A new round of manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

March 25th, 2018

Another company is creating more valuable manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

VanRiet Material Handling Systems, a Dutch manufacturer of automated transport and sorting solutions, will create more than 70 jobs in Fulton County. This will be VanRiet’s fourth location, and first in the United States.

“International investment is a vital component to the state’s economy, and we find that Georgia provides the ideal environment for international companies to thrive,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are excited that VanRiet Material Handling Systems chose Georgia. Our dedication to maintaining strong global partnerships has allowed us to maintain a welcoming environment for international companies such as VanRiet.”

VanRiet Material Handling Systems, specialist in automatic transport and sorting solutions, is focusing on the American market by opening a facility in Fulton County. The market is of interest for the Dutch system integrator due to the growing demand for solutions in North America among its current customers. In the U.S. the company will deliver sub-systems and cooperate with other system integrators in the CEP, e-commerce and 3PL markets.

“At VanRiet, we strive for full-fledged partnerships,” says CEO Rik van den Boog. “This means that we explore the possibilities when our international customers ask us whether we can also develop, implement and maintain our intralogistics solutions in the United States, besides in Europe and Asia. Given our growth ambitions and the increasing demand, the opening of a sales office and production facility in the US constitutes a logical step for us.”

“Moreover, we find that the automation wave that has swept Europe in the last ten years is only just gaining ground there. So, it is a good time to go there,” adds Marketing Manager Henne Tap.

GDEcD’s Director of International Investment, Nico Wijnberg, represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Georgia EMC.

Companies create more manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

March 25th, 2018

One company is busy creating more manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

OFS Fitel, LLC (OFS), manufacturer of optical fiber products, will create 200 jobs and invest $138.9 million in the expansion of both their Norcross and Carrollton facilities.

“It is always a win when an existing industry commits to an expansion, but what makes this announcement even more impactful that is that OFS is creating job opportunities at two facilities in the state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Congratulations to both Gwinnett and Carroll County. OFS has been an incredible corporate citizen and I am excited for their continued commitment to Georgia.”

OFS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese parent company, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.  In 2017 Furukawa Electric announced plans to nearly double its 2016 optical fiber manufacturing capacity by 2019 and to increase its optical fiber cable manufacturing capacity. Japan is a leading investor nation in Georgia, ranking first among Georgia’s international investors based on total dollar value of investments, and third based on total number of facilities.

“The proliferation of hyper-scale and edge data centers, 5G wireless, and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), along with the greater digitization of communications in business, are creating the need for fiber in the Georgia and around the world,” said Timothy F. Murray, head of the Global Optical Fiber and Cable business of Furukawa Electric and CEO of OFS.  “Furukawa Electric is responding with greater capacity, which you can see with the expansions and employment growth in Norcross and Carrollton.  We foresee this demand continuing into the next decade with communication traffic estimated to increase during this period.”

“OFS’ expansion in Gwinnett is a direct reflection of our superior workforce and business friendly climate,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. “We are proud that global leaders, like OFS, continue to invest in Gwinnett and we look forward to the company’s continued success.”

Company to create data center jobs in Atlanta

March 25th, 2018

The opening of a new facility will create more data center jobs in Atlanta.

Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook,” said Deal. “It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project. We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognizing Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business, but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future. This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”

The Newton Data Center will be part of the highly advanced infrastructure that helps Facebook provide apps and services to more than 2 billion people around the world. The new facility will be Facebook’s ninth data center in the U.S.

“As a company, Facebook is committed to creating positive impact at the local level – that means hiring, partnering and investing locally,” said Rachel Peterson, VP of Data Center Strategy at Facebook. “We are thrilled to be making Georgia our new home and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the state, Newton County, and our new community.”

Facebook will construct two buildings to occupy 970,000 square feet. The buildings will be fully operational in 2020.

Facebook’s data centers are among the most advanced, energy-efficient facilities in the world. The Newton Data Center will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy, and cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners. The facility will also house Facebook’s hyper-efficient hardware, which powers apps and other services.

Initiative boosts Atlanta entrepreneur jobs

February 27th, 2018

A new initiative is helping to boost Atlanta entrepreneur jobs.

The City of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) announced its 2018-19 cohort of 15 entrepreneurs. As the nation’s only city-funded incubator for women business owners, WEI provides an ecosystem of educational resources, access to funding assistance and mentorship to women business owners.

