Atlanta, GA ~ In a recent announcement, Governor Brian P. Kemp revealed that Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. will be investing over $30 million in a new manufacturing facility in Metter, Georgia. This move is expected to create 200 new jobs in Candler County and marks the second automotive supplier to be announced in the area within the past six months.

Governor Kemp expressed his excitement for the growth of Georgia's auto manufacturing industry and how it has positively impacted communities across the state. He stated that in fiscal year 2023, 82 percent of new jobs and over $20 billion of investments went to areas outside of metro Atlanta. The City of Metter and Candler County are among those benefiting from this success, and Governor Kemp is pleased to welcome Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. to the community.

Doowon Group, established in Korea in 1974, specializes in designing and manufacturing automotive climate control systems. The company will serve as a key supplier for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (Kia Georgia) and Hyundai Motor Group.

CEO Ki Chun Sung expressed the company's optimism about establishing their first automotive air conditioning system production facility in the United States. He believes that their technological expertise and industry experience will contribute significantly to the growth of the local community. Sung also extended his appreciation to the State of Georgia and Candler County for their unwavering support throughout the process.

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The new manufacturing facility will be located in the Metter-Candler County I-16 Industrial Park, which is a "Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development" (GRAD) certified site. It will primarily produce climate control systems for traditional and electric vehicles, with operations set to begin in 2026.

Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. plans to hire employees from various fields such as injection molding technicians, assembly operators, quality control specialists, materials specialists, production specialists, engineers, and management positions. Job opportunities will be advertised in local newspapers and on recruitment websites as they become available.

Metter Mayor Ed Boyd expressed his honor in welcoming Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. to the community, stating that the company's investment of 200 jobs and over $30 million is a significant step towards desirable manufacturing employment for the citizens of Metter.

Glyn Thrift, Chairman of the Candler County Board of Commissioners, also shared his excitement about Doowon Climate Control America, Inc.'s decision to invest in Metter. He stated that it is a testament to the value of their people, community, and role in state and worldwide industrial development.

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development's (GDEcD) Global Commerce team was represented by Director of Project Implementation and Supplier Strategy Alyce Thornhill in this competitive project. They worked closely with the Candler County Industrial Authority, Georgia Power, Georgia Ports Authority, and Georgia Quick Start to secure this investment.

GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson congratulated Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. and their community partners on this achievement. He also highlighted Georgia's efforts in fostering healthy industry practices and positioning the state as a leader in developing emerging technologies for the automotive and mobility industry. With the growing electric vehicle market, Georgia has attracted over $25.7 billion in investments and created 30,200 jobs since 2018. In fiscal year 2023 alone, job creation in the automotive industry increased by 324 percent compared to FY21.

Overall, Doowon Climate Control America, Inc.'s decision to invest in Metter is a testament to Georgia's thriving auto manufacturing industry and its commitment to supporting communities outside of metro Atlanta. This move will not only bring economic growth but also create job opportunities for local residents.

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