The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced the investment during its most recent trip to South Korea, where it met with Dasan leaders and solidified ties with companies likeMega Mart, a Korean grocery chain with a store at Gwinnett Place Mall.
During the May trip, the Gwinnett delegation also renewed the county's ties with Gangnam, a wealthy Seoul district where a sister-community arrangement was launched in 2009. Gwinnett chamber leaders and county commission chair Charlotte Nash participated in the trip.
Nick Masino, senior vice president for economic development at the chamber, said the big win was the result of a team effort with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
"Together, we worked to understand the company’s vision. Ultimately, we knew the city of Duluth, and the specific building in which they landed, would fit their needs perfectly. Dasan is a fantastic addition to Gwinnett’s growing global business environment,” Mr. Masino told Global Atlanta by email while still traveling in Korea.
News about the investment traveled fast. A week after the announcement it was heralded by Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-young in Atlantaduring a speech in which he called for easier access to visas for Korean investors.
Dasan is moving some operations from Orange County, Calif., to the Duluth location, where hiring for new positions has already begun.
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