Duckyang will open its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Jackson County, Georgia, creating 285 jobs. The Korean company, which supplies automotive battery modules and energy storage systems, will invest $10 million in the 230,000-square-foot facility located in Braselton. It will provide the modules and storage systems to SK Battery America (SKBA).
“By entering the U.S. electric vehicle battery market with SKBA, we will have the opportunity to cooperate with many other automotive companies, including Hyundai and Kia Motors, that already have a manufacturing base in the U.S.,” said Dong-in Son, CEO of Duckyang Ind. Co. Ltd.
The firm also supplies cockpit modules to customers around the world including Hyundai, Kia, Renault Samsung Motors, Genesis and Mobis. By opening its facility in Georgia, Duckyang says it will be able to better serve several of its automotive customers.
Hyundai has a manufacturing facility in nearby Montgomery, Alabama, and Kia has a manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia.
“It is expected that we will have business expansion opportunities to supply not only electric vehicle parts but also interior parts, including the cockpit module, door trim panel module and other flagship parts to global automakers based in the United States,” said Son.
SK Battery America, the U.S. production corporation for electric batteries of SK Innovation, has started recruiting employees for its Georgia facility that was announced in July 2020 and is currently under construction.