In a decision that reflects the city”s progressive economic appeal, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA) has announced plans to relocate its headquarters and warehouse facilities into the city. Previously based outside of Chicago, the company”s operational reach covers all of North, Central and South America, manufacturing more than 28 models of heavy construction equipment including excavators, forestry machines and wheel loaders. The move is expected to create about 100 jobs over five years.
According to Norcross Economic Development Manager, Rusty Warner, Norcross offered several appealing benefits for HCEA. “The package included more than just the ideal real estate,”# explained Warner. “There were several logistical benefits including Norcross” proximity to major highways. In addition, I got the impression that they liked the charm, and the sense of community that we offer. HCEA”s management philosophy seems to include being an involved partner with its community, contributing and participating at a local, more personal level as well as being an international entity. Norcross offers them a unique opportunity to do exactly that.”#
“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 HCEA in a recent statement. “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, Gwinnet County and the City of Norcross will be ideal as we grow our business into the future.”#
The new facility is currently under renovation with plans to include office space for the company”s finance, sales and service operations. Located at 6100 Atlantic Boulevard in Norcross, the new headquarters are expected to be fully operational by third quarter of 2011.