“I am proud of the results that have been achieved through our Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. These inspirational women are helping foster economic growth in Atlanta, and are worthy of our admiration and support,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “With support from WEI, I am confident their journeys will continue to be successful and will serve as motivation for other aspiring women entrepreneurs to pursue their own dreams.”

With businesses ranging from innovative information technology solutions to niche retail products, the group of promising, Atlanta-based woman entrepreneurs will participate in WEI’s 15-month program, which is housed in a unique workspace in downtown Atlanta’s iconic Flatiron Building, the city’s oldest standing skyscraper. The WEI program is designed to foster their growth and sustainability through business education, financial literacy, access to mentors and consultants, and peer-to-peer networking.

“The 2018-19 class is filled with talented, ambitious and proven business leaders, each with a vision for success that WEI is proud to help empower,” said Founding Executive Director Theia Smith. “They represent the contribution women are bringing to the economic growth of Atlanta as innovators, problem solvers and job creators.”

An idea sparked by former Mayor Kasim Reed during his first mayoral campaign, WEI was launched to align entrepreneurial opportunities for women in Atlanta with the City’s mission of elevating and strengthening its economic development efforts. WEI’s inaugural class, which graduated from the program in September 2017, have benefitted from the incubator’s support and are helping bolster Atlanta’s economy. Nine have grown their businesses to be able to hire their first, or an additional employee. Six WEI entrepreneurs have collaborated with a fellow entrepreneur, to create a new business opportunity; and one has scaled her 2017 revenue beyond $1.1 million.

Tax credits create Atlanta jobs

February 27th, 2018

A new investment into tax credits is helping boost Atlanta jobs.

Invest Atlanta has received $60 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to provide gap financing for economic development projects that help create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods in Atlanta.

This latest award is the sixth given to Invest Atlanta in the last 10 years and will be used by Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. (AEMI), Invest Atlanta’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) entity, to fund catalytic development projects in low-income areas.

“My Administration is committed to increasing prosperity for all through our city’s economic development efforts, while steadfastly working to improve equity and affordability in our communities,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This latest New Markets Tax Credit award is one of the largest in the country and will provide additional funding to stimulate investment for residents in parts of our city where greater economic opportunity is needed most.”

Congress established the NMTC program in 2000 to attract investment to areas with low median income and high unemployment.

The NMTC program takes private equity contributed by investors and turns it into gap financing for redevelopment projects. Investors receive non-refundable tax credits in exchange for an equity investment in a local project that demonstrates meaningful community impact. This year, a total of 230 community development entities applied for $3.5 billion of available NMTC allocation and 73 organizations, about 31 percent, received funding.

“We are pleased to see the Treasury Department continues to recognize the impact New Markets Tax Credits are making on economic revitalization and job creation in the City of Atlanta,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Invest Atlanta continues to receive higher award amounts with each application, which has enabled us, through AEMI, to invest in 22 projects since 2010 that have created more than 3,250 jobs in areas that are often overlooked by conventional capital markets.”

New square puts spotlight on tech jobs in Atlanta

February 27th, 2018

A new square is placing the spotlight on tech jobs in Atlanta.

Anthem, Inc. has a new technology center in Midtown Atlanta’s Tech Square.  When opened in 2020, the 352,000 square-foot state-of-the-art structure will house approximately 3,000 multi-disciplinary IT professionals dedicated to simplifying the health care experience for consumers and care providers, improving quality of care, and lowering health care costs.  Anthem, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies.

“Atlanta is rich with technology talent, and we are excited to take this next step in creating a hub for our IT organization here with a contemporary and inspiring space for current and future Anthem IT professionals,” said Tom Miller, Anthem senior vice president of innovation and chief information officer. “Located in the technology epicenter of Atlanta, the collaborative environment will enable Anthem’s IT team to more quickly turn health care ideas into real-time solutions and develop innovative tools and resources that will make it easier and more convenient for consumers to manage their health and wellbeing.”

The architectural firm, John Portman & Associates, designed the building and provided Anthem the opportunity to create spaces that support its progressive and collaborative work style.

More than 14,000 square-feet of terrace area will allow for an inviting green space, bringing the outside in, to support health and wellness. As part of the LEED- and Fitwel-certified design, Anthem placed an emphasis on energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and design that encourages an active work environment through indoor and outdoor spaces.

“Portman is delighted to partner with Anthem to create another significant development in Midtown Atlanta. The Anthem Technology Center will complement Coda and further cement Midtown as the focal destination for businesses that are focused on collaboration, recruitment, and positioning,” said Ambrish Baisiwala, chief executive officer of Portman Holdings. 

