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ThyssenKrupp Announces New Alpharetta Operation

ThyssenKrupp Announces New Alpharetta Operation

ALPHARETTA, GA -- On Thursday, Jan. 6, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced that ThyssenKrupp, a global integrated materials and technology company, will locate its North American IT Shared Services operations in Alpharetta.

The company will invest $30 million and create 110 new jobs at this location, which will serve as the company's wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary providing IT services to all of its North American operations.

"ThyssenKrupp's extended presence in Georgia is a firm showing of the company's commitment to our state, and a great testament to our progressive business climate and other assets that make these opportunities possible," said Governor Perdue.

Siuprem Announces New President

Siuprem Announces New President

ATLANTA -- Siuprem, Inc., an independently owned premium finance corporation organized in 1969, announces the promotion of John W. LaMay Jr. to President.

LaMay, a veteran CFO of Siuprem and Alpharetta-based sister company Southern Insurance Underwriters, Inc., has served both companies for over 20 years and is highly regarded within the finance and insurance industries. He has managed the daily responsibilities of Siuprem for many years and is now ready to take on the senior management position and the company's expansion plans, both product and territorial.

"John LaMay is a very capable and honorable individual, and he will lead Siuprem into a greater role and level of visibility within the insurance finance arena," said Wes Duesenberg Jr., CEO of Siuprem.

Alpharetta Company Donates $10,000 to Forsyth Senior Services

Alpharetta Company Donates $10,000 to Forsyth Senior Services

ALPHARETTA, GA -- An Alpharetta-based company worked hard all year to brighten the lives of seniors in Forsyth County.

The employees of Fischer Connectors, Inc. raised $10,000 for the Meals on Wheels program sponsored by Forsyth County Senior Services.

Fischer Connectors CEO and president Stephen Gosk and human resources director Diane Nolan presented the check to representatives from Forsyth County on Thursday, Dec. 16.

"This contribution will go far and feed many," said Shelley Johnson, director of the Forsyth County Senior Services Center. "We truly rely on the generosity of corporate donations to provide for the 475 seniors now receiving services through our center.

Retail Stores Hoping for Online Push of Shoppers

DORAVILLE, GA -- The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the start of the busy holiday shopping season. But many people got a jump on that by hitting the stores Thursday or going online.

Ironically, retailers are now using the popularity of internet shopping to try and get customers back into the stores. Indeed, in many ways this year, Black Friday isn't waiting till Friday.

Major stores opened Thanksgiving Day to give themselves a drum leg up on the bottom line.

"I do my shopping first, get my sales, then you go eat; then you rest up for 5 o'clock," said Lorraine Grant, as she went from aisle to aisle at Kmart in Doraville.

Many shoppers were like her, preferring to go against the grain and avoid the crush at the cash register.

"Jewelry, lots of jewelry deals," mused shopper Josanne Heath. "Not a lot of people are out here, so there are not a lot of crowds to deal with."

Solera Salon Launches New Facility in Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Solera Salon is proud to announce that it has secured financing for its new facility in Alpharetta.

Through Wells Fargo in Denver and the Georgia Certified Development Corporation in Atlanta, the Colorado-based Solera Salon, Inc. secured a $3.9 million loan through the SBA 504 program to develop its new facility, expected to be up and running by the summer of 2011.

Solera Salon in Alpharetta will combine the best features and services of its operating facilities. The largest Solera Salon to date, it is poised to become a premier destination for world-class professionals specializing in hair, nails, massage and the full line of spa services.

Alpharetta represents a remarkable opportunity for Solera Salon, Inc.

Undercover Investigation Catches Concert Ticket Counterfeiter

Our Center for Investigative Action puts the brakes on a problem that's been plaguing the Atlanta area. Counterfeit tickets.

We got involved because you asked for help. Over the summer we've received numerous complaints on our tip line from viewers who bought counterfeit tickets, for everything, from Six Flags Amusement Park, to all kinds of concerts.

That's why we launched an undercover investigation that began months ago.

It's not an easy case to crack, because there are many culprits counterfeiting tickets and they tend to move around and change phone numbers. In order to get to the problem we had to start small. That's why we focused our attention on one man, Jackson Sneed.

Big Lots Brings Its Values to Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Big Lots, the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer, has announced that it will open its newest store on Friday, Oct. 22 in Alpharetta.

The new store is located in the Stonewood Shopping Center (670 North Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009). It is one of 80 new Big Lots that the company plans to open nationwide in 2010.

The Alpharetta Big Lots boasts 22,500 square feet of retail space filled with extreme value items that typically sell for 20% to 40% less than discount stores and up to 70% below traditional retailers.

"At Big Lots, our easy-to-shop stores and extreme brand name deals have been big hits with customers for more than 40 years, and we are thrilled to bring that same successful concept to a new group of shoppers," said Rob Claxton, senior vice-president of marketing for Big Lots.

The grand opening on Oct. 22 will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.