AES Clean Technology opens facility in Gwinnett

SUWANEE - A new $5 million, 80,000-square-foot facility for AES Clean Technology recently opened to the delight of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce officials.

According to Lisa Sherman, a manager in the economic development wing of the chamber, the expansion represents another success for the group's economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett.

"Since 2007 and the launch of this program, we've recorded 59 expansions or relocations in Gwinnett," Sherman said. "This shows that businesses are taking advantage of the tax incentive ordinance put into place in December 2006."

Of those 59 businesses mentioned, Sherman rattled off Norcross-based Suniva, Meggitt Defense Systems of Suwanee, EMS Technologies and Kaiser Permanente to name a few. She also included Time Warner and its $12 million investment installing fiber optic cable across the county. With AES Clean Technology now adding to the mix, Gwinnett is adding a strong asset for the life science and biotech industries, said Bill Davis, a business development manager for the chamber.

"They will be a tremendous asset for pharma companies and others requiring clean room technology looking to move into the area," Davis said.

Partnership Gwinnett's goal is to create 65,000 new jobs and $5.8 billion in new wealth over a five-year period. With AES now on the books about a year-and-a-half into the program, that's 50 jobs and $5 million the initiative can put toward its goal.

"We are very happy to be here in Suwanee, Georgia," said AES Vice President Rob Satterfield. "When you look around at Suwanee and Gwinnett County, you know that this community exudes on-target, cutting-edge urban planning. It is exemplary of the type of community that advanced technology companies seek out when looking to expand their businesses."

The new building is using 10,000 square feet for offices and another 35,000 square feet

for manufacturing. The remaining space will be used for future expansion and growth with the hope being achieving triple production sometime later. With national sites ranging from 1,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet, AES focuses on full-time management of quality control and continuous improvement in life science, pharma and biotechnology-based industries.