At a festive, well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday marked the opening the headquarters of Hyundai Construction Equipment of the Americas, Inc. in the City of Norcross. The new $10 million facility will bring an estimated 100 jobs to the area, according to the company.
“We’ve learned that Georgia is a very business friendly environment,” said Hyundai Constructions Equipment Americas, Inc. President John Lim before official opening. He said that transportation infrastructure, a skilled pool of local workers and, most importantly, Southern hospitality drew him to the location, at 6100 Atlantic Blvd.
“It is the success of this business that adds prosperity to the local economy and the state of Georgia,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who was at the new facility to cut the ribbon. Deal said he first met Lim while on a tour of Korea and China.
He pointed to the Quick Start program in technical colleges in Georgia as another way the area landed the deal. “It was very influential in directing companies to the state,” Deal said.
County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash gave gushing thanks to the company for choosing Gwinnett. “Jobs are what it’s all about now,” she said. “This means a lot."
Mayor Bucky Johnson presented Lim with a key to the city. He said that the headquarters was the last large building in the Norcross that was without a tenant, but that was just one reason for the excitement around the headquarters, which will serve all of North and South America.
“To have a company as well respected as Hyundai coming to Norcross—it’s amazing,” said Johnson. He said that there could be a potential “halo effect,” in which similar or supporting businesses also see the draw of Norcross as well.
An office of the Georgia Department of Economic Development in Korea first made contact with Hyundai, then worked to woo them to Georgia, led by Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce Gretchen Corbin. As Johnson notes, it took many stars aligning for the deal to go through, with the Gwinnett Chamber’s Economic Development team and the City of Norcross stepping in to make things happen as well.