NCR's move a boon
Duluth HQ will add 1,250 jobs

DULUTH - Global technology giant NCR announced Tuesday that it's joining 42 other Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in Georgia and moving its corporate offices to Duluth. That means 1,250 new jobs are coming to Gwinnett County.

The move follows an October announcement that said the company's Duluth office would expand by 300 jobs.

"In total, NCR will have announced the relocation of more than 1,500 new jobs to Gwinnett within the last year," Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce spokesman Nick Masino said. "NCR's announcement today exemplifies exactly why we do what we do in economic development in partnership with our pro-business county government and our many 'Partnership Gwinnett' investors."

NCR's move from Dayton, Ohio, is a big blow for that state, which as late as Monday made an 11th hour effort to keep the company in the state it has called home for more than a century. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland cobbled together a $31.1 million incentive package for NCR, founded as the National Cash Register Co. in 1884. But it wasn't enough.

NCR is eligible for several tax credits and incentives in Georgia, but state officials did not immediately have a price tag on what the total package would be worth.

Lisa Sherman, a spokeswoman for the Chamber, said the expansion of the world's largest provider of ATMs is another "project win" for the nationally recognized economic development initiative known as 'Partnership Gwinnett.'

"NCR's relocation marks the second successful recruitment of a Fortune 500 corporate headquarters to Gwinnett in less than a year," Sherman said in a released statement. Asbury Automotive relocated to Gwinnett last summer from New York.

Chairman Charles Bannister said NCR's relocation demonstrates the county's position as a leading southeast hub for corporate business and lifestyle.

"High-tech, high-wage jobs are essential to the positive growth and development of Gwinnett's business community," Bannister said.

Besides moving its headquarters to Duluth, NCR also announced that it will establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Columbus that will employ an additional 870 people over the next five years. The facility will produce advanced technology that enables consumers to use ATM kiosks for a growing range of financial transactions, such as no-envelope, intelligent deposit. NCR said it would transfer all ATM manufacturing for North America to the Columbus facility by the end of the year.

"The decision to consolidate functions in Georgia and build a technology-focused corporate headquarters campus is right in line with our business strategy to drive growth, improve our innovation output, increase productivity and continually upgrade our focus on the customer," said NCR CEO and Chairman Bill Nuti. "NCR is already benefiting from Georgia's pro-business environment through our existing operations."

Gov. Sonny Perdue said the NCR relocation is another example of the great relationship that has been built between the multinational company and the Peach State.

"Georgia is truly a one-stop shop as a headquarters location for a worldwide leader such as NCR," Perdue said. "We look forward to helping the company thrive thanks to our global business environment, outstanding education and work force development initiatives and a quality of life that is second to none."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SideBar: At a glance

· NCR joins a host of technology businesses with headquarters or major footprints in Gwinnett County. These include Cisco Systems (formerly Scientific Atlanta), EMS Technologies, Quality Technical Services, Sage Software and CCP North America.

· Since the 2007 launch of Partnership Gwinnett, more than 60 companies have expanded or relocated in Gwinnett County, resulting in more than 5,000 new high-wage jobs. Partnership Gwinnett's five-year goal calls for the creation of 65,000 new jobs and $5.8 billion in new wealth.

· Gwinnett County has been the state leader in job creation since 2000.