Scottish company to open headquarters in Norcross

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Scottish company will locate its U.S. headquarters in Norcross, a move that will bring 100 jobs to the area over the next three years, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Thursday.

Redeem plc, an international leader in the recovery, reuse and recycling of used printer cartridges and mobile phones, will operate in the U.S. as Recycling Appeal USA, and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has signed on to be its first nonprofit partner.

"We are delighted to be launching our U.S. operations in Georgia. While Redeem has had presence in the United States for some time, the opening of our new headquarters in Atlanta signifies our commitment to establishing Recycling Appeal USA in America," Redeem Chief Executive Officer Jamie Rae said. "With United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta as our first charity partner we are confident we will get an excellent response and raise public awareness of the importance of recycling cell phones and print cartridges and raising funds."

The company expects to begin operations Monday in 12,000-square-feet of leased space at 5600 Oakbrook Parkway in Norcross.

"Creating new jobs for Georgians, bringing innovative businesses to the state and promoting the wise use of our resources have all been top priorities for my administration," Perdue said. "I'm extremely pleased that this project embraces all of these initiatives and will provide new opportunities for our state's vitally important nonprofit sector."

According to economic development officials, the company's decision to partner with a nonprofit is a successful business model in Europe.

"Our state has a reputation as a launching pad for innovation, and we look forward to helping Redeem's operations expand throughout the state and the nation," said Craig Lesser, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.