Archive for the ‘Manufacturing’ Category

MFG on Manufacturing Jobs in Atlanta

Monday, December 6th, 2010

MFGWatch has a new report on manufacturing jobs in Atlanta and around the nation., the largest global sourcing marketplace for the manufacturing industry today announced the results of their latest two-part MFGWatch survey. For the fifth straight quarter, more than one-third of North American manufacturers responding to the quarterly survey said that they’ve experienced a significant supply chain disruption in the past three months – one that has forced the engagement of an alternative source – although the number of respondents indicating they’ve experienced disruptions dropped to 40% from 51% in the previous quarter.

Other findings include:

* North American Buyers in Q3 ’10 have shown some improved employment activity. 26% of large manufacturers state that they have increased employment; much more than the 18% that in the previous quarter had indicated they would add employees. Conversely, while the 21% that had indicated they had reduced staffs is down slightly from the previous quarter, it is still much higher than those that anticipated any retraction (8%).

* For the first time since Q3 ’09, there are fewer Large Manufacturers in North America that have experienced a significant supply chain disruption than from the previous quarter. The 40% that stated they’d experienced those disruptions represents a significant drop from the previous quarter (51%); however, 40% still represents a significant level of risk and pressure on spend and supply chain management resources across industries. (more…)

Manhattan Associates Hiring for Logistics Jobs in Atlanta

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Manhattan Associates has announced that after initial layoffs they are now hiring for logistics jobs in Atlanta.

The company released its second quarter results and said that after laying off 140 people last year, they are now looking to add about 50 people.

Most will be IT positions. They currently have about 900 associates total in the Atlanta area.

Revenue rose 33 percent in the second quarter to $77.6 million. Profit was $8.2 million, or 36 cents a share, compared to a loss of $556,000 a year ago, or 2 cents a share. (more…)

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.

Big Companies Create IT, Manufacturing Jobs in Atlanta

Monday, March 8th, 2010

More and more big businesses are setting up shop in Georgia’s capital, creating hundreds of new IT and manufacturing jobs in Atlanta, among other industries.

Atlanta is attracting some big names. According to, a string of headquarter relocations and consolidations have included mobile phone giant Sony Ericsson, which announced in November that it would move its North American headquarters from Research Triangle Park, N.C., to Atlanta.

The move combined its North America region and its Latin America region, based in Miami, to create Region Americas in Atlanta.

Other recent wins include the Belgian solar company Enfinity Corp. with Americas headquarters in Sandy Springs; tax advisory firm CCH Small Firm Services, with corporate headquarters in Kennesaw; and aluminum giant Novelis Inc. with North American headquarters heading to Buckhead.


Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs Cut at Pipe Plant

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Mueller Water Products, a North-Birmingham-based U.S. Pipe & Foundry ductile iron pipe manufacturing plant, has said it will cut 260 Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

According to Birmingham Biz Journals, a downturn in the economy and the automation of its systems at its other plants were the reasons Atlanta-based Mueller cited for the shut down.

The shutdown is expected to happen by or on March 31, 2010.


Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs to Rebound

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

There could be some hope for those workers looking to secure Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

A monthly survey of companies by Kennesaw State University found that during June, the industry saw an increase in the components that often lead to overall growth, including rises in new orders and production. And although the manufacturing industry still lost jobs during the month, hiring was not as low as during previous months.

“Employment remains … very low relative to the level of new orders and production,” Don Sabbarese, director of the Kennesaw State Econometric Center, said.


Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs Created by NCR

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

One company is helping to create thousands of Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

NCR Corp., which is a Fortune 500 company, recently announced its plan to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dayton, Ohio to Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. That move will create 1,250 jobs in the Atlanta metro area and more than 2,100 jobs throughout the state during the next five years, according to an article by The Associated Press.

NCR also said it plans to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Columbus, Ga. That plant alone will create an additional 870 jobs during the next five years. The company is the world’s leading provider of ATMs and also makes cash registers and airline check-in kiosks. The company employs 23,000 workers throughout the world.


Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs Created by KMC Group

Monday, May 18th, 2009

One company is planning to create new Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

According to an article by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, KMC Group recently announced that it will open its first U.S. plant in Atlanta, a move that will create 60 jobs and invest $5 million into the economy. KMC Group, which is based in Korea, makes ball valves for use in gas lines, oil fields, chemical plants and offshore platforms.

“More than 40 percent of new companies coming to Atlanta are international,” Hans Gant, senior vice president of economic development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, said in the article. “We have the talent, we have the access to the marketplace through our airport and we are strengthening Atlanta’s position as a hub for global companies. There are currently more than 2,000 international businesses in metro Atlanta, and that number continues to grow with companies like KMC.”


Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs Cut with Rheem

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

One company is planning to cut more than 1,000 Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

Rheem Manufacturing Company has announced it will shut down its 650,000-square-foot plant in Milledgeville, Ga., a move that will eliminate 1,200 Atlanta jobs. The company is closing the facility as part of a consolidation effort between operations in Arkansas and Mexico, according to an article by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

“This is a very difficult decision for us, and we understand it will have a tremendous impact on our employees, their families and the Milledgeville community,” Chief Operating Officer Chris Peel said in the article. “Unfortunately, the precipitous drop in new construction and the global economic crisis show no signs of short-term recovery, a situation which has forced us to take this difficult course of action.”


Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs Added with Atlanta Fiberglass USA

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

In one bright spot for Atlanta, whose economy has been declining along with the rest of the nation, a new plant will create more Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

Atlanta Fiberglass USA recently purchased a plant in Washington-Wilkes County. It is currently expected that about 25 workers will be hired at the plant and more positions will be available shortly, according to an article by WJBF. The company specializes in making fiberglass for nuclear plants, computers, surf boards and boats.

“The ultimate goal is to bring manufacturing back to the United States,” Madanjit Oberoi, president of Atlanta Fiberglass USA, said in the article. “We plan to add new facilities in this building here, like weaving and battery separators and also automotive insulation parts.