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Korea's Dasan Machineries to open U.S. headquarters in Duluth, create 150 jobs

A delegation of Gwinnett officials visited Dasan Machineries in Korea Thursday, where officials announced a U.S. headquarters would open in Duluth. Pictured from left to right are: Cheong Woo Park, Director of Finance, Dasan Machineries; Kenny Park, Sales and Marketing Manager, Dasan Machineries; Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners; Mayor Bucky Johnson, City of Norcross; Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett; Byung Hak Kim, CEO and Owner, Dasan Machineries; and Jae ig Lee, Executive Director, Dasan Machineries.

A delegation of Gwinnett officials visited Dasan Machineries in Korea Thursday, where officials announced a U.S. headquarters would open in Duluth. Pictured from left to right are: Cheong Woo Park, Director of Finance, Dasan Machineries; Kenny Park, Sales and Marketing Manager, Dasan Machineries; Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners; Mayor Bucky Johnson, City of Norcross; Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett; Byung Hak Kim, CEO and Owner, Dasan Machineries; and Jae ig Lee, Executive Director, Dasan Machineries.

Korean manufacturer Dasan Machineries will open its first U.S. headquarters in Duluth, creating 150 jobs in the community, officials announced Thursday.

The company will use high-precision machinery to manufacture components for the automotive and defense industries at this new location.

“We were drawn to Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia because of the pro-business environment, skilled workforce and existing infrastructure that is available in the region,” said Jin Noh, president of Dasan USA. “We were further excited to learn that Duluth is the center of Georgia’s Korean-American community. As a family-owned business, we place a high value on being locally involved and hope to positively contribute to the area’s growth and success for years to come.”

Gov. Nathan Deal praised the move, which will bring $30 million in investment over the next three years.

“Our longstanding business relationship with Korea is evident when state-of-the-art companies such as Dasan Machineries choose Georgia when they expand in this country,” Deal said in a press release. “Dasan Machineries’ decision to move its first U.S. headquarters here is a testament to Georgia’s top-ranked workforce, interconnected highways and railway systems.”

Currently, more than 60 Korean facilities operate in Georgia.

“Georgia’s manufacturing hub is gaining global recognition,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Dasan Machineries’ job creation adds to the roughly one-third of Georgians in the automotive industry who are employed by Korean companies, and I am confident that our qualified talent pool will further the success of this leading global company.”

Officials made the announcement during a trip to Dasan’s global headquarters in South Korea by a Partnership Gwinnett delegation. The delegation, including Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson and Partnership Gwinnett leader Nick Masino of the Chamber of Commerce, is on a five-day business mission to explore trade opportunities and build relationships in the region, the release said.

“It was a pleasure to meet Byung Hak Kim, Dasan Machineries’ CEO and owner, during our trade mission and personally thank him for investing in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia,” Nash said. “Dasan’s strong global presence, high-quality products, and continued growth make it a welcome addition to our international business community.”

Those interested in a job at the new Duluth facility should email dasan@dasanusa.com.