Six of 15 companies cited by the Metro Atlanta Chamber as either having moved to or expanded their operations in the 29-county metro area during the first quarter of 2014 are foreign owned.

David B. Hartnett, senior vice president in the chamber’s economic development division, said in an email release that all the companies listed had projected a minimum of 20 new jobs.

Among the foreign-owned companies listed are:

Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Co., which is establishing its U.S. headquarters in Peachtree Corners and projects 160 jobs;

Shanghai-based China Shipping (North America) Agency, which is locating a call center in Marietta and is projected to add 75 jobs;

Aquafil USA, a subsidiary of Arco di Trento, Italy-based Aquafil S.p.A., which is expanding its U.S. headquarters/manufacturing facility in Cartersville that will create up to 70 jobs;

United Kingdom-based IT installation firm ASH Projects in Honley, West Yorkshire, which has located its new U.S. headquarters in Norcross where it plans to create 30 jobs;

Dublin, Ireland-based Jinny Software, a mobile software developer, which is opening its new U.S. corporate headquarters in Sandy Springs and plans to add 25 jobs;

Citim AM Inc., a subsidiary of Barleben, Germany-based parts manufacturer citimGmbH, which is opening its U.S. headquarters in Kennesaw and projects up to 20 jobs.

The U.S. based firms on the list include ColibriumDirect, Verizon Wireless, Gordon Food Service, mBlox, Niagara, AKESOgen, Cloud Sherpas, Charlie & Sons and Prince Global Sports.

For more information, Mr. Hartnett may be reached at (404) 586-8444 or by email at