Archive for May, 2010

Hiring Freeze For Teaching Jobs in Gwinnett County

Monday, May 31st, 2010

ManyGeorgia counties are eliminating teaching jobs, and Gwinnett is no different, as they plan on putting a hiring freeze on teaching jobs in Gwinnett County (click here).

Counties across the state are being critized for sparing the highest ranks of central office school staffs while terminating teaching jobs left and right.

Gwinnett County is no except.

According to an analysis, while metro school districts have laid off “central office staff,” most of those cuts are lower-salaried jobs, not high-paid administrators. (Many of these folks function as cabinets to the superintendents, and I think few leaders ever want to get rid of their personal posses.)


Sony Ericsson Creates Sales Jobs in Atlanta

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, one of the top, global, mobile phone manufacturers which serves the worldwide communications market, is setting up shop in Georgia, a move that will create hundreds of sales jobs in Atlanta (click here).

According to the, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications will locate the company’s new Americas headquarters in Atlanta, staffing approximately 180 jobs at the mobile technology company.

The company will lease space in the Terminus 200 Building in the Buckhead community in Atlanta.

“We are pleased to welcome Sony Ericsson to Georgia, which represents yet another major corporate headquarters location for our state, and further enhances our reputation as a leader in innovation,” said Governor Perdue. “The Atlanta region is known for its pipeline of skilled talent for the technology sector, so it is exciting to see a significant number of meaningful opportunities made available to our workforce.”


General Electric to Create Energy Jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

General Electric said it will create 400 new high-paying energy jobs in Atlanta (click here).

It will locate its $15 million Smart Grid Center of Excellence, a project supporters say establishes metro Atlanta as a focal point for the green energy industry, in Cobb County.

According to, to open by this fall near the Cobb Galleria and Interstate-75, it will include the world headquarters of GE’s new Digital Energy business, a smart grid engineering laboratory, and an exhibition area showing how the smart grid works. Employees will conduct research and development and application engineering.

Smart grid is the name given to a more directed and efficient digital technology system of distribution of electricity to consumers. Advocates say it can better regulate power demand and supply and offer benefits such as quicker restoration of electricity in the event of outages.

Hundreds of Entry-Level Jobs in Atlanta Created

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency has said that they will be putting Atlanta teens to work this summer by creating hundreds of entry-level jobs in Atlanta (click here).

About 3,000 students will be able to work, with help in large part coming from federal stimulus money, said Deborah Lum, executive director of the AWDA. They’ll work at the police and fire departments and at City Hall, to name a few.

According to, the application deadline for those jobs closed April 30 and now there is a waiting list. For those who’ve waited until the last minute to find work at places like Six Flags, restaurants and malls, it may be tough going. Employers have added 290,000 jobs, but those are primarily for grownups. A new report shows that unemployment for those ages 16-to-24 has doubled from three years ago, to 20 percent.


Atlanta Airline Jobs Eliminated

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, has announced a bevy of fee hikes, which will result in the elimination of many Atlanta airline jobs (click here).

According to, certain fees such as short-term and daily parking and charges to operators of airport shuttles, among others, are going to have to go up. And 67 airport employees are going to lose their jobs.

At a Tuesday budget hearing before Atlanta City Council, the two top officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said its revenues will plunge nearly 10 percent to $355.2 million in fiscal year 2011 in part because of continued weakness in air travel, but also because of revenues no longer collected under the city’s new master lease agreement with its largest tenant, Delta Air Lines Inc.

An accounting change has also caused headaches this year, which airport General Manager Ben DeCosta called the most difficult budget cycle in his career at Hartsfield-Jackson.


German Firm to Create 50 Manufacturing Jobs in Gwinnett County

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Hettich America L.P., a German manufacturer of hardware for kitchen cabinets and furniture, is consolidating existing Georgia operations into a larger building, a move that is expected to create up to 50 new manufacturing jobs in Gwinnett County.

According to, the 150,000-square-foot building in Buford will house manufacturing, sales, research and development, and engineering. Those functions will be moved out of two locations totaling 120,000 square feet in Baldwin and Alpharetta.

With the move, Hettich is banking on growth that will create 50 new jobs in the next few years, according to a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce news release.

Hettich produces slides drawer systems, hinges, slides and other hardware. The Gwinnett location will be the company’s only U.S. presence. The U.S. branch is a subsidiary of the Hettich Group, which is headquartered in Kirchlengern, Germany. The company employs 5,500 people worldwide and has customers in more than 100 countries.

“Hettich is continuing to launch new products and expand its operations. We needed a location that would give us opportunity to grow over the coming years and one that would be centrally located for both our Baldwin and Alpharetta employees,” said president of Hettich America Thomas Ginschel. “We also required a location from which we could pull talent and a qualified work force, and Gwinnett was the perfect fit for our needs.”

The new facility will house the company’s divisions of sales, manufacturing, research and development, and all other positions. It is also the company’s only U.S.-based location. Hettich supplies products to well-known companies such as Sub-Zero, Whirlpool/Maytag, American Woodmark, and Homecrest. The facility will open in early 2011.

Hettich America announced it will consolidate its Baldwin and Alpharetta, Georgia locations into one Gwinnett County site in Buford. The two facilities have a total area of 120,000 square feet, while the new space will have 150,000 square feet with room for growth. The relocation will bring 100 jobs to Gwinnett County, with the possibility of 50 more over the next few years.