clear
Wednesday August 5th, 2015 6:27AM

Atlanta Biologicals breaks ground in Oakwood

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
OAKWOOD - Another German based company broke ground Friday morning in Oakwood's Tanners Creek Business Park.

When Atlanta Biologicals opens its 36,000 square foot building late next year, it promises 30 initial new jobs and a $7-million to $8-million investment with its North American headquarters for research, development and production.

Company president Renate Gerle said Atlanta Biologicals picked the Hall County site for several reasons, including economic development.

"Hall County was our number one because it has such a wonderful economic development plan," Gerle said. "It supports businesses and we got personalized individual attention. The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce was wonderful in supporting our search. It's a beautiful area and the quality of life is magnificent."

Atlanta Biologicals is the second German firm to break ground in the Tanners Creek Park this year. The company researches and manufactures cell culture products for the bio medical and bio pharmaceutical industry.

"We are a bio-tech company which is a fairly new and growing industry," Gerle added. "Hall County is focused on life science and we just determined it's the perfect place for our company."

Joining Gerle at the podium and the groundbreaking ceremony were Atlanta Biologicals CEO Gerhard Baade, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Hall County Commission Chairman Tom Oliver and Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kit Dunlap.

Baade said his company began its bio medical research in the 1970's, establishing one of the first life science manufacturers in Germany that found a viable North American market.

"Today is a bench mark for Atlanta Biologicals as the start of the construction completes a history of steady growth since our humble launch 20 years ago," Baade said.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Vice President Tim Evans said Atlanta Biologicals joins a large community of life science firms.

"They join a big community of 15 international businesses from different countries represented in Hall County with over 40 firms," Evans said. " Hall County does very well with international subsidiaries because we have the talent for the CEO and management positions but we also have a great skilled work force these companies are looking for."
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fiscal cliff may determine gas prices at start of 2013
Retail gas prices climb as 2012 comes to end. While gas prices are likely to rise into next year, whether or not a deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff will determine if prices continue on an upward trend.
6:18AM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Traffic signal coming to dangerous Habersham intersection
One of Habersham County's problem intersections will be getting a traffic signal, but it won't be right away.
9:40PM ( 8 hours ago )
Fast pace to bring new Catholic Church to Gainesville will require future patience
A pair of zoning requests made by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta easily made their way through “first reading” at Tuesday evening’s Gainesville City Council meeting, passing unanimously and without any public comment in opposition.
9:07PM ( 9 hours ago )
Debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out
CLEVELAND (AP) — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be front and center in the Republican Party's leadoff presidential debate, scoring the top spot in Thursday's prime-time faceoff where he'll...
7:27PM ( 10 hours ago )
Flowery Branch woman arrested for Oakwood phone scam
A Flowery Branch woman has been arrested in connection to a phone scam in Oakwood.
6:05PM ( 12 hours ago )
Former Athens-Clarke Co officer arrested for aggravated assault, violation of oath
A former Athens-Clarke County Police Officer was arrested for aggravated assault and violation of oath by a public officer, both felonies.
5:31PM ( 12 hours ago )