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NORCROSS -- A construction giant will open its headquarters and warehouse facility in Norcross, creating about 100 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday.
The Atlantic Boulevard location will be home to Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, a company formed in 1991 offering 18 models of excavators, four models of forestry machines and six wheel loaders.
"Hyundai Construction Equipment has a global reputation as a leader in providing its customers with innovative, high-quality equipment that serves all facets of the construction industry," Deal said in a press release announcing the $10 million investment in Gwinnett. "Georgia's strategic resources create opportunities to attract well-known international companies like HCE and help broaden our presence in the global business community. It is my privilege to welcome HCE to our state, and I look forward to the company's continued growth."
The local operations, which are expected to be up and running in the fall, will include office space for the company's finance, sales, remanufacturing and service operations, the release said of HCE, a subsidiary of South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
"I want to thank Gov. Deal and all those involved in the process that made our decision to move to Georgia an easy one," said John Lim, president of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. "Given that this is the headquarters of the Americas, we needed a location that was strategically located not only for access to markets in the Southeastern United States but South and Central America as well. Georgia, Gwinnett County and the city of Norcross will be ideal as we grow our business for the future."
In a press release, officials said the location was chosen because of access to major highways, proximity to the company's customers' distribution operations and a large talent pool for workers.
"The expansion of this well respected international company will be an excellent fit for the location and provide access to a talented work force," Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said. "We look forward to working with the leadership of the company to make them feel at home."
The announcement is another feather in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Partnership Gwinnett efforts to draw major industry, said Nick Masino, who heads the program.
"Our partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development continue to work tirelessly to cultivate relationships with large brand name companies," Masino said. "Hyundai Construction Equipment's relocation of its North and South American headquarters to Gwinnett is completely in alignment with the Partnership Gwinnett Global Business Efforts and adds to the growing foundation of headquarter locations currently doing business and growing in Gwinnett County."