Atlanta recreation jobs created

January 28th, 2018

An expansion of a park may create more Atlanta recreation jobs.

Atlanta has signed Letters of Intent with two property owners to purchase the property located at the corner of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive for the historic expansion of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Joining Mayor Reed for the announcement was Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong, Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordon, Chief of Staff Candace L. Byrd, as well as Piedmont Park Conservancy President and CEO Mark Banta and President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Mary Pat Matheson.

“It is fitting that for my final announcement as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, that I had the honor of announcing an historic expansion of Piedmont Park,” said Mayor Reed. “Piedmont Park is our city’s crown jewel, and my friends Mary Pat Matheson and Mark Banta shared my belief that this moment represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to purchase the land needed to expand this beautiful park. I want to thank Mary Pat and Mark for their partnership in this effort, and everyone who made this agreement possible. This expansion will create a new gateway to the park, and will fundamentally transform the area at Monroe and Piedmont. Words cannot express my happiness and my gratitude.”

The purchase of this land will enable the City to create an enhanced landscape that will serve as a gateway entrance to Piedmont Park. As the City moves forward with this project, the Department of Parks and Recreation will host a community engagement process to incorporate public feedback in the park design. The expansion project will include a connection to the Atlanta BeltLine, improved pedestrian trails and access to Piedmont Park, additional open greenspace and forested land.

“I was honored to stand by Mayor Reed today to make this historic announcement. Over the past eight years of his Administration, I believe Mayor Reed has set a new standard for parks and greenspace expansion. He should be honored as one of the greatest parks Mayors our city has ever had, and it has been a tremendous privilege to carry out his vision,” said Commissioner Phuong.

The City will contribute $20 million to the initial acquisition. Carol Tomé, CFO of The Home Depot and a member of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, has volunteered to lead the philanthropic effort raise up to $80 million in private funds to acquire all the remaining property and fund the park design and construction.

An anonymous philanthropist contributed $2 million to support the initial $20 million acquisition. In addition to the gift, the City will leverage various sources, including but not limited to Park Impact Fees, TSPLOST funds and Watershed funds to fund the acquisition. The City will also take on the current leases and utilize the net operating income from generated from those leases.

Company creates manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

January 28th, 2018

One company is busy creating manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

Groupe PSA, a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles, will locate its new North American headquarters in Atlanta.

“I am very pleased that PSA Groupe has selected Atlanta for its North American headquarters and look forward to working with the company’s executive leadership to grow their operations here,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta’s automotive sector continues to expand, and the city is now home to three leading European automotive company headquarters, including PSA Groupe, Mercedes-Benz USA and Porsche Cars North America. Automotive companies are attracted to Atlanta’s highly skilled workforce, a strong research and technology community, and easy access to Europe and points across the world through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.”

With its five world-renowned brands, Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall Motors, as well as its mobility application brand called Free2Move, Groupe PSA is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, and the second largest in Europe.

“We are thrilled that Groupe PSA, the second-largest carmaker in Europe and one of the top mobility providers in the world, has picked Atlanta for its new North American home,” said Governor Deal. “Groupe PSA joins a growing family of innovative automotive manufacturers and suppliers operating here in Georgia. This announcement is a great win for our state and yet another testament to the strength of our business environment and infrastructure.”

“We looked at every aspect of the Atlanta community and found it to be the most suitable location for us,” said Larry Dominique, president of PSA North America. “While the overall business environment, standard of living and university system played an important part in our decision, our unique needs in terms of technology, mobility innovation and car culture ultimately identified Atlanta as our perfect choice.”

In October 2017, Groupe PSA launched Free2Move, a smartphone-based mobility aggregation platform positioned to meet changing customer demands, in North America. They will begin operations in Seattle, and will add more providers and roll out to new cities.

Focus is on Atlanta jobs for women entreprenuers

January 28th, 2018

A city initiative is drawing attention to Atlanta jobs for women.

The City of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) announced its 2018-19 cohort of 15 entrepreneurs. As the nation’s only city-funded incubator for women business owners, WEI provides an ecosystem of educational resources, access to funding assistance and mentorship to women business owners.

“I am proud of the results that have been achieved through our Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. These inspirational women are helping foster economic growth in Atlanta, and are worthy of our admiration and support,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “With support from WEI, I am confident their journeys will continue to be successful and will serve as motivation for other aspiring women entrepreneurs to pursue their own dreams.”

