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BUFORD — Rivacold, an Italian manufacturer of refrigeration systems will be opening their first U.S. facility in Buford, Ga. Governor Kemp announced on Thursday.  Rivacold is expected to invest $5 million into the facility and it will create 140 jobs including skilled positions in manufacturing.

Rivacold is headquartered in Montecchio, Italy, and employs 1,200 worldwide.  Their products are used in a variety of sectors including food retail, medical, vending machines, and the dairy industry.

“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 for the opportunities this new facility will create for hardworking Georgians in Gwinnett County.”

“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.”

“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.”

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