Economic Development: June 2014

Growing Again: King’s Hawaiian announced plans to expand its production facilities in Oakwood with a new 120,000-square-foot production facility that will manufacture hamburger and hot dog rolls. The expansion includes hiring 450 new employees over the next two years by partnering with the Georgia Quick Start program. The California-based bakery opened its Hall County location in 2010.

Gwinnett Expansion: Millennium Mat Co. is expanding in Suwanee to the tune of $9.5 million. The industrial mat maker will move to a new, larger facility and add 50 jobs over the next five years.

New HQ: International Forest Products Limited opened its Southeast headquarters in Peachtree City. With 800 employees across Georgia, the lumber company has expanded quickly in the state. It plans to grow by 70 more employees over the next several years.

Pooler Storage: Nordic Cold Storage is launching phase two of its Pooler operations, doubling its capacity and its employee base with the addition of 135 new jobs. The $50-million expansion is expected to be completed in early 2015 and will include 200,000 square feet of storage space capable of flash freezing more than 10 million pounds of product a week.

Cooking Up Sales: Freedom Trailers, which manufactures cook and concession trailers, is expanding in Willacoochee. The $1.5-million, 44,000-square-foot expansion in Atkinson County will include the addition of 75 jobs.

North Fulton: Online gaming company Hi-Rez Studios is expanding its Alpharetta headquarters, representing a $10-million investment. The expansion will add an initial 30 jobs, with plans to grow by an additional 100 employees by early next year.

American Presence: Plastics manufacturing equipment supplier Shini Plastics Technologies Inc. opened its $4-million Americas headquarters in Suwanee. The Gwinnett County location represents the Taiwan-based company’s first U.S. presence and will also include a technical and logistics center.

Reinvesting: Diversified Labeling Solutions opened a $1-million expanded facility in Gwinnett, adding 15 jobs.

Lighting Up Vidalia: Energy-efficient lighting manufacturer U.S. Energy Sciences recently completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion in Toombs County.

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