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Company to expand HQ, production in Suwanee

SUWANEE — Elesys North America is expanding its North American headquarters and production facility operations in Suwanee, officials announced Tuesday.

The expansion, to begin in January, will include the addition of 150 jobs and more than $20 million in capital investment in Gwinnett County over the next five years.

“We have seen our business continue to flourish in Gwinnett,” said Akio Kobayashi, president of Elesys. “With the help of Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia’s QuickStart, we have been able to grow our business to offer additional products to our partners, customers and distributors.”

Elesys develops and manufactures passive safety systems for Honda vehicles, including occupant sensing systems and airbag control units, as well as safety systems that electronically control critical vehicle functions such as braking, steering and suspension.

The planned expansion will allow the facility to build more electronic safety controls, said Mike Price, senior manager of human resources and administration.

“Suwanee was elated to help Elesys establish their initial operation and North American headquarters in 2004,” Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams said. “Manufacturing projects yield high capital investment essential to maintaining a healthy balance of residential and commercial value in our tax base. We want growth for our companies in the city and county; when one company does well, we all do well.”

The Elesys North American headquarters is located at 70 Crestridge Drive in Suwanee. The expansion was created in partnership with the state of Georgia and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development division.