Rivacold, an Italy-based manufacturer of refrigeration systems for the dairy and food retail industries, announced plans to open a $5 million manufacturing facility in Buford, Ga., the company’s first U.S. location. This move will create 140 jobs.

“After 53 years of leading refrigeration innovation design and service in Europe, Rivacold is excited to establish itself in the North American market,” says Doug Schmidt, president of Rivacold North America. “Our proven, unique advantage is our ability to provide cooling solutions [that] 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.”