Two Companies Announce Expansions in Gwinnett County

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Aluvision, Inc. leading Belgium manufacturer of custom modular, aluminum exhibit system, joined with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to celebrate the opening of its North America headquarter operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. This project represents an investment of $3.6 million and will create more than 30 new jobs over three years.

“This location will allow us to respond to requests and orders from existing and potential U.S. customers in a timelier manner,” said Stephan De Mulder, Senior Account Director for Aluvision, Inc. “We are grateful for the support that we have received from the entire metro Atlanta region and we look forward to growing our global operations in this community.”

The 30,000-square-foot facility located at 1620 Satellite Blvd., is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2016. With the opening of the new location, the company plans to yield greater efficiencies resulting in higher production capacities and shortened lead times. The new offices will include a large showroom, allowing existing and potential customers to experience the wide range of Aluvision’s custom modular product offerings.

“This announcement further solidifies that Georgia's business-friendly environment speaks volumes to companies looking to enter the United States' market,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are thrilled that Aluvision, Inc. will join a number of national headquarter operations here, and we are confident that they will make a positive impression, not only on Gwinnett County, but Georgia as a whole.”

“Gwinnett County has become a leading community in the Southeast for international business,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are thrilled that Aluvision has chosen our community as the site of its first U.S. location and we wish them much continued success.”

The Aluvision system provides lightweight solutions for straight and curved hard panel or fabric walls, backlit fabric structures, free standing displays, hanging signs and many more. The company’s modular frame concepts meets American tradeshow standards and through its rental program, labor and drayage costs are reduced.

“Gwinnett’s ability to attract innovative, international companies to relocate and expand into global markets highlights the resources found here,” said Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. “Our access to Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a skilled workforce and a pro-business community make this a great location for international companies to expand and succeed.”
Nico Wijnberg, Senior Project Manager on the international investment team at GDEcD worked with Electric Cities of Georgia and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development as the representative from the state on this project.

Murrelektronik Expands Operations in Gwinnett County 

Murrelektronik, Inc. an automation system components provider specializing in machine and industrial connectivity, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to announce the expansion of its production operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The expansion represents a $2 million capital investment.

Murrelektronik’s 40,000-square-foot facility, located at 1327 Northbrook Parkway, in Gwinnett County, will house the U.S. production of M12 and M8 cordset products.
“Through this production expansion, we are well positioned to include additional products needed to support our local market machine builders and develop industry solutions for the U.S. industrial market,” said Markus Keller, President of Murrelektronik. “We have a goal to become an employer of choice in the metro Atlanta market and we are working everyday towards this goal with innovative ideas and bright people. We thank the community for their continued support.”
Murrelektronik opened in Gwinnett County nine years ago with eight employees and currently has a staff of 45 in its Gwinnett location. The company plans to add up to 20 more positions in Gwinnett during 2016.

“Murrelektronik’s expansion in Gwinnett County speaks to our pro-business culture and strong economic environment,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are pleased that Murrelektronik is growing in Gwinnett and look forward to their continued success.”

Murrelektronik’s decision to expand production operations centered on a strategic plan to position for entry into U.S. manufacturing. The company cited Gwinnett’s existing manufacturing and logistics cluster, as well as a strong educational resources as a driving force in the expansion decision.

"As the manufacturing industry evolves, employers are seeking higher-level skills than what we traditionally associated with manufacturing,” said Dave McCulloch, Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Technical College. "Employers are seeking a workforce with both soft skills as well as technical skills. Companies like Murrelektronik chose to expand in Gwinnett because of the wealth of educational and business resources available, ensuring them access to the best and the brightest workforce.”
“The outlook for the manufacturing and logistics remains bright across our nation and especially in our community,” said Shantell Wilson, Senior Project Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.  “Manufacturing companies are constantly seeking ways to reduce costs and remain competitive in global markets. Murrelektronik is an example of how companies are finding that Gwinnett offers everything needed to grow.”
In addition to the expansion in Gwinnett, Murrelektronik recently acquired Data Panel, a Minnesota-based company specializing in custom control solutions for on and off-road mobile equipment and for the second year in a row, Murrelektronik is recognized as a top manufacturer of choice for their cordset products by the readers of Control Design Magazine.
Gwinnett is home to nearly 900 manufacturing and logistics firms. The average annual employment in 2014 was 24,994 an increase of 4.5% from 2013, and the average annual wage for 2014 was $67,474.