Engineering Company to Locate Headquarters in Gainesville

Engineering Company to Locate Headquarters in Gainesville

IPF America, Inc. to relocated North American Headquarters to the Hunt Tower in Downtown Gainesville

Gainesville, GA-November 16, 2006: The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce announces the location of IPF America, Inc., a subsidiary of IPF Germany GmbH in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, to Gainesville-Hall County. A global engineering firm, IPF’s core competences include project management services, manufacturing and logistics engineering as well as factory design. A large number of turnkey projects all over the world complete the wealth of IPF’s experience. The planning and realization of modern manufacturing facilities, optimized logistics systems and sustainable buildings is IPF’s business. IPF’s client base includes leaders in the automotive, chemical and biofuels industries. IPF will relocate its North American Headquarters from Montgomery, Alabama to the Hunt Tower in Downtown Gainesville, Hall County by late November 2006.

The IPF engineers and staff will relocate to Gainesville with plans to expand their U.S. client base and and hire more engineers and staff in the next few years. IPF considered locations throughout the Metro Atlanta Area. Gainesville-Hall County’s international business community, location and quality of life were cited as factors for the company’s selection.

“We were really impressed with the professionalism and hospitality we received from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Economic Development,” said Ronald Grosse, President of IPF America. “Gainesville is a vibrant business community and is centrally located to many of our major engineering clients throughout the Southeastern Unites States. We often work at our client’s job site throughout the U.S., and it was vital to us that we be in a business location where we could recruit the best, brightest and most skilled employees.”

“IPF has earned a quality reputation with their automotive clients, and we now have the benefit of their extensive capabilities locally. This is a firm that will really compliment Gainesville-Hall County’s business community and will be an asset for the automotive industry in the region,” said Elizabeth Umberson, Chairman of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and President of ZF Industries North America.

IPF and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce extend appreciation and recognition to Wolfgang Hartert, former Siemens executive, for his helpful advice to IPF and his service as a business and community ambassador.

IPF worked with the Chamber’s Economic Development Council staff, Tim Evans, to identify available office space in the Hunt Tower, along with Greater Hall Chamber member Allen Nivens of The Norton Agency who helped broker the lease on the Hunt Tower space as the listing agent.

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