Danish Honorary Consul Christopher Smith speaks to the Georgia House of Representatives, flanked by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.

Danish supplier of automotive emissions-control and exhaust products is to invest $15 million to open a factory in DublinGa., creating 250 jobs.

Dinex Group will make aftermarket exhaust systems for trucks and buses at its first U.S. factory, which will be housed in an existing 60,000-square-foot building in Laurens County

The company visited more than 50 sites across multiple states before settling on Dublin, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal‘s office.

“Georgia’s pro-business community met our requirements with respect to logistics, access for our suppliers, operating costs, workforce and quality of life,” Dinex vice president and Chief Financial Officer Kim Toft Jensen said in a statement.

Quick Start, Georgia’s workforce training agency, is to provide specialized training for Dinex employees. 

The company was assisted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Trade Council of Denmark in Atlanta and Christopher Smith, a Macon attorney who is also the honorary consul of Denmark in Georgia.

Mr. Smith, who has been an outspoken advocate of the Georgia-Denmark relationship, was in Atlanta the day before the announcement to speak on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives.

A resolution introduced by Rep. Allen Peake of Macon recognized Mr. Smith while honoring the country he represents. It noted that 65 Danish companies have set up shop in Georgia and stressed the state’s desire for further collaboration with Denmark on business, environmental sustainability, agriculture, education and other fields.

As for the new Dinex factory, it aligns with Danish Trade Commissioner Carsten Rosendahl‘s focus on manufacturing and specialty industrial products.

When Mr. Rosendahl replaced Jan Sauer as the Danish trade commissioner in Atlanta last July, he predicted more Danish firms would seize the opportunity to set up beachheads in the huge U.S. market, spurred on by a weaker dollar. 

For more information on Dinex, visit /www.dinex.dk/en.aspx

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