Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, third from right, takes part in a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, for a new Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating facility to be built at 1340 Satellite Boulevard in Suwanee. To the right of the Governor are his wife Sandra Deal and Bill Rau, of Mitsubishi. To the left of the Governor are Gretchen Corbin, Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce Georgia Department of Economic Development and Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Commission Chairman.
SUWANEE -- Gov. Nathan Deal scooped a shovel full of dirt and smiled Friday.
Once again, he was in Gwinnett to celebrate a new corporate deal that would bring more jobs to employment-drained Georgia.
"It is a great opportunity for our state," Deal said of the groundbreaking for a new 550,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for Mitsubishi Electric's heating and cooling division. "We're just blessed."
Deal said he was thankful the international company considered building its new location around the world but decided to move its 200 employees just a few miles from its current Suwanee facility.
Retaining 200 jobs -- with expansion for another 200 more -- is important to a state still recovering from Recession, he said.
"I think it speaks very well of the state and also Gwinnett County," Deal said from the Satellite Boulevard acreage where the new headquarters will soon be built.
Bill Rau, senior vice president and general manager, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, said he was glad to stay in the community.
"In the 20 years we have operated in Gwinnett County, we have outgrown two spaces, and we're excited to be moving to a new location that will facilitate even more growth and expansion," he said.
The new headquarters, located along Interstate 85 near Old Peachtree Road, will be constructed to green building standards.
According to a press release, IDI will construct the facility -- which will serve as headquarters, training and distribution center -- with state-of-the art design and specifications including 30-foot clear ceiling heights, secured truck courts and ample parking.
The campus is expected to open in February 2013.