Companies bring more jobs here

DULUTH -- Two companies are relocating and expanding their operations in Gwinnett, bringing a total of 135 new jobs to the county, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Department has announced.

Hettich America LP, a leading global manufacturer of hardware for kitchen cabinets, residential furniture and appliances, will consolidate its Baldwin and Alpharetta locations into one larger, Gwinnett-based location, according to a news release.

The two locations with a total of 120,000 square feet will combine to one 150,000-square-foot facility in Buford that offers further expansion potential, the news release states. Hettich's relocation will bring 100 jobs to Gwinnett with the opportunity for 50 more in the next years. The Gwinnett facility will be Hettich's only U.S.-based location.

Located in IDI's Hamilton Mill Business Center at 4295 Hamilton Mill Road in Buford, Hettich's new facility will bring substantial capital investment for Gwinnett through the purchase of new office furniture, technology tools and other essential business merchandise. Operations out of the facility will include sales, manufacturing, research and development, engineering and all other positions.

Additionally, Navicure, a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse, will be relocating within the county and expanding its national headquarters, according to a news release.

Located at 2055 Sugarloaf Circle, Suite 600, in Duluth, Navicure's new facility will comprise more than 22,500 square feet that will house all of the company's operations. The expansion will bring more than 35 new jobs to the community this year.

"If you look at the announcements that have been made in Gwinnett and around the region, Gwinnett is one of the key communities that make up metro Atlanta, and we're (Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta region) just leading the pack in attracting new companies," said Nick Masino, the Chamber's vice president of economic development. "We see no slowdown (in economic development announcements) in sight."

Masino said companies are attracted to the area because of the talented work force, great quality of life and inexpensive cost of doing business.

Local leaders are also putting a lot of effort into retaining existing companies and helping them expand, Masino said.