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Primerica breaks ground on new Duluth headquarters

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Primerica co-CEO John Addison, from left, Gov. Nathan Deal and Denny Oklak, of Duke Realty, break ground on the Primerica site Friday afternoon.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Primerica co-CEO John Addison, from left, Gov. Nathan Deal and Denny Oklak, of Duke Realty, break ground on the Primerica site Friday afternoon.

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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for Primerica on Friday afternoon. Listening on stage is Gwinnett chamber president Jim Maran, from left, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, Denny Oklak, of Duke Realty, and John Addison, co-CEO of Primerica.

DULUTH -- Gwinnett leaders celebrated another big victory in economic development Friday, breaking ground on a nearly 350,000-square-foot corporate headquarters.

On the newly dubbed Primerica Parkway off Duluth Highway, Gov. Nathan Deal extolled one of the county's biggest employers for a $74 million investment in the community, building a new headquarters for Primerica.

In less than 18 months, the company plans to consolidate several Gwinnett locations to its new campus.

"This groundbreaking marks a new day for Primerica," said the company's co-CEO John Addison. "Our new location is at the hub of the Gwinnett County business, sports and entertainment community, and the thoughtfully designed building will be a centerpiece for our company and our employees and a showcase for our more than 90,000 representatives across North America."

Culminating a week of business announcements, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said one of the most rewarding parts of her jobs is not just recruiting new companies but having local companies decide to stay in the community.

"We appreciate the jobs and the corporate investment, but we also appreciate you, the employees, who contribute to our community," she said of Primerica's 1,800 Gwinnett employees.

The new campus will allow Gwinnett's fourth largest private employer to hire 35 more people, with room for another 200 in the future.

Deal said the new location is a sign that Georgia's economy is stable and growing.

"This investment, I think, ensures they will be a part of this community and our state for years to come," he said, pointing out that the Atlanta area is now No. 4 in the nation for headquarters of Fortune 500 companies. "We wish you many years of continued success."