Category Archives: Gwinnett

Deal: Assurant To Create 335 Jobs in Gwinnett County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Assurant, Inc., a global leader in risk management solutions, will create 335 new jobs and invest $2.2 million in a technical support center in Duluth.

“Georgia’s top-ranked economic environment and skilled workforce continue to attract industry leaders like Assurant,” said Deal. “Assurant recognizes the benefits of operating in the No. 1 state for business and will build upon Georgia’s strategic resources to grow in all areas of technological innovation. With this investment, Assurant will create jobs for Georgia citizens, while further solidifying Georgia’s reputation as a premier destination for job creators. I appreciate Assurant’s investment in Duluth and look forward to the company’s success here in Georgia.”

At the new center, Assurant will provide a variety of self-service diagnostic tools, troubleshooting tips and protection services for smartphones, smart home technology and other connected devices. Newly created jobs will include positions in operations, management and technical training.

“Our expansion is a great example of how Assurant continues to invest in providing consumers with the resources they need to take full advantage of emerging technologies in the connected world,” said Manny Becerra, president of Assurant’s Connected Living business. “We are excited to continue to grow our presence in Duluth and the greater Atlanta area. The workforce talent in this region positions us well to continue to lead in delivering high-quality experiences for our customers.”

Assurant partners with leading companies to protect and support customers’ major purchases including homes, cars, appliances, mobile devices and funerals.

“We are proud to support Assurant’s continued success and expansion in our community,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. “Gwinnett’s talented workforce and pro-business climate allow Assurant to continue to provide best in class support to their customers while fulfilling their mission to help people protect what matters most to them.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Randall Toussaint represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Partnership Gwinnett and Georgia Power.

“We are thrilled that Assurant has chosen Georgia for their technical support center,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The creation of 335 new jobs in Gwinnett County is a testament to our highly-skilled workforce as well as our status as a leader in the global marketplace – which has helped us to maintain our No. 1 state for business honor.”

About Assurant

Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) is a global leader in risk management solutions that helps protect where people live and the goods they buy. Millions of consumers count on Assurant’s innovative products, services and support for major purchases like homes, cars, appliances, mobile devices and funerals. Assurant partners with leading companies that make, sell or finance those purchases to take care of their customers and help their businesses grow. A member of the Fortune 500, Assurant has a market presence in 16 countries worldwide. As of Sept. 30, 2017, the company had $32 billion in assets and $6 billion in annualized revenue. Learn more at

Georgia DOT Selects the Apparent Best Proposer for I-85 Widening

The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) on Friday opened the sealed bids for the I-85 Widening project north of Atlanta, the first project let to bid as part of the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). The I-85 widening project will provide an additional general purpose lane in each direction from I-985 to north of SR 53 along the I-85 corridor. Additionally, the project will replace five bridges in the project limits.  The team of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC is the apparent successful proposer for this important project.

The Department used a best-value, variable-scope procurement approach, incentivizing competition to provide the most lane miles of widening within a maximum budget. As a result, the team’s proposal for the design-build project includes a bid for an additional 4 miles of capacity beyond the base scope in both northbound and southbound directions at a cost of $114.8 million.

Once the proposal has been validated to ensure conformance requirements, the Department expects to officially confirm the C.W. Matthews and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering team award in October 2017.

Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2018. The C.W. Matthews team anticipates completion by fall of 2020.

“This variable-scope procurement method proved once again that we can gain additional value by promoting competition,” said Georgia DOT Public Private Partnership (P3) Director K. Joe Carpenter. “In addition to added scope, this process allows for multiple segments to open to traffic early, providing much-needed capacity along this busy corridor.”

The I-85 Widening project is one of eleven statewide projects under Georgia DOT’s MMIP that is advancing key mobility projects that will yield a significant reduction in congestion along key freight and passenger corridors, improving safety and mobility statewide.

For more information on Georgia DOT’s MMIP initiative, visit

Georgia DOT Awards Second Continuous Flow Intersection and Safety Projects in North Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga., —The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 24 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $85,421,677. These projects were advertised in May, bids were received on June 16, and contracts were awarded on June 30 to the lowest qualified bidder.

This month the Department addresses off-system safety with 16 awards for signing and pavement marking upgrades at over 475 locations on local roads in communities throughout Georgia. The $7 million in funds associated with these awards are part of Georgia DOT’s FY 2017 Off-System Safety (OSS) Program, which focuses on low-cost safety improvements that are likely to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on “off-system” city and county routes.

“Fatalities on Georgia’s roads are up 33 percent in the last two years and over a third occur on local roads,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. said. “Reducing these fatalities requires a continued investment in safety enhancements. I am pleased that GDOT can assist local governments with funding for these critical projects through our Off-System Safety Program.”

An innovative continuous flow intersection (CFI)—Georgia’s second— is coming to Gwinnett County with intersection improvements on US 78/SR 10 at SR 124. The project will convert the existing signalized intersection to allow drivers to make left turns before the two roads cross. Relocating the left turn movement from the center of the intersection to the side reduces the potential for angle type crashes. In addition to reducing the frequency and severity of crashes, the CFI is expected to provide congestion relief and reduce travel delay.

The innovative CFI design saves taxpayer dollars and the capacity of this type of intersection rivals a full interstate-style interchange. The CFI also has a limited impact, as there are no ramps or overpasses constructed. Other CFIs are in development across Georgia.

The following projects centered around safety were also awarded to the northeast district.

  • Hall: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 7 locations.
  • Lumpkin: 4.88 miles of signing, pavement marking upgrades and shoulder rehabilitation on Old Dahlonega Hwy and Camp Wahsega Rd.

Elbert: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 32 locations.