For the third time in a month, a Korean automotive supplier has announced a major expansion in Georgia

Hanil E Hwa interior Systems Georgia Inc., which supplies Kia Motors’s Georgia plant with interior systems, panels and bumpers, is spending $5.5 million to upgrade its facility in LaGrange, where it will hire up to 80 new workers. 

Hanil’s expansion brings the total Korean investment announced since May 1 to $45.5 million, potentially supporting 260 new jobs.

Dasan Machineries announced a $30 million factory in Gwinnett County in May, while Jinsung T.E.C. Inc. said it would build a $10 million plant to supply Caterpillar Inc.’s Athens plant as well as automotive manufacturers. The company has had a warehouse in Georgia for six years. 

Hanil E Hwa set up shop in the LaGrange Industrial Park in 2010 to supply the Kia plant in West Point.

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