Gwinnett County’s long-term investment building ties in Korea looks to have paid off with the announcement that auto and defense supplier Dasan Machineries Co. is to build a $30 million factory and hire 150 employees at a new headquarters in Duluth.
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced the investment during its most recent trip to South Korea, where it met with Dasan leaders and solidified ties with companies like Mega Mart, a Korean grocery chain with a store at Gwinnett Place Mall.
During the May trip, the Gwinnett delegation also renewed the county’s ties with Gangnam, a wealthy Seoul district where a sister-community arrangement was launched in 2009. Gwinnett chamber leaders and county commission chair Charlotte Nash participated in the trip.
Nick Masino, senior vice president for economic development at the chamber, said the big win was the result of a team effort with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“Together, we worked to understand the company’s vision. Ultimately, we knew the city of Duluth, and the specific building in which they landed, would fit their needs perfectly. Dasan is a fantastic addition to Gwinnett’s growing global business environment,” Mr. Masino told Global Atlanta by email while still traveling in Korea.
Dasan USA Inc. was drawn to Duluth not only for its business environment but also because it’s the epicenter of Georgia’s Korean-American community, executives said in a news release.
News about the investment traveled fast. A week after the announcement it was heralded by Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-young in Atlanta during a speech in which he called for easier access to visas for Korean investors.
Dasan is moving some operations from Orange County, Calif., to the Duluth location, where hiring for new positions has already begun.
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