County recognizes the year’s relocated and expanded companies
Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development welcomed the County’s new, relocated and expanded businesses for 2012 at its annual New Company Reception last evening. The event, designed to honor companies for their growth, success, and investment in the community, was attended by more than 80 business leaders and 22 new and expanding Gwinnett organizations.
“We welcome each of these companies to Gwinnett County and are excited they have chosen to grow their businesses here,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We appreciate the investment they bring to our local economy and look forward to their continued success in the future.”
Attendees included representatives from Adrian Collaborative, LLC, Cavanna Packaging USA, Inc., Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Eastside Medical Center, Elesys North America, Inc., Georgia Gwinnett College, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, I.B.I.S, Inc., Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, NovoLogic, Inc., Official Payments, OLI, Peak 10, Primerica, Red Clay Interactive, SherTek, and Sports Challenge Network. The reception also provided a platform for companies to share why they chose to expand within or relocate to the area.
“After more than 20 years in Gwinnett County, we are committed to continuing to grow in this community,” said John Gabilondo, Senior Director of Operations & Logistics for Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division. “Our larger, 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 I-85 and the rest of metro Atlanta.” At a groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. Nathan Deal in January 2012, Mitsubishi Electric announced the Gwinnett operations expansion with the lease of a build-to-suit facility in Suwanee.
Galectin Therapeutics, a leader in galectin science and drug development for liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, as well as cancer, announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from the Boston area to Gwinnett County in September. “Gwinnett County and the Atlanta area was our only and obvious choice,” said Dr. Peter Traber, Company President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. “The business-friendly climate, and importantly, the highly skilled workforce, proximity to the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia, the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), its strategic position within the Innovation Crescent, Georgia Research Alliance and the Georgia Cancer Coalition, along with numerous other incentives that promote accelerated discoveries to save lives, make the region inviting and welcoming to our mission.”
Designed to recruit, retain, and attract companies to the area, Partnership Gwinnett assisted in 28 relocations or expansions, nearly 1,600 jobs, and more than $83 million in investment for the community in 2012 alone.
“We are honored to celebrate the success of companies that continue to expand or bring essential industries to our community,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Economic Development. “Our team works to ensure companies are thriving in Gwinnett and are provided with opportunities to grow in the future.”
To learn more about the efforts of the award-winning Partnership Gwinnett initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.