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RICOH groundbreaking will bring up to 70 jobs

Staff Photo: Frank Reddy Officials line up to break ground Wednesday on an expansion of facilities at Ricoh Electronics.

Staff Photo: Frank Reddy Officials line up to break ground Wednesday on an expansion of facilities at Ricoh Electronics.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials joined with RICOH Electronics Inc., Wednesday as the business prepared to break ground on a facility expansion that could bring as many as 70 jobs to Gwinnett County.

RICOH President Jeff Briwick said the company has "looked forward to this for quite some time, and we appreciate all who could be here with us."

In attendance Wednesday were Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce officials as well as representatives from Lawrenceville and county.

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Nash said the county is "proud" that the business is expanding.

"RICOH is a good example for so much of our business community," Nash said.

The city of Lawrenceville's mayor agreed.

"This expansion demonstrates RICOH's commitment to our community," said Judy Johnson.

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President Jim Maran said the chamber appreciated what the business does.

"We also appreciate the stature you bring to the business community here," Maran said.

According to a news release from the chamber of commerce, more than half of the computer and electronic manufacturing jobs in Georgia are located in Gwinnett County, with the proportion of jobs in the sector nearly double that of the national average.

For more information, visit www.rei.ricoh.com.