Just 54 miles from Atlanta, Gainesville has a population of approximately 30,000 people. Another 25,000 commute to the city every day to work. Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city was established in the early 1800s. First known as Mule Camp Springs, it was later renamed in honor of General Edmund P. Gaines, a hero of the War of 1812.

Now the economic hub of northeast Georgia, Gainesville enjoys many notable titles, including Queen City of the Mountains, City of Excellence, Poultry Capital of the World, and Hospitality Capital of the World.

Gainesville is located in Hall County, which boasts more parks than any other county in the United States. Here you have access to hiking trails, beaches, swimming pools, and many other outdoor activities. Walk, bike, jog, or take a horseback ride through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Dip a paddle at Clarks Bridge Park, site of the rowing, canoe and kayak venue for 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Have a picnic, swim, or go boating at Lake Sidney Lanier, a 38,000-acre lake with 60 recreational areas and seven commercial marinas. If racing is more your speed, make a pit stop at Road Atlanta-home of the Atlanta Grand Prix-and Lanier National Speedway.

The Schield Family Companies' Gainesville facilities employ 350 people and include a 540,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and a Peachtree Doors and Windows factory outlet and showroom. An additional Peachtree showroom is located in nearby Alpharetta.

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