(GWINNETT-METRO ATLANTA) August 1, 2019 – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that Rivacold, a leading manufacturer of refrigeration systems, will create 140 jobs and invest $5 million in a new manufacturing facility in Buford. Newly created jobs will include skilled positions in manufacturing.
“We are honored to welcome Rivacold to Georgia with the opening of their first U.S. facility in Buford,” said Governor Kemp. “Rivacold will join a booming manufacturing industry in our state, and I am excited about the opportunities this new facility will create for hardworking Georgians in Gwinnett County.”
Headquartered in Montecchio, Italy, Rivacold currently employs 1,200 worldwide. Their products are used in a variety of sectors including food retail, medical, vending machines, and the dairy industry.
“After 53 years of leading refrigeration innovation design and service in Europe, Rivacold is excited to establish itself in the North American market,” said Doug Schmidt, President of Rivacold North America. “Our proven, unique advantage is our ability to provide cooling solutions which are customized to the application’s need. Throughout our experience, we’ve learned that the only way to serve customers properly is to have local design and manufacturing to meet the rapidly changing demands of our customer base. For that reason, we are excited to announce our commitment to the North American market, the State of Georgia, and Gwinnett County with the opening of our production facility this summer in Buford.”
“Rivacold’s decision to locate in Gwinnett is further proof that we are leading the way in advanced manufacturing,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Nash. “Gwinnett provides the workforce, infrastructure, and collaborative business environment that these industry leaders need to thrive, and we look forward to their longstanding success in our community.”
Vice President of Economic Development Andrew Carnes represented Partnership Gwinnett in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Georgia Power, and QuickStart.
“Yet again, Georgia has proven itself as a top competitor for investment from foreign manufacturers,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Our logistics network and workforce training programs like Quick Start have built an atmosphere where manufacturers like Rivacold can succeed. Congratulations to our economic development partners on this exciting announcement.”
“We are pleased to welcome Rivacold into a strong network of advanced manufacturing leaders in the City of Buford,” said City Manager Bryan Kerlin. “Their investment will bring over 100 new jobs to our community and we look forward to a strong partnership with them for years to come.”
“Gwinnett continues to be a draw for international industry leaders,” said Partnership Gwinnett Vice President of Economic Development Andrew Carnes. “Our diverse community and unmatched business environment provide the ideal location for these businesses to grow and succeed now, and in the future.”
Rivacold was originally established in 1966 as a supplier of condensing units and hermetic systems to manufacturers of refrigerated counters and cabinets. As a result, through the years we have reached an important position as a manufacturer and distributor of components to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, in general. The experience gained, along with continuous research and development, have culminated in the manufacturing and supply of products which conform with numerous international quality standards. This has resulted in Rivacold becoming a leading company in the manufacture of plant and refrigeration equipment that consists of three main product ranges. Energy efficiency, advanced technologies, customized products and reliability make the brand the solution of any requirements within the industrial and commercial refrigeration market.
About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premier place to live, work and play.