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Ricoh Electronics operates a campus at 1125 Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A company in Gwinnett County has announced it will hire 58 new employees, who will be trained through the state's economic development program.
One of the largest North American producers of thermal papers and labels, Ricoh Electronics Inc., is expanding its facility an additional 35,500 square feet to house a thermal media coater, which will produce paper to be converted into tags and labels.
"This expansion of our thermal media operations enhances our capability to meet our customers' increasing demands and expectations for high-quality products and affirms our commitment to investing for the future," said Jeff Briwick, president of Ricoh Electronics. "We look for this facility to play a key role in meeting the needs of the North American market and expanding into new markets."
The Lawrenceville facility, which opened in 1990, has expanded several times on its nearly 70-acre campus.
The state's economic development program, Georgia Quick Start, will provide workforce training.
"Quick Start is proud to have been Ricoh's partner for more than 20 years," said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner of economic development programs at Quick Start. "From this facility's startup in 1990, through expansions to the coating operation and the opening of a toner manufacturing plant, it's been our honor to watch this facility grow and provide jobs to Georgians. We look forward to starting the next step in our relationship."
The training program will involve Ricoh, Quick Start and Gwinnett Technical College. Gwinnett Tech will assist Ricoh with ongoing training programs.
"We are pleased to be working with Ricoh Electronics again to support the creation of these new jobs, Ricoh's growth in Gwinnett and this boost to economic development in our community," said Sharon Bartels, president of Gwinnett Technical College.
To seal the deal, leaders from Ricoh, Quick Start and Gwinnett Tech will sign the training agreement on Friday at Ricoh's Lawrenceville facility.
In November 2011, officials with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the city of Lawrenceville broke ground on the facility