LAWRENCEVILLE — The expansion of a Lawrenceville facility will bring 250 jobs to Gwinnett and make WIKA Instrument, LP one of the county’s top 10 private employers.
The German-based company announced plans Friday to add 250 employees over the next five years, adding to th emore than 600 people currently working at its U.S. headquarters.
“We have called Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta home since 1990, and have found the community to be a great place to do business, in addition to meeting our workforce demands,” said Brent Shadix, executive vice president of human resources for the company, which is a global leader in pressure, termperature and level measurement instrumentation. “We remain committed to giving our clients quality products and customer service, both in the United States and around the world, and look forward to continuing to grow our operations in the region.”
At its Lawrenceville facility, located at 1000 Wiegand Boulevard, the company houses its U.S.-based manufacturing, sales and ordering, and customer and technical support services, as well as an in-house engineering team for product customization and innovation.
“WIKA Instruments’ decision to expand in Georgia highlights once again the importance of maintaining a healthy business climate for manufacturers,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Our skilled workforce, world-class logistics system, and low-cost, high-value environment provide a competitive advantage to international companies seeking proximity to their customers.”
With more than 70 German businesses maintaining operations in Gwinnett, the county government and business officials visited WIKA’s German headquarters during a trade mission to Europe.
“The visit helped us further appreciate WIKA’s role in the global market and its essential presence in our community. They are continuously refining their production while simultaneously focusing on R&D to ensure their presence in future markets,” Commissioner Lynette Howard said. “We are thrilled that they have now decided to increase their Gwinnett workforce by nearly 50 percent.”
Officials credit the Partnership Gwinnett economic development effort and a partnership with Gwinnett Tech, which has supported training for the company for more than 20 years, with helping cement the company’s decision.
“WIKA’s vote of confidence in our community is further proof of Gwinnett’s status as metro Atlanta’s premier location for internationally based businesses,” said Troels Adrian, a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce project manager.