Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp are headed to South Korea. The state has seen a lot of success in recruiting Korean companies to either locate or expand here and the trip is both an effort to express some gratitude and to reinforce the economic development partnerships that have led to this success.

Some 100 facilities of Korean companies are in Georgia, with approximately 10,000 Georgians employed. The country is now the state’s third largest importer nation, behind China and Mexico – and it could vault into second place soon. Products from Korea are generally of the high value variety, including passenger vehicles, fork lifts, auto parts and chemical binding agents. It is getting hard to keep track but the two biggest single economic development projects in the state are likely both Korean companies, the sprawling SK Innovation plan in Jackson County and the Hyundai electric vehicle and battery plant in Bryan County. Last year alone, Korean companies announced more than $10 billion in investments and will more than double the employees across the state when these facilities open.


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