Second major company leaving Norcross for Braselton

Another major company is forsaking Norcross for Braselton.

Hitachi Power Tools announced this week that it was leaving the city where it first opened its U.S. headquarters in the mid-1980s. The Japanese company’s 100-plus Norcross employees are scheduled to be working further north by late fall.

“The 540,000 square-foot facility in Braselton offers a state-of-the-art cross dock facility with unmatched accessibility with (Interstate 85) interchanges to the north and south, and a newly rerouted State Route 124 improving trucking access to I-85,” the company’s statement said.

When it originally opened in Norcross, Hitachi sold only “pneumatic nailers for residential construction.” The company’s offerings have expanded greatly over the years and officials said a need for “warehousing efficiency” drove their relocation.

“Braselton is an ideal location for our business and Jackson County has received us with open arms,” Joe Leffler, Hitachi Power Tools’ vice president of sales and marketing, said in a statement.

Just last week, sporting goods corporation Mizuno also announced that it was planning a move to Braselton. Its corporate headquarters are also located in Norcross.