With businesses ranging from innovative information technology solutions to niche retail products, the group of promising, Atlanta-based woman entrepreneurs will participate in WEI’s 15-month program, which is housed in a unique workspace in downtown Atlanta’s iconic Flatiron Building, the city’s oldest standing skyscraper. The WEI program is designed to foster their growth and sustainability through business education, financial literacy, access to mentors and consultants, and peer-to-peer networking.

Chosen from more than 100 applicants, the 2018-19 class is comprised of the following entrepreneurs:

  • Terri-Nichelle Bradley of Brown Toy Box, which exposes and inspires minority children to enrichment activities and career opportunities;
  • Jennifer Graham of Civic Dinners, a civic engagement platform that uses technology to bring diverse voices to the table for conversations that matter;
  • Margaret Lee of Designstyles for LivN, which provides design, build and management services in new construction and renovation for commercial and residential properties;
  • Ellen Hunter of Impactive, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform enabling international non-profits to report on their projects and impact in the global poverty and humanitarian aid sectors;
  • Stefanie Jewitt of Activvely, a social-pairing mobile app that connects individuals with platonic recreational fitness buddies;
  • Kelli F. Kelley of Kelley Brand Communications, a digital marketing firm focused on fully integrated communication strategies designed to connect, inspire and engage;
  • Amber Lewter of Love Acumen, a relationship platform providing information and implementation strategies for working professionals seeking more successful personal and professional relationships;
  • Justina Olatunde Davis of Omodé Play and Create, a technology platform that provides enrichment education to children, through activities such as language immersion, coding, music and martial arts;
  • LaNiesha Butler of ScrapSports, a digital platform for sports scrapbooking, where memories are preserved, triumphs are celebrated, and unique experiences are shared;
  • Shayla McNair of SHAY· LATTE COFFEE (SLC), a premium, nutrient-rich coffee beverage delivering a refreshingly exotic taste along with health benefits and sustained energy;
  • Eva Jane Bunkley of The Makeup Bullet, a patented beauty tool targeting makeup artists that seeks to disrupt the traditional tools used for makeup application and cosmetics;
  • Jamine Moton of The Skylar Firm, a private security company aimed at disrupting the security culture by changing how customers are engaged, procured, managed and represented by the officers they call on to protect them;
  • Kara Brown of SmithBrown Marketing, which offers a wide range of marketing, sales and branding services for small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Katie Culp of tulipcake EMBROIDERY, a garment-decorating resource that creates custom patches and clothing for the Southeast’s film industry; and
  • Marilyn D. Jackson of Undergrid Networks (UGN), a technology engineering firm guiding businesses around the globe in developing solutions based on Blockchain, artificial intelligence, and data innovation.

Company creates tech jobs in Atlanta

December 28th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more tech jobs in Atlanta.

OneTrust, a global privacy management software company, will create 500 jobs and invest $5 million in a Fulton County facility expansion. New jobs at the facility will include positions in sales, consulting, marketing and software engineering.

“Georgia’s status as a top technology hub continues to attract and retain innovative industry leaders like OneTrust,” said Deal. “With years of experience in Georgia’s business community, OneTrust’s leadership recognizes the advantages of operating and expanding in our competitive economic environment. By reinvesting in Georgia’s strategic resources and our deep talent pool, OneTrust will grow its access to the global market and reach its customer base more efficiently. This announcement is a testament to the strength of our technology infrastructure and will further strengthen Georgia’s reputation among technology companies in the global marketplace.”

Backed by the founders of Atlanta-based Manhattan Associates and AirWatch, OneTrust is co-headquartered in Atlanta and London. The company is comprised of a global team of privacy and technology experts and currently employs more than 200 individuals worldwide.

“OneTrust plays a critical role in helping global organizations comply with international privacy regulations, and Atlanta serves as the best city for our business with its easy access to global markets,” said Alan Dabbiere, co-chairman of OneTrust. “Having previously built two successful technology companies in this city, I believe Atlanta has the top technology talent pool for building a leading, successful software company to serve our global customer base.”

OneTrust is used by more than 1,500 organizations globally to comply with data privacy regulations across sectors and jurisdictions, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the renowned and transformative new governance coming out of the European Union. The OneTrust platform helps companies track the full lifecycle of their personal data flows and evaluate them against global regulations to understand risks, communicate directly with customers, employees and vendors to capture consent, handle privacy-related requests and respond appropriately in the event of an incident.