gwinnett Campus
  • David Fincher, Greater Atlanta Christian Schools
  • Tim Le, Maxim Realty
  • David McCulloch, Gwinnett Technical College
  • Debbie Patz, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Pat Port, Primerica Financial Services
  • Jody Reeves, Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Hal Risher, RockTenn
  • Jonathan Winters, Cornerstone Financial

The search committee will review applications, then identify and recommend potential candidates for consideration. A Director is expected to be named in June.

A full description of the Director, World Class Talent position, including contact information is posted on the Partnership Gwinnett website at www.partnershipgwinnett.com.

SELF Electronics USA Corporation Celebrates Expansion in Metro Atlanta

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Georgia, Global, Global Business, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Photo Galleries, Press Releases | 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.