Archive for December, 2013

CEOs plan to hire for Atlanta IT jobs

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

A new report shows that CEOs plan to hire for Atlanta IT jobs.

For the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast, 18 percent of Atlanta-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2014. This is up 9 points as compared to projections from the previous six-month period (June-December 2013). Another 65 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 15 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 3 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the first six months of the year.

In terms of recruiting, 65 percent of Atlanta CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking (16 percent), help desk/technical support (14 percent) and security (13 percent).

The survey results suggest that Atlanta CIOs are optimistic about their companies’ growth and IT investments. Ninety percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the first six months of 2014. This compares to 87 percent in the last half of 2013.

Sixty-five percent of CIOs also said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the first half of 2014. This compares to 58 percent in the last six months of 2013.

Fifty-seven percent of Atlanta technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and windows administration followed, with 53 percent and 50 percent of the response, respectively.

The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook. The 2013 projections are based on an average of two separate CIO surveys conducted in the second and third quarters of 2013. In each of these surveys, 100 CIOs were asked about their hiring plans for the next three months. The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees.

Tire company creates manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Toyo Tire is breaking ground at a new location and creating manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

The company has built a a 700,000-square foot addition to its current 2,000,000-square foot tire manufacturing plant.

The warehouse portion of the facility will also be expanded by 323,000-square feet in order to accommodate the increasing demand for Toyo Tires and Nitto brand premium light truck and passenger car tires.

The TNA manufacturing facility first broke ground in 2004 and features a proprietary automated production system called A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module). The first tire rolled off the line in early 2006 when the company employed a staff of 81 people. It has since undergone three expansion projects, more than doubling the size of the facility and now employing a staff of more than 1,000.

“We are proud to manufacture tires for North America, on North American soil,” said Jim Hawk, president, Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc. “This plant, and the people who work in it, play an important role in supporting consumers and our dealers as demand for our products continues to grow. This fourth expansion will help us answer that demand.”

In May 2009, TNA was named Georgia Manufacturer of the Year by the State of Georgia. In September of this year, TNA achieved its certification to the latest ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems. On November 27, 2013, the manufacturing facility reached a milestone by achieving a total production of 20,000,000 tires since it was founded.

Company merger creates Atlanta energy jobs

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

A recent company merger of two giants will create Atlanta energy jobs, among other jobs.

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Harsco Corporation have completed transactions resulting in the combination of Harsco’s Infrastructure business with Brand.

CD&R funds will hold a majority position in the new company, which will operate under the Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services name and generate approximately $3 billion in pro forma revenues.

The Board of Directors will include representatives from CD&R, Brand and Harsco Corporation and CD&R Partner John Krenicki, Jr., former Vice Chairman of General Electric and President and CEO of GE Energy, will serve as Lead Director. Brand will retain its existing headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia.

“The combination of Brand and Harsco Infrastructure creates a true global leader in both specialized industrial services and forming & shoring. The resulting global footprint, breadth of services and history of technical expertise allow us to offer best-in-class services and solutions to customers in the growing energy and infrastructure markets worldwide,” said Paul Wood, who will continue to serve in his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company.

Financing for the transaction was led by Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs Bank USA and UBS Investment Bank, followed by, in alphabetical order, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., ING Capital LLC, Natixis Securities Americas LLC, RBS Securities Inc., SG Americas Securities, LLC, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.