Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Luxottica Group, a leading eyewear designer, manufacturer and distributor, will create 1,000 jobs with the expansion of its North American distribution facility in Henry County by the end of 2017.
“Georgia has had great success in attracting manufacturing and distribution operations to our state,” said Deal. “Luxottica Group’s decision to expand in Henry County will build upon this momentum and allow the company to quickly and efficiently provide products to customers, suppliers and businesses. I am confident that our extensive distribution resources will support Luxottica Group’s continued growth.”
The expansion will use the company’s new lens service model in which both frames and lenses are assembled and distributed from a single location.
“Luxottica has been part of the Atlanta community for 20 years and this is a particularly exciting time for us,” said Fabrizio Uguzzoni, president of Luxottica Wholesale N.A. “Growing our footprint here represents a new step in serving our wholesale customers – we will soon be able to produce and deliver a complete pair of prescription frames of the highest quality and perfect fit anywhere in the U.S. within 24 to 48 hours. We’re proud to be a global company innovating right here in Atlanta.”
The new jobs will include positions in administration, production and distribution.
“We are thrilled with Luxottica’s decision to expand in Henry County. The job creation and investment associated with this expansion represent a tremendous addition to the community,” said Henry County Development Authority Executive Director Charlie Moseley. “We are particularly excited to bring so many manufacturing jobs back to Henry. Luxottica has been a great corporate citizen for years, and we appreciate their continued commitment to the community. Teamwork was critical to this location decision, and we thank all our partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Power, Metro Atlanta Chamber and EY.”
GDEcD Director of Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with EY, the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Quick Start, the Henry County Development Authority, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.
“Luxottica’s expansion is a testament to the impact that Georgia’s logistics network has in both recruiting new business and helping existing Georgia companies grow,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Since the e-commerce boom, customers and businesses’ logistical and distribution expectations have risen tremendously, and Georgia is the ideal location to meet those demands as our transportation infrastructure is unrivaled.”
About Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Valentino and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of approximately 8,000 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America, Salmoiraghi&Viganò in Italy and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2016, with more than 80,000 employees, Luxottica posted net sales of over Euro 9 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com
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About the Henry County Development Authority
The Henry County Development Authority is the lead economic development agency for Henry County, Georgia. From retaining local companies in Henry to fostering new relationships and opportunities with companies looking to relocate or grow their operations into Henry County, the Authority is connecting business in Atlanta’s new south. Focused on diversified industry, Henry is a competitive location for growing and established technology, healthcare, logistics, professional services and advanced manufacturing organizations.