Shipping company to bring 160 jobs to Gwinnett

A shipping company will relocate its North American headquarters to Peachtree Corners, creating 160 new jobs in Gwinnett County, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday.

United Arab Shipping Company will move into a 50,000-square-foot Spalding Drive facility, housing its shipping, logistics, accounting, finance and customer service activities as well as executive management for the North American operations.

“The strength of our ports is attracting global logistics companies such as United Arab Shipping Company to increase their presence here,” Deal said in a press release. “With our skilled workforce and solid logistics infrastructure, it is clear that this state-of-the-art company will continue to support the boom of the shipping industry.”

The new location brings the North America operations closer to the Port of Savannah, the release noted.

“UASC believes that Atlanta is the ideal spot to house our North American Corporate office for a number of reasons,” said Anil Vitarana, president of United Arab Shipping-North America. “Traditionally we’ve had a strong presence in the South Atlantic market and we believe that the Metro Atlanta area will offer us access to a pool of skilled employees. The excellent global airline network and the quality of life that the area will provide our staff also factored in our decision. In addition, we are excited about the prospect of bringing more than 160 new jobs to the Atlanta area.”

According to the press release, UASC was formed jointly between the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Iraq, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to connect the Middle East to the rest of the world.

“This new headquarters in Gwinnett County underscores the pro-business assets that exist in Georgia,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our interconnected highways and waterways, combined with a ready-to-work community, create the ideal location for innovative companies like United Arab Shipping to relocate its headquarters.”

Both Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason said they were happy to welcome the company.

“As metro Atlanta’s premier location for international business, Gwinnett County welcomes this global leader in shipping, and its U.S. headquarters, to our community,” Nash said. “We are excited to add another firm to the ranks of more than 500 internationally based businesses that already call Gwinnett home.”

Mason was excited about the 160 high-wage jobs the company will bring.

“We look forward to helping our talented residents connect with the high-wage positions coming to our area,” he said.

Gwinnett’s Chamber of Commerce worked with state and metro Atlanta officials to recruit the company.

“United Arab Shipping Company will add to a growing number of headquarters and logistics companies that have chosen to locate or expand their operations in Gwinnett County due to our skilled labor force, pro-business climate and exceptional infrastructure,” said Kellie Brownlow, of Partnership Gwinnett. “This relocation to Peachtree Corners is another win for our community and is evidence that Gwinnett County is a leading location for business in metro Atlanta and the Southeast.”