A Chinese company that makes high-tech systems for the bottling and packaging industries is making a big investment in its future in the Duluth area, officials announced on Monday.
Tech-Long USA will spend $5 million to expand its operations operations and hire 130 new employees in Gwinnett County. The company is committing to the expansion as it looks to grow its business in this part of the world and the announcement came during a trade visit officials from the Gwinnett Chamber, Gwinnett County commission and the City of Norcross made to China.
The county’s trade delegation visited Tech-Long’s headquarters in Guangzhou as part of its 12-day trip to announce multiple new companies coming to the county while also seeking new foreign business investments in the community.
“Tech-Long has aggressive growth plans in the Americas and we are constantly releasing new product innovations of interest to the America’s market,” Tech-Long USA CEO Keith Boss said in a statement. “This expansion reinforces our position as a global leader in the packaging equipment industry.
“We are looking forward to bringing further investment and new competencies to the local area and to contributing to the economy here in the City of Duluth and Gwinnett County,” Boss added.
Although Tech-Long plans to hire more than 100 new employees as part of the expansion, the hirings are expected to be spread out across a 10-year period, according to a press release from the Gwinnett Chamber. The expansion is expected to focus on manufacturing and replacement parts for machinery.
Tech-Long provides services and turnkey solutions to more than 40 multinational companies, including well-known U.S.-based firms, such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestle. It has customers in more than 100 countries, according to the Gwinnett Chamber.
The company’s 25,000-square-foot facility on Rivergreen Court will house its Center of Parts and Service Excellence for the Americas, according to the chamber. Some manufacturing operations are also expected to be housed at the facility as Tech-Long grows its presence in North and South America.
“Tech-Long’s expansion is great news for the city,” Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris said in a statement. “Their ability to deliver innovation to the marketplace is a win for our community. We are proud of the company’s success.”
Commissioner Jace Brooks and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development Senior Vice-President Nick Masino, who are both part of the trade delegation, said in a statement that the announcement is representative of a growing list of international companies who have offices in Gwinnett.
“Gwinnett County is the ideal location for global businesses looking to expand in the U.S,” Brooks said in a statement. “This expansion is a testament to our dynamic workforce and opportunities for innovation that exist in this community. We look forward to Tech-Long’s continued growth.”
Masino added, “It’s another example of community attracting diverse companies from around the world as a place where they can invest and grow.”