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Madison Electric Products Announces Grand Opening of its Southeast Distribution Center in Gwinnett

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

Madison Electric Products Announces Grand Opening of its Southeast Distribution Center in Gwinnett

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.

Winners of Partnership Gwinnett’s Annual Movers & Makers Awards Announced

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Featured, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Winners of Partnership Gwinnett’s Annual  Movers & Makers Awards Announced

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:

  • Small Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner (1-49 employees): Winton Machine
  • Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner (50-149 employees): PartnerTech
  • Large Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner (150+ employees): Nidec Elesys Americas

“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.

To learn more about Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com or www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

Partnership Gwinnett Reception Welcomes New Gwinnett Businesses to Community

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Featured, Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases | Comments Off

Partnership Gwinnett Reception Welcomes New Gwinnett Businesses to Community

New Company Reception recognizes job creation, relocations, and expansion

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 24, 2015- Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development welcomed the County’s recently relocated and expanded businesses at its annual New Company Reception. The event, attended by nearly 120 business leaders and more than 20 new and expanding organizations to Gwinnett, honored companies for their growth, success, and investment in the community.

“Gwinnett County has a proud tradition of innovation, a talented workforce and a competitive business climate,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We thank these companies for selecting Gwinnett as the place to grow their businesses and we wish them all continued success.”

Attendees included representatives from 5Q Partners, ADMA BioCenters, Adrian Collaborative, AMF Bake Tech, Black Mermaid’s Handcrafted Soaps and Products, Dasan USA, Diversified Labeling Solutions, DraftServ Technologies, Eagle Rock Distributing, foresight USA, Haso USA, HighChem America, KRAIBURG TPE, Luckie & Co., Millennium Mat Company, Mölnlycke Health Care, Relus Technologies, Salude, Sortimo and Validation & Engineering Group. Company representatives were given an opportunity to share why they chose to expand within or relocate to the area.

German-founded manufacturer of Thermoplastic Elastomers, KRAIBURG TPE, broke ground in November 2014 on its 65,000- square-foot, $15 million Americas headquarters in Gwinnett. Jeff Frankish, Managing Director for KRAIBURG TPE said, “We are committed to growing in this community, and our state-of-the-art facility will provide additional space to support our future growth and allow us to take advantage of the new location’s convenient access to metro Atlanta.”

New and expanding small businesses and startup companies were also in attendance, including 2014 Amazing Entrepreneur winner, Denise Zannu, Founder and CEO of Black Mermaid’s Handcrafted Soaps and Products, and recently launched technology solutions provider, 5Q Partners.

“Gwinnett’s collaborative environment, top-ranked educational institutions and access to skilled IT professionals has established the community as a hub for technology. These were all important factors for us when deciding to start our business here. It’s a decision that we’re expecting to yield us success in the years to come,” said Trey Eiland, Founding Partner for 5Q Partners.

The County’s community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, was launched in 2007 to recruit, retain, and attract business to the community. In 2014, the initiative assisted with 23 relocations or expansions, facilitating 1,645 new jobs and more than $125 million in capital investment for Gwinnett County.

“It’s our privilege to provide a platform for these companies to introduce themselves and for us celebrate their commitment to our community,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “These companies are proof that our team’s efforts to attract growing companies to Gwinnett are effective and that we are providing them with the opportunities and the resources they need to grow.”

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

Comcast Expands Regional Headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Georgia, Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, News & Media, Press Releases, Successes | Comments Off

Comcast Expands Regional Headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta

Company to add 150 new jobs; relocating 532 local employees to new Gwinnett County location

 (GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 17, 2015 – Governor Nathan Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, today announced that Comcast, the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers, has selected the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia as the site of its new regional headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and relocating the company’s existing 532 full-time local employees.

“Our new regional headquarters in Peachtree Corners puts us in a larger, more modern environment, allowing us to better meet the needs of our customers across our service area,” said Doug Guthrie, Comcast’s Regional SVP. “I want to thank Governor Deal, Commissioner Carr, Chairman Nash, our partners from the state, the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County and Partnership Gwinnett for their terrific support.”

Comcast’s new 88,000-square-foot state-of-the-art location will feature four floors, a high-tech demonstration lab, and a Comcast University space for employee training and continuing education.

With the addition of its regional headquarters in Gwinnett County and a Technical Support Service Center in Fulton County, Comcast will add 300 new jobs across the two counties. This expansion is part of Comcast’s strategic plan to develop and maintain the most advanced broadband network in the region.

“I am pleased that Comcast has chosen to expand their regional headquarters in Gwinnett County,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Their decision to invest in Gwinnett speaks to our community’s many strengths – a pro-business environment, a talented workforce, and quality of life factors such as nationally recognized schools and parks.”

Comcast is one of the state’s largest employers with over 4,000 employees, with a 20-year record of spending over $200 million per year in Georgia. The company operates nearly 190 facilities, offices and call centers statewide.

“Comcast’s announcement is such exciting news, and I look forward to the positive impact their expanded regional headquarters will have on Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett County,” said District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard. “I appreciate their confidence in Gwinnett and wish them continued success.”

The state’s largest Wi-Fi provider, Comcast has invested in expanding its 10-gigabit fiber network that serves businesses, government agencies and other commercial organizations across greater Atlanta, providing the fastest broadband speeds available. In the last year, the company has deployed several hundred thousand local Wi-Fi hotspots in businesses, homes and in popular outdoor venues, allowing a virtually seamless online experience for customers.

“We celebrate the expansion of Comcast in the City of Peachtree Corners. The 150 new and well-paying jobs their presence will bring is a win for our community.” said Mayor Mike Mason.

“Gwinnett Economic Development consistently works to attract top innovators, such as Comcast, to our community,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.  “Telecommunications is undoubtedly a fast-growing industry in the nation and our goal is to continue developing tech talent that is attractive to companies like Comcast and to provide opportunities for businesses to grow and expand in the County.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Director of Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment, Lindsay Martin, assisted with this project, in collaboration with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development/Partnership Gwinnett.

To learn more about Comcast, please visit http://www.comcastcorporation.com.

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

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.

To learn more about Validation & Engineering Group, please visit www.veg-group.com.

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