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Deal: German car parts company creating 200 jobs in Buford

Posted June 14

— A German automotive acoustic parts supplier is planning to create 200 new jobs in Buford over the next half-decade, Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday.

Leverkusen, Germany-based Carcoustics will invest $6 million in a new 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 4620 Thompson Mill Road. The company's focus is on developing and producing parts for the automotive industry that are solution-oriented and both acoustic and thermally effective, according to information from state and local officials.

"Georgia offers automotive industry suppliers such as Carcoustics the resources necessary to compete worldwide," Deal said in a statement. "In choosing Georgia, Carcoustics will enjoy the benefits of a well-trained workforce, a thriving automotive industry and the nation's top business environment.

"I'm proud to see yet another German company locate here in Georgia, as our efforts to build international relationships continue to yield positive results. I welcome Carcoustics to Georgia's growing community of auto industry suppliers and wish them great success here."

The announcement is the result of a joint effort between the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Global Commerce Division, Partnership Gwinnett, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.

Carcoustics will join a long list of other international companies, including several based out of Germany, that have locations in Gwinnett County, according to Partnership Gwinnett Project Manager Deven Cason.

"We are excited that global innovation leader Carcoustics has chosen to locate in Gwinnett County," Cason said in a statement. "The new Buford facility is in the ideal location to serve their rapidly growing customer base all over the world.

"Carsoustics will join almost 100 other German companies operating in Gwinnett, along with 500 internationally owned and operated firms making Gwinnett a leader in International Business."

Carcoustics Project Manager Stefan Vallentin explained the location gives the company a strategic location amid car plants located around the southeast, including plants owned by Kia, Mercedes, BMW, Honda, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai and Volvo.

He explained the proximity of those automotive production facilities offered a host of potential customers for Carcoustics.

"We are very happy to have found the location for our new plant in the south of U.S. here in Georgia," Vallentin said. "We have a great international transport connection here and are logistically well located between BMW in South Carolina and Mercedes in Alabama … This offers us new possibilities regarding the Carcoustics growth strategy, especially in the U.S."

Meanwhile, state and local officials were giddy about the announcement and what it means for Gwinnett and Buford.

"We are excited about the continued economic development opportunities that are arising in Gwinnett County," Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said. "Carcoustics is joining a growing number of German automotive manufacturers who have found a home in Georgia, and we look forward to supporting their future growth."

Buford City Manager Bryan Kerlin said, "This is a great win for the City of Buford and we are excited to welcome Carcoustics as one of our newest businesses. We are confident that they will find the support and resources in our community that are necessary to remain competitive in the U.S. and around the world."

And, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, "We are proud to welcome such a noteworthy company as Carcoustics to Gwinnett County. They are joining a strong and growing base of international companies who have found Gwinnett to have the ideal mix of talent, resources and location.

"We look forward to Carcoustics' continued success and growth in our community."

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