Quick Start, Ricoh Electronics, Inc. Announce Training Initiative

November 13, 2012

Quick Start, Ricoh Electronics, Inc. Announce Training Initiative
Ricoh creating 58 jobs in Lawrenceville expansion, Quick Start to train new employees

Lawrenceville, GA

Ricoh Electronics, Inc., one of the largest North American producers of high-quality thermal papers and thermal labels, is creating 58 jobs in a 35,500-square-foot expansion of its thermal media coating facility in Lawrenceville, Ga.

"This expansion of our thermal media operations enhances our capability to meet our customers' increasing demands and expectations for high-quality products and affirms our commitment to investing for the future," said Jeff Briwick, president of Ricoh Electronics. "We look for this facility to play a key role in meeting the needs of the North American market and expanding into new markets."

The Lawrenceville facility opened in 1990, and has expanded several times on its 69.5 acre campus. The current expansion will house a cutting-edge thermal media coater that will produce paper to be converted into tags and labels used in a variety of industries including transportation, retail, industrial and medical.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support provided by the city, county, and state agencies that have helped make this expansion possible," said Keiichi Shiokawa, vice president and group manager of Ricoh Electronics' Thermal Media Group.

Quick Start will be designing, developing and delivering job-specific training for the new employees in the plant's advanced manufacturing processes, as well as safety, quality and leadership.

Leaders from Ricoh, Quick Start and Gwinnett Tech will sign the training agreement on Fri., Nov. 16 at 2 p.m., at Ricoh's Lawrenceville facility.

"Quick Start is proud to have been Ricoh's partner for more than 20 years," said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner of economic development programs and head of Quick Start. "From this facility's startup in 1990, through expansions to the coating operation and the opening of a toner manufacturing plant, it's been our honor to watch this facility grow and provide jobs to Georgians. We look forward to starting the next step in our relationship."

The training program involves three distinct partners: Ricoh, Gwinnett Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Gwinnett Technical College will be available to assist Ricoh Electronics with ongoing training programs.

"We are pleased to be working with Ricoh Electronics again to support the creation of these new jobs, Ricoh's growth in Gwinnett and this boost to economic development in our community," said Sharon Bartels, president of Gwinnett Technical College. "We'll be providing training for specific job skills and for supervisory and leadership skills."

For Editors: Media representatives who would like to attend the signing event should contact Bobbi Shingleton, 770-338-7239. The Ricoh campus is a closed facility.

About Ricoh Electronics
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,903 billion yen (approx. 23 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees. For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/

About Georgia Quick Start
Georgia Quick Start is Georgia's internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 1,019,249 employees through 6,394 projects with a broad range of industries. For more information, please visit www.GeorgiaQuickStart.org.