Thursday, April 16, 2009

Aflac Dedicates New Information Technology Center

Expansion Illustrates Company’s Commitment to Columbus and Georgia

Governor Sonny Perdue joined Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos and Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, yesterday to dedicate the company’s newest facility on the Paul S. Amos (PSA) campus at Corporate Ridge in Columbus. The 161,000 square foot building will host the Columbus-based insurance giant’s Information Technology (IT) Center.

“Aflac is fortunate to be in a state and a community with economic and educational programs that enable our company to accomplish so much here in Columbus," said Dan Amos. “I want to thank Governor Perdue, Commissioner Ken Stewart, Mayor Wetherington, and all of the local development leaders who worked so hard to make this new building a reality.”

The new building will accommodate 850 workers with 550 IT employees who will begin moving in on April 20. The IT unit is responsible for maintaining a reliable infrastructure and ensuring that technology systems are available to support internal and external electronic communications and the more than 870 servers and 6,000 desktops and laptops used by Aflac employees and sales personnel.

“Aflac has been an outstanding Georgia company for more than 50 years,” said Governor Perdue. “Here in Georgia, we work hard to nurture our homegrown companies and provide them a business-friendly environment that allows innovative companies to succeed and thrive.”

“We are excited about the opening of Aflac’s newest facility in Corporate Ridge Business Park. It is evident that Aflac has a strong commitment to Columbus and the region with the opening of a second building on the Paul S. Amos Campus in two years,” Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington said. “We appreciate the support and confidence that Aflac shows by its continuing to increase its capacity to bring more jobs and capital investment in the future. Aflac and the City of Columbus have a strong public-private partnership and we look forward to working with Aflac as the company grows.”

Construction of the new IT Center began in 2007. The $41 million building brings the total work space at the PSA campus to 504,000 square feet, capable of accommodating 3,300 employees. It includes a fitness center for employee health and wellness, as well as a full-service cafeteria called the Mega-Bytes Cafe. The expansion includes preferential parking for carpoolers and preserves more than 2,000 feet of green space. More than 70 video monitors throughout the IT Center will help facilitate communication for employees and visitors. Local architectural firm Hecht Burdeshaw Architects Inc. was responsible for the design of the new building. As the general contractor, Batson-Cook was responsible for the IT Center’s construction.

About Aflac
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for two consecutive years and was also named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Respected Company in the Global Insurance Industry in 2008. In 2009 Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the eleventh consecutive year. Aflac appears on Hispanic Enterprise magazine's list of the 50 Best Companies for Supplier Diversity and on Black Enterprise magazine's list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity. Aflac was also named by Forbes magazine as America's Best-Managed Company in the insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com .

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