Brunswick-based International Auto Processing Inc., is investing $3 million to expand its facility in St. Simon’s Island after forming a new subsidiary to handle a major military contract.
International Auto Logistics was created after IAP won a deal to process and store private vehicles for U.S. military personnel serving in Europe, Asia and around the U.S.
The nearly 9,000-square-foot addition to IAP’s will mainly consist of office space and is to house 340 new employees, functioning as the new headquarters for International Auto Logistics.
Brunswick is one of the largest ports in the U.S. for roll-on/roll-off cargo, mainly new cars and machinery. Combined with the Savannah ocean terminal, the Georgia ports processed 64,097 units in 2013.
“Innovative companies such as International Auto Processing offer a unique service to importers and exporters— putting a spotlight on the diversity of the automotive industry in Georgia.” Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said in a news release.
IAP was founded 28 years ago in Brunswick and currently serves clients such as Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz,Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, GM, Toyota and Honda, among other global manufacturers.
The Mexico-made 2015 Honda Fit will be brought into the U.S. market through Brunswick, the ports authority announced in April.
Construction of the new office space is scheduled for completion by this fall.