KB Autosys, a brake pad supplier, will invest $38 million in opening its first U.S. advanced manufacturing facility in Meriwether County, Georgia. The company will create 180 jobs to meet product demand from several of its customers, including GM, Hyundai and Kia Motors.
“KB Autosys’ decision to open their first U.S. manufacturing facility in the Peach State is a testament to the strength of the relationship our state has developed with our Korean partners,” said Gov. Brian Kemp.
Headquartered in Chungcheongnam-do, Korea, KB Autosys has grown into a global supplier of brake pads and linings. The new facility, located in Lone Oak, Georgia, near I-85, will be 108,000 square feet, allowing the company to better serve their clients throughout the region.
“We are very excited to be locating our first U.S. manufacturing operation in Meriwether County. In our search for a U.S. location, we visited several communities across the Southeast and met many good people. We learned a lot about each community and especially appreciated the southern hospitality that welcomed us,” said Richard Kaatz, vice president of KB Autosys America. “In the end, we believe Meriwether County is the best fit for KB Autosys, and we would like to thank the county officials and the State of Georgia for their extraordinary support.”
KB Autosys was established in 1985 and has become a leader in brake pad development and manufacturing. The company plans to begin hiring for administrative positions, as well as quality and logistics specialists and machine operators soon.
In 2020, the State of Georgia landed more than $1.3 billion in investment and more than 2,700 jobs from South Korean companies.