Companies from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom opened facilities in Atlanta during the first quarter of 2003, according to a report issued by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce last week.

The foreign firms were among 31 companies relocating or expanding new operations to metro Atlanta, creating 871 new jobs and spending an estimated $6.5 million in real estate investment.

Citect Inc., an industrial automation software and solutions company based in Australia, relocated its U.S. headquarters from Charlotte, N.C., to Alpharetta.

CertX Solutions Ltd., a Canada-based software training and certification company, opened its U.S. operations center in Fulton County.

Hagemeyer North America Inc., a Netherlands-based wholesale distributor of electrical parts, opened its North American headquarters in Alpharetta and opened a 300,000 square-foot distribution center in Barrow County, employing more than 250 people. The distribution operation was previously located in South Carolina.

“Hagemeyer’s distribution center and North American headquarters are true signs that Atlanta continues to be an attractive U.S. city for establishing and doing business as well as for international investment,” Hans Gant, senior vice president of economic development for the metro chamber, told GlobalFax in an emailed statement.

DeRisk IT, a United Kingdom-based IT consulting firm, opened its U.S. headquarters in Fulton County.

To obtain a copy of the report, call the chamber’s economic development division at (404) 586-8446.