Company moves HQ to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A New York-based company that distributes parts for and repairs high-tech products and consumer electronics is relocating one of its divisional headquarters to Gwinnett County, officials announced Wednesday.

Encompass Service Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Encompass Group Affiliates, will create about 100 new jobs for Gwinnett in its move from its current Florida-based facility, according to a news release. The majority will be new hires, and the remainder will relocate.

The relocation will expand existing operations at the Encompass Service Solutions facility in Lawrenceville, located at 775 Tipton Industrial Drive. Operations will be augmented to include repair services for a host of electronic products, such as entertainment systems, laptop and desktop computers, printers, monitors, GPS units and medical equipment.

Accounting, call center functions, account management and IT jobs will also be based out of the Gwinnett location, the news release states. The company's build-out will additionally feature an environmentally controlled tech service room. Initial capital investment is estimated at $250,000.

"Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta region provide an excellent combination of convenient transportation access and skilled work force requirements needed to promote our business growth and support our customers across the country," said Steven Miller, Encompass executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We are excited about our continued expansion in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta and look forward to a bright future in the area."

The project is yet another win for the nationally recognized community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett.

"Encompass' contribution to the job market in Gwinnett is exemplary of this community's focus to create job opportunities and futures for our citizens," Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister. "We are thrilled to have Encompass in Gwinnett and will continue our commitment to strategic economic and business development so that more opportunities, like this one, will be the result."

P.K. Martin, city councilman for Lawrenceville, added that Encompass' expansion in the Gwinnett will support the community's vision for long-term sustainability through business and economic development.

Georgia Quick Start is assisting Encompass prepare new hires for work in the expanding Gwinnett operations. Quick Start -- the nation's top work force training program -- provides free customized work force training as an incentive for companies to create new jobs in Georgia.

"We're very proud to be working with Encompass as their Quick Start training partner to support the expansion of their Gwinnett operations," Gwinnett Technical College President Sharon Bartels said. "Providing the education and training Encompass will need for these new employees is a vital part of our work force development mission. Encompass has a well-earned reputation for excellence in customer service and supply chain management, and we look forward to contributing to their continued success."

Encompass Service Solutions expects to continue growing in this market and looks to add about 30 job opportunities through the next 12 months, the news release states. The company also plans to extend its "Green Choice" program, in which working parts are salvaged from unrepairable electronics and recertified for use. All remaining product materials -- metal, glass and plastics -- are then separated for recycling to help protect the environment and reduce waste going to landfills.