Archive for August, 2017

Exchange to connect job seekers with Atlanta defense jobs

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

A new exchange will endeavor to connect job seekers with Atlanta defense jobs.

The Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX), an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.

“From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” said Deal. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state. The GDX platform will allow us to equip companies with the tools they need to be competitive in acquiring DOD contracts while ensuring that this long-standing tradition continues in Georgia.”

GDX offers Georgia’s defense contracting community a one-stop data research and collaboration platform. The platform was designed to support and engage businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors with its rich data visualizations, interactive dashboards, real-time DOD data and business-to-business communication tools. GDX will open new opportunities for both traditionally defense-related businesses and service-oriented companies with no experience in defense contracting.

Lockheed Martin, Meggitt, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman account for some of the largest defense contracts in Georgia. Additionally, more than $3 billion of Georgia’s defense contracts are related to services for facility maintenance, science and engineering, equipment and construction.

“We pride ourselves on maintaining the best business environment in the nation, and providing top-notch resources for our citizens,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “GDX levels the playing field, giving small businesses in Georgia the chance to know about and respond to the many defense contracting opportunities that are available.

I am confident that all Georgia companies will benefit tremendously from GDX, and that our state will increase its competitive advantage in this sector.”

Company creates manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a manufacturer of environmental components, will create an additional 211 jobs and invest $30 million to expand its facility in Rockmart.

“Georgia values Meggitt’s steadfast commitment to creating jobs and investing in Polk County,” said Deal. “Meggitt already enjoys a significant presence in Polk County with 1,000 employees and understands the benefits of operating in the top state for business. Meggitt’s decision to expand its workforce is a reflection of Georgia’s ability to retain dynamic manufacturing companies with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce. We are looking forward to growing our relationship with Meggitt and seeing the company continue to succeed here in Georgia.”

Meggitt currently employs 1,000 individuals in Rockmart. Newly created jobs include positions in production, supervision, management, engineering, inspection and technical roles.

“As Meggitt Polymers & Composites continues to grow globally, we will also continue to expand here in Rockmart, Georgia,” said David Horner, president of Meggitt Polymers & Composites. “I would like to thank Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDECD) for all their hard work and collaboration. The state of Georgia is the perfect environment for us to accelerate our business growth and create more jobs in the near future.”

Meggitt specifically designs and manufactures military and commercial aircraft fuel tanks, fuel systems and advanced composite structures, including radomes for in-flight satellite communications.

“On behalf of the Mayor, City Council, city staff and the citizens of Rockmart and Polk County, we are excited to hear that Meggitt Composites & Polymers will be once again expanding their operations here in Rockmart,” said Rockmart City Manager Jeff Ellis. “We are thankful for their continued support and trust in our community over the years and we extend our welcome once again and for many years into the future. Together we will continue to grow and prosper. We thank them for believing in us as much as we do them.”

Startup exchange program puts spotlight on Atlanta jobs

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta have launched the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange Program—a one-week international residency which will provide eight selected companies a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom, and will boost Atlanta jobs.

“We are happy to launch this year’s International Startup Exchange Program in partnership with the City of Toulouse, the U.K. Department for International Trade, Invest Newcastle and Sage. Our office works to provide Atlanta companies with unique opportunities and resources to increase their global presence and achieve substantial growth,” said Claire Angelle, Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs. “The International Trade Administration reports that companies which export grow faster, pay higher wages and are more resilient than companies relying solely on the domestic market. We invite entrepreneurs throughout the region to apply for this exciting program.”

As part of the program, Atlanta will also welcome four startups from Toulouse and the U.K. to participate in Atlanta Cyber Week scheduled for October 1- 7 or Venture Atlanta Week slated for October 8-14.

“We look forward to building off the success of last year’s startup exchange by further strengthening the bonds between the Atlanta startup community with those in our sister cities of Toulouse and Newcastle,” said Kevin Johnson, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Invest Atlanta, the City’s economic development agency. “Atlanta has become a top-ranked tech capital, thanks to our talent base, a growing cluster of 20 innovation centers and programs like this one that connect talented entrepreneurs from around the world.”

Toulouse and Newcastle were selected for sharing growing industries and strong, existing relationships with Atlanta. Over the course of the one-week residency, the selected startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences and engage with investors, business leaders and potential clients in the aerospace, smart cities and cybersecurity industries. Selected startups will also receive roundtrip airfare, accommodations, dedicated co-working space and ground transportation for one representative.

Company creates logistics jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Coyote Logistics LLC, a business unit of Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc., will create 325 professional jobs, with some being logistics jobs in Atlanta.

“Georgia’s solid logistics and distribution sector continues to attract thriving companies such as Coyote Logistics,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This announcement is indicative of not only our pro-business environment, but our incredible relationship with UPS as well. Georgia offers a wealth of opportunities for global connectivity, and I look forward to the success that Coyote will have in our state.”

Coyote will build out nearly 48,000 square feet of office space at 255 Ottley Drive in Northeast Atlanta, and create new full-time sales and customer service positions. The Chicago-based company utilizes proprietary technology and a strong, high-performing workforce to facilitate the movement of goods between shipping companies and carriers across a range of modes and services.

“Georgia continues to gain momentum in attracting logistics companies seeking unparalleled access to the Southeastern market,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “Coyote’s investment and decision to locate to Georgia will allow the UPS subsidiary to benefit from our arsenal of resources, including a well-connected business community and an expansive transportation infrastructure ready to serve its growing customer base. UPS is already making a substantial economic impact in the metro Atlanta area, and we look forward to welcoming Coyote to build on its success.”

“The Atlanta office will support Coyote growth for our customer, carrier, operations and 24/7 response teams,” said Jonathan Sisler, Coyote president. “We’re growing our business globally, and that attracts interest in Coyote. We plan to draw upon top local talent who have the skills and initiative for our fast pace.”

 

Platform to boost Atlanta contracting jobs

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

A new business development platform will go towards creating more Atlanta contracting jobs.

The Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX) is an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.

“From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” said Deal. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state. The GDX platform will allow us to equip companies with the tools they need to be competitive in acquiring DOD contracts while ensuring that this long-standing tradition continues in Georgia.”

GDX offers Georgia’s defense contracting community a one-stop data research and collaboration platform. The platform was designed to support and engage businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors with its rich data visualizations, interactive dashboards, real-time DOD data and business-to-business communication tools. GDX will open new opportunities for both traditionally defense-related businesses and service-oriented companies with no experience in defense contracting.

Lockheed Martin, Meggitt, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman account for some of the largest defense contracts in Georgia. Additionally, more than $3 billion of Georgia’s defense contracts are related to services for facility maintenance, science and engineering, equipment and construction.

“We pride ourselves on maintaining the best business environment in the nation, and providing top-notch resources for our citizens,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “GDX levels the playing field, giving small businesses in Georgia the chance to know about and respond to the many defense contracting opportunities that are available. I am confident that all Georgia companies will benefit tremendously from GDX, and that our state will increase its competitive advantage in this sector.”