Trade Nov-Dec Interactive - page 5

German Company Sortimo
International Expands North
American HQ in Georgia
German-based Sortimo International
is expanding its North American
headquarters in Gwinnett County,
GA, and is expected to add 30 jobs.
The expanded facility in Peachtree
Corners will serve as a pre-assembly
and installation center to benefit
clients in the metro Atlanta area,
according to a statement released by
Gwinnett Chamber Economic
Development. Sortimo is a provider
of van-racking solutions. Through a
partnership with Knapheide Manu-
facturing Company, Sortimo’s
expanded facility will also be the
national distribution center for the
company’s new product line.
Expats: After Stints Abroad,
Re-Entry Can Be Hard
Spending a few years overseas can
vault ambitious employees into
senior leadership positions. But
companies aren't always prepared
when those workers return home,
veteran expatriates and executive
recruiters say. Often, the right
domestic jobs aren't open, or
management fails to recognize and
reward the skills developed during
the time abroad, they say. The
resulting frustrations can cause some
managers to stumble, and even send
some out the door. Companies take
steps to prepare for returning
employees, offering career planning,
sponsors and opportunities to
connect with senior leadership.
AmCham: Top 50 U.S.
Companies in Germany
The American Chamber of Commerce
in Germany released its annual
sales-based ranking of the largest
U.S. subsidiaries in Germany based
on revenues in 2012. Ford, ExxonMo-
bil and Phillips 66 Continental are the
strongest U.S. companies in Germany.
The biggest employer among U.S.
companies in Germany is McDonald’s
Deutschland with 64,265 employees
(including franchises), followed by
Ford-Werke (24,362) and IBM Group
(22,000; estimate). The top 50
companies together represent growth
of 1.3%; sales of American subsidiar-
ies in Germany exhibited slight
growth, thereby growing more than
Germany’s overall economy (0.7%).
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