26 Apr 2017
Georgia has effectively used its centralized location among Southeastern automotive OEMs to recruit a wide-array of small to mid-sized part suppliers. From BMW to the east, Volkswagen to the north, and Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, and Kia to the west, these European and Asian suppliers represent a significant amount of the new manufacturing base being built in our state.
Most often, they are German companies without U.S. operations, said Nico Wijnberg, director of international investment at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In the past two years, Georgia has added such 17 suppliers, most of which have never tried manufacturing in the U.S. He says there are many such parts companies in Europe.