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Company to hold open house at new Suwanee facility

SUWANEE - Gwinnett-based manufacturer Thomco recently moved from its 22,000-square-foot facility in Lawrenceville to a new 61,000-square-foot facility in Suwanee.

The company has seen steady growth over the past 11⁄2 years, increasing its number of employees by nearly 25 percent. Debbie Martin, marketing manager for Thomco, hopes to see even more growth as the company goes forward.

"It's a huge jump," Martin said of moving the company's 50 employees to a facility three times the size of its old building.

Thomco's primary focus is distributing 3M adhesives and tapes, but it has also expanded to include a light manufacturing, converting and custom label business.

Martin said the company has been able to retain most of its old customers while adding new ones and that has helped fuel Thomco's expansion.

Expanding the county's current companies is one of the goals of Partnership Gwinnett, said Chip Mitchell, business development manager for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Partnership Gwinnett is a county initiative that hopes to add 65,400 new jobs in the county over the next five years.

"It is encouraging to see manufacturers like Thomco choose to stay in Gwinnett when they require larger facilities and additional employees," Mitchell said.

But Martin said the company's owners, who live in Gwinnett, never really had any intentions of moving Thomco outside of the county.

"We've always been here and we want to keep jobs here," Martin said.

If you go

•What: Open house for Thomco's new manufacturing facility

•When: Today, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

•Where: Northbrook Industrial Park, 1100 Northbrook Parkway, Suwanee