Primerica creates international headquarters in Duluth

DULUTH -- One of Gwinnett's largest employers is opening a new international office.

Primerica, Gwinnett's fourth largest private employer with 1,800 employees, agreed to lease a 344,476-square-foot facility in central Gwinnett.

"This announcement marks a new day for Primerica," said John Addison, chairman and co-chief executive officer of Primerica Distribution. "This new building will allow us to provide enhanced service to our 'one of a kind' financial services distribution system. It will be in a great location for members of our sales force across North America when they come to visit Atlanta and their home office."

The new facility will consolidate Primerica's numerous business functions from its current 10 separate buildings on Breckinridge Boulevard to one three-story building with two connected wings.

The state-of the art facility, to be located on "Primerica Parkway," is being built to suit and is expected to be ready for occupancy in April 2013.

"Our new location is at the hub of the Gwinnett County business, sports and entertainment community and our employees and a showcase for our more than 90,000 representatives across North America," Addison said, thanking officials and partners at Duke Realty for their help in the endeavor.

"We are elated that Primerica, a company that is economically vital to the great state of Georgia, will remain here where it was founded some 35 years ago," Gov. Nathan Deal said. "They are great neighbors and are a company that really believes in giving back to their community, both through charitable contributions and the great spirit of their hundreds of employees who volunteer their time to help those in need."

The new building will provide space for more employees over the years and maximize business efficiencies, said chairman and co-chief executive officer Rick Williams.

"After 25 years in our existing location, the current economic environment provides an opportune time for us to move into a significantly improved facility with only a modest change in our underlying economics," Williams said.

Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said the community is thrilled the major employer has chosen to stay in the county.

"This company has been a valued member of our community for years," she said. "We are pleased that Gwinnett's business environment, amenities and overall quality of life persuaded Primerica that Gwinnett was where they wanted to be."