Archive for January, 2014

Merger creates Atlanta manufacturing jobs

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The merger of three companies has created several Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc. has acquired Atlanta-based Conveying Solutions, Inc. and Allied Conveyor Systems to form the Georgia office of Hy-Tek’s Integrated Systems Division.

Hy-Tek Integrated Systems/Atlanta employs 14 and is overseen by Mickey Thompson, Conveying Solutions and Allied Conveyor Systems principal. With retail experience, Conveying Solutions provides material handling solutions to Neiman Marcus and other luxury retailers, along with discount and chain stores nationwide.

Conveying Solutions also is the authorized dealer for Kardex Remstar vertical storage systems in Alabama and Georgia. Allied Conveyor Systems manufactures overhead and floor conveyor systems for industries including automotive, electronic, and agriculture.

Hy-Tek and its industry partners manufacturers of industrial trucks, construction equipment, conveyor control software, automated storage and retrieval systems, racks, shelving, and conveyor systems.

The acquisition will boost Hy-Tek’s 2014 revenues to approximately $95 million, up 20% over 2013. Columbus, Ohio-based Hy-Tek is the single-source provider of material handling solutions for industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, pharmaceutical, food, electronics, and automotive. The acquisition was announced by Hy-Tek CEO Sam Grooms.

Company hires for manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

East West Manufacturing said it has recruited a veteran to fill manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

The global contract manufacturing company has hired former US Army officer, Kathryn Ellis.

Ellis joins the customer service team as the lead liaison between the company’s China office and US based customers. Ellis is responsible for logistics, inventory, and communications, and will be based in Atlanta.

Ellis served a combined seven years in the US Army and Army Reserves. She spent one year in a Forward Operation Base near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

As Movement Control Officer, Ellis led the teams responsible for coordinating all logistical airfield and truck operations in support of thousands of soldiers. She was promoted to Executive Officer upon her return to Ft. Stewart, located near Savannah, GA. Kathryn holds a BS from the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Intelligence.

East West Manufacturing (EW) is an Atlanta-based global contract manufacturer for original equipment manufacturers and distributors throughout the United States and Europe.

“Kathryn joins East West at an important time as our double-digit growth continues,” said Scott Ellyson, CEO of East West Manufacturing. “Her leadership, logistics, and communication skills, paired with absolute ‘can – do’ attitude, are a huge boost to our team. As an organization we have core values that live beyond a list on the wall. Supporting the men and women that protect our country is very important to East West. We are honored to have Kathryn join our team.”

Atlanta IT jobs in demand

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

A Robert Half hiring forecast survey shows that Atlanta IT jobs are in demand, and CIOs are busy expanding their employment rosters.

According to the survey, 18% of CIOs plan to expand their teams in 2014.

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.

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.

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.

“We continue to see many Atlanta businesses investing in IT initiatives,” said Cheryl Fulton, Atlanta branch manager of Robert Half Technology. “As local companies grow, we’re seeing increased demand for new network engineers and help desk support.”

Company hires for executive jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

One large company has gone ahead and selected an internal hire for executive jobs in Atlanta.

Georgia Transmission, a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 38 Electric Membership Corporations, has selected Jerry Donovan for president and chief executive officer.

Donovan has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2009.

Donovan will lead a not-for-profit electric cooperative that is owned by, and delivers high-capacity power to, 38 of Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs). The state’s 41 customer-owned electric cooperatives provide electric service to nearly half the state’s population, across more than 70 percent of the state. GTC has 285 employees.

Donovan will oversee one of the nation’s few electric transmission-only businesses. As a member-owned cooperative, GTC plans, builds and maintains more than 3,000 miles of electric power lines and more than 600 substations. As chief operating officer, he managed an annual construction program of more than $100 million for new facilities to meet Georgia’s rapidly growing energy demand.

Donovan has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in the areas of planning, design, construction and maintenance management of electrical transmission and distribution facilities. He served as manager of GTC’s construction and project management program when the company was formed in 1997. In 1999, Mr. Donovan assumed the role of vice president of project services and, in 2009, he was named senior vice president and chief operating officer.

“In addition to impressive management credentials in the energy business, Jerry is a natural leader,” said GTC Board Chairman Charles R. Fendley. “He is level-headed and his sincerity and strategic thinking help him connect with and inspire the EMCs’ managers and employees.”