Ecoplastic, a Korean-based auto parts manufacturer, is investing $205 million into a manufacturing facility in Bulloch County. The company is a tier-1 supplier for Hyundai, producing products such as consoles, bumpers and more.
“We’re proud to welcome Ecoplastic to our growing ecosystem of manufacturers, logistics professionals, suppliers and more, building on the record-breaking jobs and investments that are on their way to the Peach State,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “This great company will be able to serve the Hyundai Metaplant well from Statesboro, where it will find a welcoming community of hardworking Georgians and close proximity to our ports system.”
The announcement came just one day after the annual meeting for the Savannah Economic Development Authority where the organization’s president Trip Tollison said more suppliers would be coming to the area. The move is expected to bring more than 450 jobs to the region. Production is slated to begin Oct. 2024.
Ecoplastic Corporation is honored to be engaged in establishing a production facility for electric vehicle parts in Bulloch County, Georgia,” said Han Shang, president and CEO of Ecoplastic. “By increasing new jobs within the area and providing a stable supply of high-quality products to our client HMGMA, we look forward to contributing to the economic development of the State of Georgia and Bulloch County. We sincerely appreciate the support of the state and county governments and Ecoplastic will do our best to preserve a continuous and mutually beneficial relationship.”
Benjy Thompson, CEO of the Bulloch County Development Authority, said the area is a great location for suppliers because companies are confident they can drum up enough laborers for their workforce while maintaining close proximity to the plant.
“It’s nice that people are starting to recognize us a little bit more,” said Thompson. “We’ve never been considered a part of the savannah metro but I think over time, we’re going to become more and more part of the region. We’re very happy that the Hyundai project and the megasite has given us the ability to make that connection from Savannah through Bryan and Effingham County up here to us. We are glad the supplier projects are quantifying that connection.”
But where will the workforce come from? Thompson believes the county’s population growth, whether it be folks born and raised there or migrating in, will be key contributors in their labor force.
“We are all aware of the workforce challenge that we have in the region,” said Thompson. “We think a lot of the people will move here from other places because of the great things that are going on, so we are confident that the workforce will meet the challenge and that we’ll have plenty of people to do these jobs. As a region, we will continue to look at ways to enhance the pool size and skill set.”
Want to learn more?
Ecoplastic will be hiring for the finance and human resources department, as well as quality control and paint production positions. Learn more at www.eco-plastic.com.
This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Hyundai supplier Ecoplastic invests in new plant in Bulloch County GA