Solar cell manufacturer invests $96 million in the City of Norcross
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) September 9, 2015 – Governor Nathan Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, announced today that Suniva, Inc. will expand in the City of Norcross, Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. Suniva’s expansion represents $96 million of capital investment to the community and is expected to add up to 500 new jobs.
“We welcome Suniva’s continued growth in Gwinnett County and feel that the Quick Start program and Georgia’s economic environment will be of major benefit to the growing company,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “Suniva’s growth from a Georgia Tech start-up to a top manufacturing company demonstrates that STEM fields continue to provide one of Georgia’s richest sources of employment and economic growth. Georgia’s universities are equipped with incredible research potential and Suniva’s success speaks to the potential of both Georgia’s businesses and students.”
Suniva is the leading American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules. The company’s cells can convert over 20 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity, meaning fewer cells are needed to produce the same energy output.
“High demand for our products continues to validate that as the U.S. solar market matures, sophisticated buyers are increasingly valuing power density and quality,” said John Baumstark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Suniva. “Since the production of our first solar cell in Gwinnett County seven years ago, Suniva products are now found world-wide. We are very pleased that our home here in Norcross will once again serve as the springboard for our next phase of growth.”
“We are proud that Suniva started in Georgia with support from Georgia Tech and the Georgia Research Alliance, and we are excited to see Suniva’s continued success in our state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our ecosystem of innovation has become the perfect backdrop for technology companies who want to locate or expand in Georgia.”
Suniva employs approximately 200 in its Norcross location. The newly created jobs will include management, administrative, supervisory and production positions.
Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, stated, “This expansion confirms and enhances Gwinnett’s reputation as a hub for research, development and technology in the Southeast. Suniva remains an important contributor to the technology industry in our region and we are grateful for their decision to remain and grow in Gwinnett.”
Suniva established its Gwinnett County headquarters in June 2008. Winner of Partnership Gwinnett’s Medium Manufacturer of the Year at its 2013 Movers and Makers Awards, Suniva’s global reach includes participation in multiple international trade missions with the U.S. Commerce Department to boost sales and help other countries develop their energy infrastructures.
“On behalf of the City of Norcross, I am pleased that Suniva, Inc. has chosen to expand their business in our thriving corporate community,” said Mayor Bucky Johnson, City of Norcross. “We are both humbled and honored that this widely respected and rapidly rising manufacturer of high-efficiency solar products chose Norcross to create 500 new jobs and provide a positive economic impact on our city. As member of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program, a clean energy company like Suniva proves an ideal fit for the City of Norcross.”
“Gwinnett County has a solid reputation for being a technology hub and Suniva’s expansion speaks to that success,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “This is another great example of our community’s strength in the technology sector, the presence of a sophisticated, highly skilled workforce and the tremendous engagement that exists among our community’s leadership. We congratulate Suniva on this expansion and thank them for the commitment to our community.”
Lindsay Martin, Director, Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment, supported Suniva on behalf of the state of Georgia. Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, represented Gwinnett County. Georgia Power was also a partner.
To learn more about Suniva, please visit www.suniva.com.
For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.