Belgium’s leading custom modular aluminum exhibit system manufacturer had reason to celebrate this week as it joined local and state officials to open its North American headquarters in Duluth.

Aluvision Inc.’s new 30,000-square-foot headquarters at 1620 Satellite Boulevard is expected to bring 30 new jobs to the area over the next three years, according to the Gwinnett Chamber. The local business group announced the facility, which is a $3.6 million investment by the company, is expected to be fully operational early next year.

“This location will allow us to respond to requests and orders from existing and potential U.S. customers in a timelier manner,” Aluvision Senior Account Director Stephan De Mulder said in a statement released by chamber. “We are grateful for the support that we have received from the entire metro Atlanta region and we look forward to growing our global operations in this community.”

The new headquarters is designed to help Aluvision increase its production capacity and cut lead times through improved efficiency. It has a large showroom which the company will use to feature “the wide range of Aluvision’s custom modular product offerings,” according to the chamber.

Aluvision produces lightweight frames for trade show booths with options that include straight or curved hard panels, fabric walls, back-lit fabric structures, free standing displays and hanging signs.

Local and state leaders, speaking through the chamber, were enthusiastic about the Belgian company’s decision to pick Duluth as the site for its American facility.

“Gwinnett County has become a leading community in the Southeast for international business,” Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Aluvision has chosen our community as the site of its first U.S. location and we wish them much continued success.”

Gwinnett Chamber economic development director Andrew Carnes added the fact that the county attracts several foreign businesses who are looking to relocate or expand their operations is indicative of the communities assets.

“Our access to Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a skilled workforce and a pro-business community make this a great location for international companies to expand and succeed,” he said.

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said the decision is representative of the growing interest among corporations to do business in Georgia, though. He pointed to a trend of foreign companies investing in the U.S. market, as well as the draw of Georgia’s business climate as reasons why he believed Duluth was attractive to Aluvision.

Carr also bet on Aluvision to be a good addition to the state.

“We are confident that (Aluvision) will make a positive impression, not only on Gwinnett County, but Georgia as a whole,” he said.

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